We’re very excited to announce the next twist in the Bombshell journey: Mehak Anwar, our brand-new intern, is going to be spearheading the Bombshell blog for the foreseeable future. In this interview, Anwar tells us what feminism means to her.
The Better Bombshell is a book that asked writers and artists to work together to talk about feminism in a new way. We often use this blog to address issues about women and their stories, but today we’re highlighting a beautiful project that also asks writers and artists to combine forces in new and unusual ways. Michael Raudzis Dinkel [...]
Temperatures were in the single digits outside. Thick scents of fresh-brewed chai, grinding coffee beans, and flaky pastry cozied up the air inside. Chatting at the central table of our local coffee shop yesterday morning, the Question arose again. The seemingly all-competent carpenter in Carharts broke out of the conversation to skewer me with a look, “How do you stand it?!” he asks. “Aren’t you just worried all the time?”
This article about Bombshell contributor Kate Protage was originally posted on Terrain.org. Read the full text and see a gallery of Kate’s images here. For most of her life, Kate Protage has been a wanderer. Growing up, she and her family lived in more than 18 different places of suburban sprawl. As an adult, she shifted toward more urban environments, [...]
As many of you know, we’ve been bustling around the country on book tour. We’ve met with great success, and we’re thrilled to see the book in stores around the country. We’re also working hard to have the book reviewed — and the glowing reviews are starting to trickle in! This most recent review was posted on the Boston Area [...]
A couple of weeks ago I walked into the apartment I share with my boyfriend carrying a stack of books. He kissed me on the forehead, then scanned the titles tucked under my arm. “Oh, good,” he nodded. “We should work on that with Huckleberry.” Confused, I asked him to clarify. He had seen the spine of this book, which reads Get Out Of My Crotch, and assumed – quite reasonably, given the furry new addition to our family – that it was a book on how to train puppies.
When I was a boy, I wanted to be Wonder Woman.
As an editor, I’m often asked what I look for in a manuscript. One thing I’ve heard my colleagues say — and I’ve said myself — is that we’re looking for “strong female characters.” I edit young adult books, which have a huge female readership, and these young women want to read about other young women. YA is a wildly successful publishing category, and it continues to grow while other segments of the market shrink. So finding the characters that these readers would be invested in makes sense from a business perspective.
Growing up, I notice my mother’s white friends calls her Espie. Not “Hope,” which is the English translation of her name, but a shorten version which none of our Spanish-speaking family or friends have ever heard. Soon all her white friends call her this. Soon her family adopts this. It makes me angry. Esperanza, I think, pulling at my skin. Stop that, my Aunt Nena says. She’s like porcelain, my aunt says of my skin. My skin is very pale. My Uncle Balani teases me about being so pale. My mind starts working overtime.