Welcome to our weekly roundup! Kate Hart is off this week, no doubt doing something fabulously romantic, and I am filling in for her. Never fear, she will return next Friday!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Susan Tepper's take on taking risks as a writer.
Beth Revis asks a number of authors about the value of diversity in literature.
Fabulous piece by Aarson Hartzler on faith and religion in YA literature.
What are the risks for writers who are on social media?
Stonewall-award winning author e. E. Charlton-Trujillo writes about the heartening experience of touring the country and working with "the clearance kids."
THIS WEEK IN READING
Some great discussion (and the #sensibleYA hashtag) came out of author Carrie Mesrobian's impassioned post on separating fiction from the real life of an author. Even Bustle weighed in! And Sarah at We Heart YA eloquently reflected on the discussion from her perspective as both a reader and a writer.
Over at SLJ, Liz Burns explores the reactions of some adults who read teen books.
Laurel Snyder writes about how, by separating books into "boy books" and "girl books," we're often really asking for empathy and accommodation from girls that we don't expect or ask from our boys.
Love this photo essay from Slate on "what a librarian looks like."
On the YALSA blog, Hannah Gómez discusses how to "have the same old, same old Black History Month" at your school or library.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
The New York Times looks at the push to have books come out faster.
How are publishers marketing a book about a teenage boy with Tourette's syndrome?
Author Gennifer Albin discusses some of the emotional ups and downs of the publication roller coaster.
Check out the shortlists for the 2014 Waterstones Children's Book Prizes! Congrats to all!
Again, we are so proud of our own Lanie (Lee) Bross and the publication of FATES. Don't forget to enter to win a copy!
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
What a sporty week. From Olympic athletes saving puppies, showing love to their fans, and achieving incredible feats in their sport, to the brave coming out of Michael Sam, an NFL draft-eligible DE from Missouri, it's been amazing to witness.
Aww. Kids reading to cats.
Hey. How ya doin? Sorry you--wait, what? De La Soul is making their entire catalog of music available for free for the next 25 hours? That is super romantic.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Here's a worm I found on the ground.
Happy Valentine's Day!