Grace Lapointe

Grace Lapointe’s fiction has been published in Kaleidoscope, Deaf Poets Society, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. Her essays have appeared in Wordgathering, Grub Street’s Why I Write series, The Body is not an Apology, and on Monstering’s blog. A poem was recently published in Wordgathering. Her stories and essays—including ones that she wrote as a college student—have been taught and cited in college courses and books. More of her work is at and

THE ESSEX SERPENT is a Study in Victorian Values

Identity Theft: A Uniquely Old-Fashioned Literary Crime

In an era of social media and detailed paper trails, a reader considers the dated nature of identity theft in both fiction and nonfiction.

5 Historical Novels with Famous Authors as Characters

Using famous authors as characters, these historical fiction works help to humanize and de-mystify writers who often seem larger than life.

MAKING SHAPELY FICTION Presents Helpful Suggestions and Archetypes for Writers

Why Anastasia Krupnik Was Way Ahead of Her Time

5 Fiction and Nonfiction Narratives About Medicine

Here are five fiction and nonfiction books about medicine that may offer insight and perspective to people with a casual interest in science and medicine.

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES 25 Years Later: Obsession and Alienation

Although some readers might find it alienating, the novel's refusal to provide easy answers is one of its biggest strengths.

15 Reflective Winter Poems For Cold Nights

Cold, darkness, and the unknown can be powerful symbols, but these winter poems celebrate the solstice as a time for contemplation and renewal.


On rereading an old favorite and discovering missed nuances in Elizabeth Marie Pope's YA fantasy novel, THE PERILOUS GARD.

Mendel’s Dwarf: A Novel About the Dangers of Ableism and Eugenics

On Simon Mawer's novel Mendel's Dwarf, wich examines genetics and the dangers of ableism.

Should We Publish Unfinished Books?

Is it ethical to publish books authors never finished after they die?

8 Fantasy Books Like GAME OF THRONES

Are you a fan of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and Game of Thrones on HBO? Find eight more books like Game of Thrones here!

THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT Taught Us That Fairy Tales are Necessary

Examining the disturbing, original versions of European fairytales and child development through Bruno Bettelheim's THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT.

Teacher-Student Relationships: A Dangerous Trope

Discussing the shock value of fictionalized teacher-student relationships, in books and beyond, and how they're often romanticized.

5 Thought-Provoking Novels About Human Cloning

Interested in exploring what makes us human, and issues of identity and nature versus nurture? Check out these science fiction books about human cloning.