Annika Barranti Klein

Annika Barranti Klein likes books, obviously.   Twitter: @noirbettie

The Nice One: The Bookish Life of Betty White

Did you know that before Betty White was an actress, she was a writer? Find out more about the bookish life of this beloved pop culture icon!

Who Was George Villiers, and Why is He in So Many Books?

Who was George Villiers? Here’s the short answer: George Villiers was an extremely messy bisexual in 17th century England.

The Great Unrequited Literary Crushes of the 1800s

Let me tell you about the wild, romantic, and tragic intersecting love lives of Andersen, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickens.

Why Do So Many Authors Have Pet Monkeys?

Authors have long been known for their pets. But why have so many authors, including Virginia Woolf, historically had pet monkeys?

I Left Your Favorite Book Off That List On Purpose

So I wrote a list of books and left off your favorite. Well, I hate to tell you, but I absolutely did on purpose, and here's why.

Emily Dickinson in Pop Culture

From kids' shows to hard rock bands, Emily Dickinson has influenced many different facets of pop culture. And it's just getting started.

More Questions Than Answers Arise As Manuscript Thief Caught

The thief who'd been seeking -- and successfully acquiring -- pre-published manuscripts of big books and debuts has been arrested.

The Bookish Life of Catherine O’Hara

Catherine O'Hara. You adore her. My best friend adores her. My mother adores her, my children adore her. The bookish life adores her.

The Best Audio Adaptations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Get in the holiday spirit with the best of the best radio dramas, audiobooks, and other adaptations of A Christmas Carol.


If you want to plan an Alice in Wonderland tea party, here are some invitation, decor, and party favor ideas you'll love.

Feminist Author bell hooks Has Died at 69

Legendary feminist author and activist bell hooks has died at the age of 69.


Is A Christmas Carol anti-capitalism or just reformist? Is it a morality tale? What was the author's intent, and how has it been read since?

The Best Tabletop Roleplaying Games and Accessories (That Aren’t D&D)

From Studio Ghibli inspired to tarot-based, these tabletop RPGs can be played alone or with others (even from a distance!).

8 Fictional Books About Writers and the Writing Life

Sure you can read memoirs or biographies of authors. But what about fictional books about writers and the writing life? Let’s explore titles like Beach Read.

Every Bookish Announcement From Disney+ Day

Nearly everything Disney announced for Disney+ Day is bookish in one way or another, from direct adaptations of books to Marvel and Star Wars series.