Looking for a few good books by womxn, international authors, trans/gender nonconforming writers, or other historically underrpresented populations? Take a look through some of my favorite websites for the latest in literary news, author info, and reviews.
African American Literature Book Club https://aalbc.com/
AALBC is the largest and most popular website dedicated to African American and Black Literature from around the world. We celebrate Black culture, through books, for readers of all backgrounds to enjoy.
Arab Lit https://arablit.org/
A site dedicated to Arabic literature and translation.
Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are.
Electric Lit https://electricliterature.com/
Electric Literature is a nonprofit dedicated to making literature more exciting, relevant, and accessible. They are committed to publishing work that is intelligent and unpretentious, to elevating new voices, and to examining how literature and storytelling can help illuminate social justice issues.
Emily Books https://www.emilybooks.com/
Emily Books is a project that publishes, publicizes, and celebrates the best work of transgressive writers of the past, present and future.
The Free Black Women’s Library https://thefreeblackwomanslibrary.tumblr.com/
The virtual site for The Free Black Women’s Library, a mobile trading library and interactive biblio installation that features a collection of 900 books written by Black women. The library creatively uses books to build community and explore the intersections of race, class, culture and gender while creating space to center and celebrate the voices of Black women in art, film literature. This mobile library pops up monthly and mainly in unique and radical spaces throughout Brooklyn, NYC.
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Launched in January 2007, the Goodreads mission is to help people find and share books they love.
Haymarket Books https://www.haymarketbooks.org/
Haymarket Books is a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change.
In Tori Lex: Judging Books Beyond the Cover http://www.intorilex.com/
Among other genres, Tori offers insightful reviews of YA, sci-fi, dystopian, and thrillers on her blog.
Johannesburg Review of Books (JRB) https://johannesburgreviewofbooks.com/
The Johannesburg Review of Books publishes reviews, essays, poetry, photographs and short fiction from South Africa, Africa and beyond.
Lambda Literary https://www.lambdaliterary.org/
The nation’s leading LGBTQ+ literary organization.
Lit CelebrAsian https://litcelebrasian.wordpress.com/
Literally Black http://www.literallyblack.com/
Literally Black is a review site dedicated to the exposure, and promotion of black literature–this includes but is not limited to books written by African-Americans.
Literary Everything https://literaryeverything.com/
Literary Everything is a blog that reviews books written by Nigerian authors.
Monlatable Book Reviews https://www.monlatablereviews.com/
Monica reviews an eclectic mix of fiction to spread her love of reading.
Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian https://www.library.wisc.edu/gwslibrarian/
The Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian (GWSL) at the University of Wisconsin provides topical bibliographies and resource guides, lists of feminist and LGBTQ+ publishers and bookstores, as well as one-on-one research consultations to activists, scholars, and citizens around the world.
Shelf Awareness http://www.shelf-awareness.com/
Shelf Awareness is a free e-newsletter about books and the book industry.
Trans Book Reviews https://transbookreviews.wordpress.com/
Trans Book Reviews review books featuring transgender or non-binary main characters.
Well Read Black Girl https://wellreadblackgirl.com/
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood. Her book club has met with several award-winning authors including Margo Jefferson, Naomi Jackson, and Angela Flournoy. Well-Read Black Girl’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers.
Bina reviews books by women writers of Color and non-binary people of Color as well as indigenous WoC/NB PoC, at all intersections.
Women’s Review of Books https://www.wcwonline.org/Women-s-Review-of-Books/womens-review-of-books
Since 1983 the Women’s Review of Books has provided a forum for serious, informed discussion of new writing by and about women.
Women Writers, Women’s Books http://booksbywomen.org/
An online literary magazine by and about contemporary women writers from around the world. Women Writers, Women’s Books was launched in 2011 to be another platform for contemporary women writers and authors around the world writing in English.
What are your favorite bookish sites or blogs that feature diverse authors and titles?