Electric Literature: 23 Indie Presses to Support After the Close of Small Press Distribution

Electric Literature: 23 Indie Presses to Support After the Close of Small Press Distribution

On March 28, Small Press Distribution (SPD), the 55-year old company that helped 385 indie publishers deliver their books to customers, collapsed without warning. This is an existential blow in a business where finances are delicate at the best of times. Books remain stranded in warehouses and could take months to be recovered, past income […]

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Electric Literature: Electric Literature’s Favorite Indie Bookstores

Electric Literature: Electric Literature’s Favorite Indie Bookstores

Whenever I travel to a new city, my favorite way to get to know the community is to venture into local bookstores. Anything from feminist shops that highlight writers of color to bookstore/cafe hybrids, I never quite know what I’m walking into, and that buzz of excitement never gets old. Last year, we shared some […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Genre-Smashing Horror Novels in Translation

Electric Literature: 7 Genre-Smashing Horror Novels in Translation

The most compelling horror novels are those that resent the very rules of their own genre. These books throw their elbows around and demand more space, pushing against the parameters, which quickly become elastic, until the novels defy easy categorization. To call them horror, then, is a disservice, but so would calling them “cross-genre.” They […]

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Electric Literature: The Best Books of Spring 2024, According to Indie Booksellers

Electric Literature: The Best Books of Spring 2024, According to Indie Booksellers

This spring has been a glorious and bountiful season for books. To find out which new and forthcoming releases we should be reading, we reached out to indie booksellers across America. Their recommendations cover a broad range of genres, countries, and subject matters. Whether it’s a reimagining of Huckleberry Finn, a cyberpunk space thriller, a […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Books About Women Who Put Friendship at the Center of Their Lives

Electric Literature: 7 Books About Women Who Put Friendship at the Center of Their Lives

I have always found myself building extremely romantic friendships. Long hours lost to phone calls, text marathons, letters, no-reason gifts, the sharing of meals and secrets and small, tender intimacies.  For whatever reason, it has always seemed apparent that my friendships—if handled with devotion and care—will outlast my romantic relationships. Through adolescence and early adulthood […]

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Electric Literature: 8 Novels Inspired by the Author’s Day Job

Electric Literature: 8 Novels Inspired by the Author’s Day Job

Like many authors, I don’t write alongside a “day job” but rather a portfolio career. For over a decade a key strand of my work has focused on human rights non-fiction editing. During the U.K.’s covid lockdown, the femicide rate spiked even as my clients (frontline workers, activists and academics) struggled to get support for […]

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Electric Literature: 8 Books about the Interdependence Between Humans and Animals

Electric Literature: 8 Books about the Interdependence Between Humans and Animals

Animals are all around us; as I write this, stinkbugs are crawling on my office window, squirrels are busy in the white pines and poplar trees, and (though I can’t see them) deer and bobcats are roaming not far away. Culture usually trains us to draw sharp lines between ourselves and all other species. We […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Very Short Books That You Can Read in One Sitting

Electric Literature: 7 Very Short Books That You Can Read in One Sitting

A few years ago, I found myself getting into short books.  Works of fiction mostly, very short story collections.  I was quite literally attracted to their shortness—the slim spines a definite selling point.  At first I worried that my attention span was shrinking.   That soon—perhaps very soon—I wouldn’t read anything at all.  But no: I […]

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