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Field Trip Friday: November 15, 2013


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.


- 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.


- 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!


- 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.


- "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!!


Some of the latest "recreated childhood photos" are alarming at best.

The Poke has 30 amazing behind-the-scenes movie moments.


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  1. That's my old high school that is so ridiculously trying to not-ban the word "Redskins." It's been an argument that's been going for years and there are always lawsuits surrounding the district and the name (but, interestingly enough, in my own recollection, they've never had a physical mascot or logo, just the name in fancy fonts and occasionally surrounded by feathers). I don't think any Neshaminy alumni were surprised by the administration's comments/decisions though. The administration has a reputation for priceless commentary on any and all topics.


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