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“Trouble Brewing:” A Rom-Com Just in Time for Oktoberfest

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Grab a chilled beer and dust off your lederhosen: it’s Oktoberfest. Not all beer enthusiasts can jet to Germany to join in the true revels of the celebration, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the spirit other ways! Beer in books? Yes! Even as a self-proclaimed wine person, I couldn’t help but carried away with Trouble Brewing (Gallery Books). Suzanne Baltsar’s contemporary romance is as much of a love story as it is an endearing (yet open-eyed) look at the beer industry, for all of its allure, stigma and structural faults.  The two protagonists, Piper Williams and Blake Reed, each have a passion for the beer industry, but have many  pressures, societal and personal, that try to cut their…

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Holly Brown’s Strong Female Overcomes Toxic Workplace

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Holly Brown’s ‘How Far She’s Come’  tells the timely story of Cheyenne, a woman with a history of sexual harassment chasing her dream to work at the Independent News Network. To her delight, she is able to secure a job broadcasting for the network. However, to her horror, the modern professional veneer of the network starts to quickly disappear as she is once again subjugated to harassment from her peers. Even more unsettling, a diary is left as a warning for Cheyenne by a previous female broadcaster. As it becomes apparent that Cheyenne is being manipulated into events similar to those in the diary, she must change the power dynamics in a toxic workplace to show everyone she will not…

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Award-Winning Novelist Alexis Wright Talks to BookTrib About Her Latest Work, ‘The Swan Book’

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When you find a book that is compelling, poignant and just really good, you want to tell everyone you meet about it and have the same experience that you did while reading it. The Swan Book, by acclaimed novelist, Alexis Wright, is one of those books that I could not wait to tell BookTrib’s readers about. There has not been, perhaps, a better or more important time than now to read this book and receive its message. In The Swan Book, a young girl named Oblivia Ethelyne, the victim of a brutal assault by several boys, is found hiding in a gum tree by Bella Donna of the Champions, a refugee of the climate change wars. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to live…

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Rose McGowan to Release ‘Brave’ New Book on Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

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Rose McGowan has been very vocal in addressing sexual harassment in Hollywood, and specifically, against Harvey Weinstein, whom she says assaulted her in a hotel room in 1997. The two reached a settlement of $100,000, but that hasn’t stopped McGowan for speaking out in support of Weinstein’s other accusers. Since the news about Weinstein’s conduct, McGowan has been naming names: calling out people who knew and said nothing as well as those known to harass, including Ben Affleck. In one case where social media is used for good, McGowan has repeatedly tweeted about Weinstein’s history as a sexual predator. Her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours after she posted information that violated the site’s community standards. Backlash was swift with…

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Jennifer Mathieu on Feminism, ‘Moxie’, and Fighting Back

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Picking a favorite book can be tough for any reader, but we can’t deny that Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie is high on our list. This young adult novel takes readers to an average high school where a quiet girl named Vivian decides that she’s done putting up with sexist behavior. Inspired by her mom’s punk rock zines from the 90s, Viv decides to start a feminist movement, encouraging other girls to join together, stand up, and fight back. Here, Mathieu talks about young feminists today, the importance of intersectionality, and why this book is a love letter to her students. Bookish: You dedicate this book to teens and women fighting for equality, but also to…

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Comic Books Collide: Does Superman Have Any Place in Supergirl’s World?

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Yesterday, The CW announced that Tyler Hoechlin is joining the cast of Supergirl as her famous crime-fighting cousin, Superman. This follows the news that the female-driven show will be moving from CBS to The CW to join the Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow DC family. There are already plans in place for an epic crossover event with all four shows. We. Can’t. Wait. But in the meantime, we’re still trying to digest the news that Superman is becoming a permanent fixture on the girlpower-centric Supergirl. Hoechlin is best known for playing Derek Hale on Teen Wolf, and there’s no denying that he has the type of chiseled jaw we’ve come to associate with one of the most famous superheroes of…

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I’m Glad I Did: Songwriter Cynthia Weil recreates her early years in the business

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Rules are meant to be broken. Or at least that’s what Grammy-winning songwriter Cynthia Weil proposes in her latest young adult novel, I’m Glad I Did, a book that rides on the back of the Peace Train, giving voice to issues of racism, sexism and war. It was 1961 when Weil first walked down the street toward the Brill Building in the heart of New York City. She could not have known at the time that this was the beginning of one wild career at Aldon Music. Flanked with black marble pillars and a blazing brass edifice, Weil crossed the music building’s threshold and took those first steps into songwriting that would one day lead her to become only the…

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