Mara Franzen

Mara Franzen is a Chicago based lover of literature (duh), coffee (also duh), and sunset picnics at the beach (wink wink). Both a writer and an actor, Mara is pretty much always working on some creative endeavor. A Minnesota native, she moved to Chicago for school, and just never left. She and her dog, Fig, can be found rifling around for loose character development and spare story arcs.

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Where to buy library bookshelves, from wholesalers to stores for individuals. Plus, we dig into library design!

5 of the Best of the Queer D&D Actual Plays

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The 10 Best Bookish Conversation Starters

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What Is Dieselpunk? Why We Love This Sub-genre

Ready to read a new sub-genre? Discover what dieselpunk is, why we love it, and our recommended reads to get started, including The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk.

Feast Your Eyes On This Dark Academia Art

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Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read January-March 2023

Rioters share the best books they read last quarter, from new releases and upcoming reads to classic and backlist picks.

Be-Leaf-It: 10 Books for Plant Lovers

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