THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
The big news this week was very sad news. Dr. Maya Angelou died at her home this Wednesday. .
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Author Sunil Patel discusses a panel he attended at the Nebula Awards that was supposed to focus on writing about different cultures and how it made him want to cry. One of the authors on the panel, Juliette Wade, also shared her thoughts.
The four CABINET OF CURIOSITIES authors discuss how they used writing prompts to develop as writers and, ultimately, create their own book of short stories (also you can win a copy!).
Hey-o! Kirkus is launching 3 new literary prizes with a $50,000 cash reward!
Author Tara Lazar discusses the intersection of writing and adapting to the reality of her MS diagnosis.
THIS WEEK IN READING
LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" kickstarter raised a million dollars in a single day! See his response (and prepare to be teary).
How realistic YA became hot.
BEA is happening! Hope everyone there is having fun and also hoping you wore comfortable shoes. Reminder that the #weneeddiversebooks panel is happening on Saturday at 10:00 am.
Words of wisdom from Kelly Jensen, who reminds us that the call to "shop indie" often comes from a place of privilege.
Librarian Karen Jensen continues the discussion of book-buying, technology, and privilege, and points out that libraries are a huge resource for people who are economically disadvantaged.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Exciting cast news for the film adaptation of Kody Keplinger's THE DUFF.
Hachette responds to Amazon's statement on their ongoing dispute.
Agent Rachelle Gardner writes about how to get through a difficult editorial process.
A cool look at the design evolution of the cover for OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis.
Jennifer Pan and Sarah McCarry discuss why they left the publishing industry.
Kirkus editor Vicky Smith explores diversity in book reviewing.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
A look at the #yesallwomen response to the everyday reality of sexism and misogyny in the wake of the tragic Isla Vista killings.
Love this essay in Rookie Mag about finding touchpoints of connection and purpose when you live within a system that's always pushed you down.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
My family went and saw the new Godzilla film this week (go see it!), but in doing so, we reignited an old debate about whether or not Godzilla breathes fire in the boring 1998 version. You decide!