Leah Rachel von Essen

Leah Rachel von Essen is a writer and editor who gets most of her reading done while walking. She works full-time as a magazine assistant editor, while also reviewing for Booklist, writing for Book Riot and other publications, writing her blog, and working on writing and querying her novels. She uses her spare time to watch women's soccer, travel, and sometimes even sleep. Originally from New Jersey, she came to the South Side of Chicago to study magical realism, surrealism, fairy tales, religious studies, and the forms of the novel at the University of Chicago. She, her cat Ms. Nellie Bly, and her two large bookshelves live reading-and-walking distance from Lake Michigan. Leah writes about the books she's reading at While Reading and Walking. Twitter: @reading_while

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Who Was Virginia Woolf?

The author is too often reduced to her death—we break past that into who Virginia Woolf really was, as a woman and writer.

Why Anna Karenina Isn’t the Romance People Think It Is

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The FEAR STREET Trailer Dropped: Here’s What You Should Know

Find out what books Netflix is drawing from for its new R-rated movies based on the popular series from R.L. Stine.

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards

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