Kate Hart is away this week doing Important Things or Fun Things or Inspiring Things. I don't know exactly. She's not sitting around her house in her pajamas eating Swedish fish and watching Million Dollar Listing, is what I'm trying to say.
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
Oh boy. You already know what the big news this week is. I know you do. Rush Limbaugh was named Author of the Year by the Children's Choice Book Awards. Roger Sutton at The Horn Book has some thoughts on the event, the award, and what it all means. There's also further discussion in the comments.
Hold on. You know what? Huddle up. Let's have a Big News do-over. There was some really cool stuff happening on the Highway this week. First, Deb Driza's RENEGADE was released, then Kaitlin Ward sold her debut to Egmont. Cheers to them both!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Author Robin LeFevers has some thoughts on the pain and purpose of the "nearly there" stage of writing.
Troy L. Wiggins discusses the cultural implications of a Strange Horizons reviewer criticizing his use of dialect in his short story for the anthology LONG HIDDEN, as a "literary trick."
Continuing with the theme of devaluing otherness, author Anne Ursu writes about how our narrow evaluation of literary worth and an enduring bias toward writers who dare deviate from the dominant narrative form, only serve to reinforce the inequalities built into our cultural status quo.
Agent Stacey Glick of DGLM critiques a writer's opening pages.
THIS WEEK IN READING
YA authors tell MTV what diverse books they think would make awesome movies. Spoiler alert: no one mentions Spider-Man.
Want a peek at the first two chapters of Stephanie Perkins's upcoming ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Of course you do! Click here.
Based on reader feedback, the School Library Journal expands their cultural diversity booklist. Check out the new suggested titles.
Librarian Liz Burns discusses the panic over teen reading. Over at Stacked, Kelly Jensen asks whether our definition of 'reading' needs an update.
Are there bloggers that you love? Reviewers you trust implicitly? Authors who give great writing advice? Well, now's your chance to let them know how much you value their work. Come vote in our first ever YA Web Awards!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Scarlett Johannson is suing the author and publisher of a book that includes fictional references to her.
The women behind Cake Literary stop by The Brown Bookshelf to discuss their plans to develop high concept and diverse young adult literature.
Debbie Reese explains why she advocates for authors who are Native, not just books about Native people. "I understand that white authors and illustrators feel threatened by my advocacy, but my advocacy is for Native children who deserve the same affirmations white kids get all the time."
The AAR responds to the dispute between Amazon and Hachette, which reportedly involves Amazon not stocking Hachette books in a timely manner.
Wonderful news. First Books pledges to buy diverse books by new authors.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible fires in San Diego, right now.
Worth the listen: NPR feature on a New Orleans high school marching band.
When will it be my turn to write Buzzfeed listicles? I excel at being random. I also watch a lot of television, like that show where Tabatha takes over the hair salons. That one's pretty good. Anyway, here are some "important" yearbook photos.
Go Rams! SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam, was the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL last weekend.
Sad news. 19-year-old Stephen Sutton, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research, died this past week.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
You thought it was going to be that brave kitty chasing away the bitey dog, didn't you? Surprise!
Have a great weekend! Kate will be back next week.