THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Can diversity be "forced" and if so, is that a bad thing? Editor Alvina Ling weighs in.
- Love this post from Hilary Smith about writing schedules and "industrial time."
- NPR interviews the head of Oxford University Press about the pervasiveness of gun references in American English.
- Need a hand with inspiration? Shared Worlds has several. Literally.
- Need a crit partner? Maggie Stiefvater is hosting the 2013 Critique Partner Love Connection.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- HarperCollins and Lee and Low are the recipients of First Book's Stories For All award (via Edi Campbell).
- The new cover for our girl Stephanie Kuehn's Charm and Strange gets a nod from The Examiner's "juicy" list!
- To celebrate the release of 17 and Gone, Nova Ren Suma is hosting a fascinating blog series asking "What Haunted You at 17?"
- What would a Ravenclaw read? The Galef siblings at Measure of Doubt created HP house-themed bookshelves.
- The HuffPo has some hard-hitting journalism about Fabio's birthday and his greatest covers ever.
- Have you done your part nominating books for YALSA awards? Kelly Jensen has details, including more about her committee, "Outstanding Books for the College Bound."
- "Good intentions are not enough. It’s people like me, people aware of the persistent sexism of our society, who need to do a better job of promoting books by women. To ignore the gender disparity in publishing is to perpetuate it." Andrew Ervin on "being part of the problem."
- The Week lists 17 overly optimistic book titles.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Agent Jennifer Laughran likens subsidiary rights to a rubber band ball.
- "The business of literature is blowing shit up," says Richard Nash.
- Life in Publishing crunches the numbers on salaries in the business.
- "Books aren't dead," says Salon's Laura Miller.
- November saw a 53% increase in children/YA e-book sales.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Tavi Gevinson talks female characters and feminism in her TEDxTeen talk.
- So much rage-inducing coverage of the Steubenville case this week, and lots of good pushback: Teacher Abby Norman shares her classroom discussion in "The Day I Taught How Not to Rape" (via Kelly Jensen); Philip Nel discusses activism and the role children's books can play (via Michelle Andelman); Lauren Nelson delivers the satisfyingly scathing "So you're tired of hearing about rape culture?"; and Alexandria Goddard says she wouldn't change her decision to be the blogger who "complicated" the case.
THIS WEEK IN MOVIES
- Huge casting news for our own Veronica Roth's Divergent: Kate Winslet signed on to play Jeanine; Tori, Christina, and Caleb have been cast; and we have a Four!!
- Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone now has a screenwriter!
- Sadly it is not an actual thing, but this badass fan-made trailer for The Silmarillion *almost* has me convinced to read it. Almost.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- Rachel Alpine and Chelsea Pitcher are joining forces to combat bullying and assault -- and you can win ARCs of both their books!
- Jessica Silverstein has an interview with Brent Hartinger and she's giving away four of his books!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Our friend Debra Driza kicks off the launch of her debut MILA 2.0 with a Harlem Shake library video! (You might also catch a glimpse of Highwayer Kirsten Hubbard's husband in the back. And check out Margot Wood's "Fauxto" inspired by the book!)