Public Books was founded in 2012 by Sharon Marcus, a literary critic, and Caitlin Zaloom, an anthropologist. Their mission was simple: to create a diverse new home for intellectual debate online.

What topics do we cover?

Anything that we think deserves your attention. Browse through our list of section editors to get a sense of our hobbyhorses. These include: race, TV, climate change, justice, capitalism, comics, food, religion, sex, art, translation, technology—and, of course, books.

Who writes for us?

Anyone with expertise and something to say, from professors and graduate students to journalists and creative writers. When we last counted, over half of our contributors identified as women, one third identified as people of color, and one third identified as queer. Our staff is based in New York City, but our writers are located all over the world.

How can I get involved?

Lots of ways! For starters, you can pitch a story, make a donation, sign up for our weekly newsletter, advertise with us, apply for an internship, or attend an event.