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Field Trip Friday: April 6th

 Kate the Great is still camping so I'm going to take the wheel for today!


This NYT article by Meg Wolitzer looks at the unspoken Rules of Literary Fiction for Men and Women.

Lauren Oliver gives us some writing advice we've never heard

'If you aren't hurting, you can't be working'. This Guardian post says self-inflicting suffering isn't necessary to bring on the creativity.  

The Rejectionist drops the anonymity introduces herself to the blogosphere (hi Sarah!) She also announces she's sold a book!

The Intern tells you why a book deal won't immediately make you sane.

Want to try your hand at something different? How about writing a miniopera? (Thanks Emmet for the link!)


This post by Ana Holmes at the New Yorker tackles the racist Hunger Games twitter rants by asking if characters are white until proven black.

Lori Lee is Questioning Trends in YA Fiction, specifically sexual assaults in popular YA books that serve no real purpose in the plot.

Book Riot has some awesome flow charts depicting What Would (Insert Heroine Name) Do?

Children's Book Week Awards voting is open! (our own Veronica Roth's Divergent is in the running!)

The Awl asks what books make you cringe to remember?


Lee & Low, one of the largest independent multicultural children's book publishers, saw the need for more diversity in YA and are now helping to fill that gap.

Google has ended their ebook agreement with Indie stores. 

Writers Against Racism had some awesome news to announce: a YA anthology of dystopian stories, all with the inclusion of people of color by authors Ursula K. Le Guin, Paolo Bacigalupi, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Greg van Eekhout, is due out this fall.

Most proud parents hang drawings on the fridge. These parents fork over the dough to self-publish their children's novels. Maureen Johnson weighs in on the matter.


Intergalactic Academy is giving away a copy of Megan McCafferty's Thumped

Don't forget to enter to win a copy of Caring Is Creepy right here on the highway.  Or a copy of the Hunger Games soundtrack!


**Pens for Paws is looking for donations (books, swag, critiques, etc) for an auction that will go live May 7th to raise money for a no-kill, no cage cat sanctuary!** Thanks Angelica for the heads up!

Seth Godin makes it short and sweet, detailing what to focus on for true happiness. 

Tony Schwartz reminds us to do one thing at a time.

Can't even begin to describe the creep factor associated with this now (thankfully) yanked app.

Corinne Duyvis talked about Autism Awareness Day in a honest post about her life with autism, and also provides some good information for those looking for where to learn more about it.

J. K. Rowling made it onto the new cover for Sgt. Pepper. 

This article at the gawker shares what one man took away from being bullied.

Hunger Games! Beanie Babies!

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  1. Oh thanks for telling me about Lee & Low. I also know of a small press that has published their daughters book which has won tons of awards. Her name is Maggie Mei Lewis and her book is wonderful.

  2. Thank you for doing the round up, Lady A! <3

  3. Thank you to Kate Hart for her mentorship on starting the Pens for Paws Auction, and for YA Highway for the shoutout! I'm going to Fat Kitty City today and I'll be sure to tell them you've helped give us a leg up.

  4. Aww, thanks for the mention! And hi!

  5. I especially love the cringe-worthy books link. I'm a public librarian and generally feel like anything goes, but when it comes to my own reading... well, I might blush over a few things from my past.


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