Dana Staves

Going through life with an apron tied on and a pen in her hand, Dana Staves writes about books and food. She also writes a little fiction. She lives in Maryland with her wife, their son, and their cat.

Comics Syllabus: A Comics Newbie’s Quest to Dabble Deeper

Rioter Dana is a comics newbie, but she wants to learn more, read more, and even learn to draw them herself. So what did she do? She made a comics syllabus.

New In Town, New at the Library

Rioter Dana is a military spouse, which means she moves a LOT. And with every move, she finds herself new in town, new at the library, and searching for that homey feeling we all want among stacks of books.

Fertility Treatments and Protecting Myself From My Books

Dana was trying and trying and trying to get pregnant, and her one escape - books - just made things worse. So she shook out of her rut, found new genres, and new stories to help her through the process.

Marvel Hints at Plans for Ms. Marvel Movie

A Ms. Marvel movie is "definitely sort of in the works." We'll take it!

The Best Brené Brown Quotes On Vulnerability, Love, And Belonging

A floppity jillion Brené Brown quotes to bolster your courage, teach you about vulnerability, and help you get into the arena.

Why I Can’t Listen to Audiobooks

No matter what the book being recommended, I just can't listen to audiobooks. I really tried. And to prove it, here's a brief history of me being read to.

Publisher Delays Paperback for Sherman Alexie’s Latest Book

Sherman Alexie's publisher has postponed the paperback publication of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me in light of accusations of sexual misconduct.

Michelle Obama’s Memoir To Be Released in November

Michelle Obama's memoir BECOMING will come out November 13th.

I Finally Read Harry Potter

One Rioter's journey to finally reading Harry Potter after years of her friends pressuring her to do so, and what happened when she finally did read it.

6 Upcoming Fiction Releases Dressed Up with Floral Covers

Winter is sticking around a bit longer, but these six fiction releases, with their floral covers, have us dreaming about warmer weather and summer reading.

Oprah’s Latest Book Club Pick: AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones

Oprah announces her latest book club pick: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

2017’s Great Bookish Episodes of The Sporkful Podcast

Rioter Dana runs down the great bookish episodes from the Sporkful podcast, and lines up a few more archived episode to check out.

Do Not Invite These Literary Ladies to Your Cookie Swap

What do these literary ladies have in common? Dana and her fellow Rioters are leaving these them off the invite list to the cookie swap!

7 Stages of End-of-the-Year Reader Grief

As every year draws to a close, Rioter Dana grapples with all the books she didn't read.

Make This The Year You Do a Pre-Holiday Book Purge

Why it's a good idea to purge unwanted books from your shelves before new books come in for the holidays (and what to do with them).