Ideas on Fire's Favorite Literature - Open notebook with pages folded into a heartGreat literature inspires not only other great writing but also a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As scholars, activists, and artists we often read with purpose, but less often with pleasure. Sometimes however, pleasure and kismet are exactly what is needed to break boundaries and think beyond them. For this installment of our Ideas on Fire Team Favorites, we’ve gathered our all-time favorite novels and other literature, the works that have made us not just think but feel. Even if their connection to your scholarship isn’t immediately evident, exploring these works might just help you imagine otherwise.

Cathy Hannabach (Founder & CEO)

  • The Archivist by Martha Cooley is my all-time favorite. I’m also a huge fan of Charles de Lint‘s novels, particularly the Newford books.”

Alexandra Sastre (Communications Director)

  • “James Baldwin’s Another Country explores intimacy and alienation in ways few other books I’ve ever read do. And a recent read that’s become a new favorite is Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being.

Julia Jordan-Zachery (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a classic that continues to resonate.”

Kate Drabinski (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

Sarah Grey (Editor)

  • “Do I have to pick just one? Oh man. Probably Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Michelle Velasquez-Potts (Junior Editor)

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