I’m a book critic and media scholar whose work focuses on social identity and the politics of entertainment. I'm especially interested in exploring work by women, people of color, and queer people; and in the expansion of diversity and inclusion in literature, movies, and TV.
In 2020 I've written about books and authors for a variety of popular pubs and sites including BookPage, Book Riot, Shondaland, and The Grio. You can find links to recent articles, interviews, and reviews below.
Beyond 2020: The Deeper Story of American Politics in the Trump Era
Book Riot Nov 3, 2020
Casting Spells Upon Your Shelves: Wild and Wicked Women. Long May We Praise Them. Long May We Be Them. A feature on feminist literary witch tales.
BookPage, Print and Online October 2020
12 Must-Read Romances With Great Fat Representation.
Book Riot Sep 24, 2020
The Troubling Gap Between Fat Representation and Fat Acceptance In Romance
Book Riot Sep 10, 2020
Love In the Public Eye
Finding Black Joy in Romance Novels
The Grio 7/24/20
Black Romance Novels Matter Too
REVIEWS IN BOOKPAGE
Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez. Online December 2020 (URL to come)
White Ivy by Susie Yang. Print and Online November 2020
If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon 10/27/20
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade 10/6/20
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole 9/1/20
You Lucky Dog by Julia London 8/25/20
Kept Animals by Kate Milliken. Print June 2020
Until the End by Juno Rushdan 5/26/20
REVIEWS IN OTHER OUTLETS
Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa on The Book Queen's Book Palace
House Rules by Ruby Lang on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Olivia Dade and Rebekah Weatherspoon: On fat positivity, fandom and fame-adjacency. BookPage, Online 10/27/20
Rebekah Weatherspoon Publishers Weekly, Print and Online 9/28/20
Alyssa Cole: Her striking new thriller about race and gentrification.
BookPage, Print and Online September 2020.
Alyssa Cole, in conversation with Glory Edim and Carole Bell, discusses When No One is Watching. October 25, 2020.
Bunk and the History of Hoaxes with Kevin Young: My in-depth interview with the acclaimed poet, Poetry Editor of the New Yorker, and Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Kevin Young, about his second nonfiction book, Bunk. April 2018 At MIT. Available as a video, podcast, or summary transcript.
A Tribute to the Dream with Renee Goldsberry: I enjoyed a wide-ranging and emotional conversation with the Tony award-winning actress from Hamilton about art, politics, and life as part of the keynote event at Northeastern University’s MLK day celebration in 2017.
Dr. Carole V. Bell My Google Scholar profile