Against The List: 11 Books By Women Every Man Should Read (AmReading.com)

As recently bemoaned in the Times Literary Supplement, for centuries lists have tried to dictate how and what we read. Of course, it’s nice to be offered suggestions, a guiding hand along literary paths we might otherwise not discover by ourselves, but unfortunately that guiding hand has more often than not been male – and…

Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry Of Misuzu Kaneko (AmReading.com)

“The flower shop man dreams of happiness for the flowers he sold.” The poems of Taisho era writer Misuzu Kaneko (née Teru, 1903-1930) have become the subject of a new children’s book. Are You An Echo? is the creation of author David Jacobson, together with co-translators Michiko Tsuboi and Sally Ito. It takes a look…

9 Small Press Poetry Books You Should Read In December (AmReading.com)

For Small Press Distribution (“the nation’s only non-profit distributor”), indie bookstores are a lifeline. One of these in particular, Seattle’s Open Books, has been going for over 20 years, specializing in everything to do with poetry. Recently under new ownership, Open Books (a “500-square-foot shop brimming with more than 10,000 new, used, and out-of-print” books)…

10 Books That Changed The World For The Better (AmReading.com)

To celebrate UN International Tolerance Day this year, Bath Spa University compiled a list of the 10 most influential books ever published that “encouraged free thought and positive change in society.” Part of the University Library’s “Reads and Rights” campaign, the titles selected come from both the twentieth- and twenty-first-centuries, and cross stylistic divides and…

Fairytales With A French Twist: Cinderella And Co. Through A Glass Darkly (AmReading.com)

An English translation of 19th and 20th century French versions of your favorite stories, made “deliciously cruel” by the likes of Baudelaire and Apollinaire, hit bookstores earlier this month. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned revealed another side to characters fondly remembered from childhood. From a masochistic Cinderella, horribly submissive to her stepsisters, to a Little Red…