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Women’s History Month: 3 Heroines to Share With Your Daughter

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from March 11th, 2015 about three heroines you can share with you daughter. When it comes to books, my 8-year-old girl is a reader with a broad palette. She loves princesses. Then again, she loves super heroes. She loves magic, adventure and inanimate objects that come to life (I’m looking at you, Olaf…

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Video: Bestselling Author Tamora Pierce Talks with Signature-Reads.com About Writing Strong, Female Heroes

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Award-winning, New York Times Bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce knows a thing or two about how to write memorable female heroes who are tough, yet self-aware. On this International Women’s Day, Pierce shares with Signature-Reads.com (a site run by Penguin Random House) some insight into how she crafts strong characters who happen to be women, books she personally rebels against and the women whose writing serves as her inspiration. The video is also available on the YouTube channel Signature Views, which is the video arm of Signature-Reads.com, a site run by Penguin Random House. Books by Tamora Pierce https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 Tempests and Slaughter: Book 1 of The Numair Chronicles  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Series) First Test: Book 1 of the…

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Modesty Blaise: Clever, Cunning, Daring and Kick-Ass

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Modesty Blaise was first introduced as a comic-strip in the middle of the 1960s by author Peter O’Donnell. Not only was she beautiful, she was clever, cunning, daring and she knew how to kick ass. For me, she was the heroine I wanted to be. For those who don’t know who Modesty Blaise is, please allow me to introduce you: Modesty Blaise is the anti-James Bond James Bond. That is, yes, she occasionally went on missions for the British Secret Intelligence Service, but that was only after she retired from being the head of The Network, her own international criminal organization. Along with her sidekick, second-in-command and trusted friend Garvin (they debuted in 1963 and still never really got together, by…

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Christina Lauren: How Two Minds Make One Awesome Author

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this Q&A with the writing team of Christina Lauren, author of Dating You / Hating You. As our loyal readers know, the Bookish team adores Christina Lauren. We’ve followed along with their Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, and were ecstatic to dive into their first standalone, Dating You / Hating You. It’s a contemporary romance that follows two talent agents who find themselves competing for the same job and fighting their growing sexual tension. We caught up with both Lauren Billings and Christina Hobbs (the writing duo behind the pen name Christina Lauren — often affectionately shortened to CLo) at BookCon and chatted with them about their latest release, everyday sexism, and the best…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Depict Heroines’ Survival Stories

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This week’s Heat Index honors the women in fiction who will stop at nothing to live a happy and fulfilled life, regardless of who tried to knock them down or what circumstances led to the difficult situations they found themselves in each day. They’re stories about love, friendship and family and the journey to self-discovery that proves it’s not always about what you don’t have, but what you make of what you do have that matters most. The Mistake I Made, Paula Daly (Grove Press, September 15) “[Daly] writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page, while also displaying a visceral understanding of the betrayals and humiliations of domestic life.” —Daily Mail Heat Index: Roz…

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From Insurgent to Fallen — Do you know your heroines?

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As a hardcore fan of young adult novels, I’m pretty well versed in my YA heroines. But the other day I was talking to a friend about the new Insurgent movie coming out this week, and how I can’t wait to see it. “Wait, isn’t that the one with the deadly games?” he asked. “That’s The Hunger Games,” I answered. “Oh, so this is the one with the maze?” “No,” I told him, “you’re thinking of the Maze Runner.” “Then what about that one where the girl has cancer?” This is about where I gave up on the conversation. I get it. There are a lot of YA books out there, and lately tons of them are getting made into…

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3 Spunky heroines to share with your daughter for Women’s History Month

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When it comes to books, my 8-year-old girl is a reader with a broad palette. She loves princesses. Then again, she loves super heroes. She loves magic, adventure and inanimate objects that come to life (I’m looking at you, Olaf from Frozen). But most of all, she loves reading stories she can relate to. And that means she loves stories about kids—or, more specifically, stories where girls take the lead. And the spunkier the heroine, the better. That’s why my princess made a bee-line to three books that showed up on my desk recently to mark Women’s History Month, books that featured a variety of heroines from refreshingly diverse backgrounds. Her Royal Highness loved Finley Flowers: Original Recipe (Capstone Young…

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Marvel’s Agent Carter joins the sisterhood of kickass heroines

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As we look ahead at all the wonderfulness that our favorite geeky TV shows will to bring us this spring, fans of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will get a look at the early days of their favorite clandestine organization with the new series Agent Carter. Starring British actress Hayley Atwell, the show follows the adventures of Captain America’s best gal, Peggy Carter, as she overcomes both danger and 1940s male chauvinism in her never-ending battle against the forces of evil.   The journey to the small screen was a unique one for Agent Carter. Originally created as a love interest in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, Carter later appeared in her own “one-shot” short film that was included…

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Super women take over

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I’ll be honest – the TV commercials made the new female superhero movie, Lucy, look pretty ridiculous. Every time I heard Morgan Freeman’s voiceover say, “Most people only use 10 percent of their brain,” I inwardly cringed. But then I heard the film dominated the box office last weekend, blowing the new Hercules movie out of the water. So I decided to watch the full-length trailer… …and I was blown away. This is a movie worth seeing – a strong, smart, capable heroine who uses her brain instead of her body to help save the world. It reminds me of the good old Alias days, where every week I could watch an awesome lady kick some serious ass. Jennifer Garner…

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A modern heroine rises from Jewish folklore in The Angel of Losses

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It’s funny how books speak to you. As a professional journalist and former editorial illustrator, I know that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the gorgeous Chagallesque fantasy on the cover of The Angel of Losses: A Novel by Stephanie Feldman (Harper-Collins, July 29) drew me right in. Happily, the book matches it’s dreamy, lyrical cover as it follows doctoral student Marjorie Burke’s passionate and even obsessive journey behind the sweetened surface of her beloved grandfather’s fairy tales. Marjorie is still grieving about losing her grandfather Eli and the growing distance between her and her sister Holly, who has become an entirely new person since her marriage to the strangely intense and ultra-Orthodox Nathan. She tries to…

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Five powerhouse heroines from young adult science fiction

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Sci-fi geeks everywhere (including us!) were gearing up for Jupiter Ascending, the newest film from the Wachowski siblings, only to find out that it’s been bumped from release this weekend. It might not be out until February 2015, but come on – it’s an epic space opera by the creators of The Matrix. We’d wait 10 years to see that. The movie centers on Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a lowly housekeeper who discovers she’s secretly the intergalactic heir to Earth. Soon there’s a bounty on her head, and the only one who can protect her is Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered soldier. If the movie is anywhere near as intense as the trailer, then this is going to be…

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