Category: Features

James Baldwin’s Istanbul

“Baby, I’m broke, I’m sick. I need your help,” James Baldwin said to a friend when he landed in Europe, looking for a place to rest. This time, his European city of choice wasn’t Paris. It was Istanbul. …

Shoptalk: Overheard at ACLA

During the first weekend in July, academics from around the world convened in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in order to Perform Dignity, Read at the Surface, and Feel the Unbearable—among a number of ...

On Our Nightstands: June 2017

At Public Books, our editorial staff and contributors are hard at work to provide readers with thought-provoking articles. But when the workday is done, what is actually on our nightstands? Here ...

Shoptalk: Overheard at Kzoo

The International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) convenes every year at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and thus is far better ...

Keyword of the Week: Mothers

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday! If you know a mom who loves to read, send her this week’s Public Bookshelf. It features four of our favorite PB articles about motherhood, including a review of Alison ...

Keyword of the Week: Animals

It’s nonhuman appreciation week at Public Books. This week’s Public Bookshelf features four PB articles about animals, on topics ranging from animal sentience to the anthropomorphic world of Zootopia ...

On Our Nightstands: April 2017

Here at Public Books, our editorial staff and contributors are hard at work to provide readers with thought-provoking articles. But when the workday is done, what is actually on our nightstands?