#Educational

A Bookish History of Fandom

From handwritten letters and zines to LiveJournal and then TikTok, bookish fandoms continue to reinvent themselves to stay relevant.

A History of the Midnight Release Party

How did the midnight release party for big name book releases get started, and is there still room for them in an age of instant downloads?

Should We Still Study Shakespeare?

Should we still study Shakespeare? There isn’t a simple answer, but I think we should.

The Layer Cake of Science Fiction: A Sub-Genre Primer

Like our universe, the science fiction genre is constantly expanding. Here is a sampling of the seemingly endless list of its subgenres.

How Many Words Did Shakespeare Invent?

It's in the hundreds. Find out how many words and phrases Shakespeare invented, along with a breakdown of how words are "invented."

The Correlation Between Sundown Towns and Book Bans: Forsyth County, GA

How to Contact Your Legislators About Book Bans (And Why it Matters)

We've got all the tools you need to research and contact your local lawmakers about book bans and censorship.

Heather Has How Many Mommies? The Importance of Community to The Creation of HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES

How did HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES, one of the most challenged books in the US, come to be written?

The Best Of the Best Of’s: An Exploration of Best Of Anthologies

Thousands of short stories are read each year in order for editors to create Best of anthologies. Here is a look at a few.

The History of the Cherokee Phoenix, the First Native Language Newspaper

The Cherokee Phoenix was the first indigenous newspaper in the U.S., starting in 1828, and it is still reporting today.