THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
The Philippines are in a "national state of calamity" after 10 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Authors for the Philippines is an online auction to help.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Matt de la Peña's "Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories" is the stab in the heart I didn't know I wanted this week.
- Brigid Kimmerer shares the realities of publishing and paychecks.
- The Millions rounds up the first tweets of notable literary folks.
- I'm having trouble summing up N. K. Jemisin's reflections on the success of her previously-rejected novel, so just go read it.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Oklahoma is okay: The NYT covers its exemplary early childhood education program, while Norman is home to the first 24-hour book vending machine in the US. (via Kelly Jensen)
- Anne Ursu and Charlotte Taylor share concerns about gender, middle grade books, and upcoming AASL panels.
- A Billings, Montana school district rallied to save Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from a banning attempt.
- Terri Gross interviews Allie Brosh about success, drawing, and depression.
- Time to vote: Round 2 of the Book Shimmy Awards and Goodreads Choice are open! And congrats to the Romantic Times nominees, including our own Veronica Roth!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- PW rounds up the fun from last weekend's Y'ALLfest.
- Editor Jordan Hamessley London gives you a peek at her daily to-do list.
- Lots of talk this week about the life of a literary lady. SRB and Malinda Lo weigh in on self-promotion at The Toast, while Kat Stoeffel tackles the issue in a wider context at NY Mag. Maggie Stiefvater wants " a future-Maggie to grow up with a list of fictional role-models populated by both genders," and Maureen Johnson shares the perks of being a female writer on her Tumblr.
- PW‘s reviews director has issued a ban on the words compelling, unique, and poignant.
- "In a two-day bidding war, 10 publishers bid more than $1 million. Knopf emerged the victor, paying close to $2 million." It's not the next big thing in YA -- it's a 900 page adult literary debut.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- "Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts" = important stuff.
- "In case nobody else has told you yet: Sometimes it's OK not to like other girls. In fact, it is your right as a girl not to." Emily Yoshida on Mean Girls and the Lorde backlash.
- Some Swedish movie theaters are adding a Bechdel rating to their showings.
- A Louisville Catholic school launches an empowering "You Are Not a Princess" campaign.
- Another stab-in-the-heart article: "No one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict.."
- A Texas high school refuses to print a trans male's yearbook picture because he's wearing a tux.
- "The Fandom of God Is Upon Us and It's Killing the Church," says minister Mark Sandlin.
- Pennsylvania high school administrators tell student newspaper it can't ban the word "Redskins." (via Adrienne Keene)
- There is going to be a stage adaption of The Princess Bride!!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Some of the latest "recreated childhood photos" are alarming at best.
The Poke has 30 amazing behind-the-scenes movie moments.