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Field Trip Friday: October 1



THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK 

It's Banned Books Week and the blogosphere has been full of great posts about freedom to read. A few of my favorites:
I also called for volunteers on Twitter, and these brave souls offered up their posts and contests:
    What were your favorite posts? Leave us links in the comments!



    THIS WEEK IN WRITING

    Photobucket - Robert McCrum at the Guardian suggests an interesting litmus test for a book's quality: Check out page 99.

    - How playing helps your writing by author Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich.

    - Very cool posts on writing spaces:
    - A couple of writing-related posts that made me stop, think, sigh...
    "I like it best when the person who made a piece of art poured their passion into it so fully that I connect with their fire when I open myself to the work, when it becomes about what they believe, not what I believe. It doesn't agree with me – it overpowers me. And this – this is the kind of book I want to write, over and over again."- Elisabeth Black
    "He is gentle; she is abrupt. He is careful. She takes off her shoes. Am I staring? Am I lost? Tell me what you saw today, one thing."
    - Betsy Lerner


    THIS WEEK IN READING

    - Jo Walton relates the adventures of the mysterious Suck Fairy.

    - Author Mitali Perkins talks multi-cultural books in the marketplace.

    - The 2010 Cybils nominations are open! Head over and nominate your favorite books of the year.



    THIS WEEK IN GETTING PUBLISHED

    - Yes, rejection sucks, but you know what's worse? The ten meanest book reviews ever, at the HuffPo.

    - The lovely Elana Johnson shares the story of how her query closer became her cover copy.

    - The KOrtizzle weighs in as a welcome voice of reason on this week's #querywhatever controversy. 


    - How do you write a picture book query? Agent Mary Kole has the answer.

    - Advice to authors whose first books tank, from Shrinking Violet Promotions (via Alex Bracken)

    - Interesting addition to the recent "boy books" discussion. The comment section is... revealing, in my opinion. (via Amy Boggs)
    I wish we would stop masking the problem with "there are not enough boy books!" and instead go, "Damn, our culture is sexist, maybe we should fix that."


    THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF


    - Whitewashing: It's not just for book covers! Controversy already stirring about the casting of Katniss.

    - Remember Christopher Pike? He's, um, having a rough week. (See also: "How not to respond to negative reviews;" "Never add "this book changed my life" to a review of your own book.") (via @Cleolinda)


    THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM 
    Chicken Punctuation

    Baby Sitter's Club + meme = guess what I spent all afternoon laughing at.
    Really Claudia?

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    Happy Friday, kids.










    Kate Hart

    Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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    10 comments:

    1. But! Ellen Hopkins is the keynote speaker at Austin Teen Book Festival on Saturday!

      Yay for Texas! Boo on a small but loud handful of people in Humble.

      In all seriousness, though, I'm super-excited about this book festival. I will totally be there. :)

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    2. Hahahahahah "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" Omg. Can't. Stop. Laughing.

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    3. Thanks for the recap! This was great!

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    4. Those Harry Potter things made me LOL so hard.
      Great links, as always. I bow to your geniusness.

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    5. Thanks for making me laugh on this lovely Friday! :)
      Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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    6. Awesome as always! Thanks for the round up and the giggles. :)

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    7. Oh, Gandalf, you rock. Have just clicked open a whole series of links from this, thanks! Off I go!

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    8. LOVE the Your Mom joke! :)

      Thanks for all the terrific links!

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