Bill Sullivan, a fifth-generation Oregonian, sits in his wood-paneled basement, fielding emails from Oregon hikers. They’re sending him updates on trail conditions. Within eyeshot at his desk are his framed diplomas — one a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Cornell and the other a m…

Shout out to Daylight Savings time for giving us more hours in the day. Coincidentally (and quite fortunately) there are a plethora of literary gems to look forward to reading outside under the sun this upcoming season. Although it may not quite yet be time to stock up on lighthearted summer…

When Rachel Kushner wrote her 2017 book “The Mars Room,” she said that she wanted to create a life full of the people that “the state of California rendered invisible to others.” In a novel full of incarceration, surveillance and grit, “The Mars Room” shines a light on these institutionally …

In the words of the American Women's History Initiative, Women’s History Month is meant to “encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.” To honor the celebration constructively and steer clear of literary sexism, here are some contemporary …

As Black History Month comes to a close, there is still so much to learn and understand about the depth of ingrained inequalities in contemporary society. Yaa Gyasi’s 2016 debut novel, “Homegoing,” analyzes and encompasses Black history in America by tracing the roots of oppression to the Go…

To honor Black History Month this year, you might want to consider adjusting your 2019 reading list from the traditionally-celebrated African American authors who have molded the shape of contemporary American literature — academic staples such as Octavia Butler, Langston Hughes and Zora Nea…

Mesha Maren’s debut novel, “Sugar Run,” tells the story of a queer, Appalachian woman, Jodi, who just finished an 18-year stint in a federal correctional facility; she was 17 when she was sentenced to life in prison. When she is released in 2007, she’s uneasy about returning home to her brok…