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15 Must-Read Black Fantasy Authors
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15 Must-Read Black Fantasy Authors

by Margaret Kingsbury While admittedly Black History Month might not be the best time to discuss works of fantasy, many, if not all, of the novels by these fifteen black fantasy authors are steeped in black history, whether they be alternate histories of the Civil War or infused with the Carribean and/or African folklore and...

The Horrific Origins of Fairy Tales
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The Horrific Origins of Fairy Tales

By Margaret Kingsbury “All that is left is to make him delicious,” says the delightfully creepy witch at the end of the movie trailer for Gretel & Hansel, a horror retelling of the classic tale. No talking animals, no pastel prettiness, no Disney whimsy. This is a film that’s pulling from the grotesque origins of...

8 Must-Read Feminist Nonfiction Books
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8 Must-Read Feminist Nonfiction Books

by Margaret Kingsbury Trigger warning: this post discusses sexual abuse as well as other types of violence against women. Feminism is essential. 90% of women inmates in the United States have been sexually abused (Waldman and Levi). 700 million women alive today have been married under the age of 18 and  14% of Arab girls...

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11 Indigenous Canadian Children’s Books To Read To Your Children

by Margaret Kingsbury In honor of Canadian History Week (Nov. 18-24) and Native American Heritage Month (November), we’ve gathered these eleven children’s books by Indigenous creatures to celebrate the rich cultures of Indigneous persons from Canada. While some of these children’s books tell stories from the past, others place Indigenous peoples in contemporary times. It’s...

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Witching The Book

by Margaret Kingsbury In fairy tales, witches are often scary, though not always. They sometimes eat children, curse innocent bystanders, poison fair maidens. But sometimes witches are the arbiters of goodness. When two stepsisters approach a witch and one helps her and the other mocks her in “Diamonds and Toads,” for instance, the kind sister...

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The Most Banned Books From 2018

by Margaret Kingsbury Started in 1982 by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, Banned Books Weeks lists the top ten (in this case, eleven) challenged books in the United States using information compiled from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to the OIF. 2018’s list contains many books from previous years, with three new additions....