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Field Trip Friday: July 11, 2014


- The kidlit world mourns the loss of Walter Dean Myers, the award-winning author who served as the 2012 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature who worked tirelessly to promote literacy, and "wrote about children who needed a voice and their stories told." He was 76.

- HarperCollins started selling books directly to readers as Amazon and Hatchette continue to butt heads. Said dispute is causing lots of internet slap fighting between Team Amazon and Team Traditional and Team OMG Please Get Some Perspective, spurring Chuck Wendig to remind us that publishing is not a religious war. (One winner in the conflict? Edan Lepucki, whose unexpected Colbert-bump made her number one on the NYT list.)



- Our girl Sarah Enni launched First Draft, a new podcast series featuring interviews with writers met on her summer road trip across the country, including this week's guests Robin Talley and our own Sumayyah Daud. (Check out her Instagram for a sneak peek at upcoming authors -- I spy Veronica Roth, Tumblr's Rachel Fershleiser, and more!)

- Lots of relevant articles in the NYT: Six people weigh in on whether children's books should be political; writers Anna Holmes and Leslie Jamison share the things they did starting out that they now regret; and Richard Friedman explains why teenagers act crazy.

- Courtney Summers interviews Sarah McCarry about daring to write unlikable, unflinching girls.

- "Ten Reasons To Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper," from Gwenda Bond.

- JJ shares the secret to writing a bestseller.

- Bustle rounds up 13 of the most annoying writers you'll meet. (via Jessi Kirby)


- "And please don't think, for one second, that I'm advocating for you to ban--sorry, censor--oh, sorry--remove all of those books as well. That would be a fucking travesty." emily m. danforth drops the hammer on the school board that removed her book from a summer reading list. She's also giving away the entire list (ending today!).

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (yes for real) recommends 5 YA contemporaries that adults should read, in the LA Register. (via Jessica Love)

- So sad to see Kelly Jensen stepping down from the Printz committee due to YALSA's new social media policies.

- "The 'C' in ARC does not stand for 'contract,'" says Janet at Dear Author.

- Aisha Saeed launches #RamadanReads, promoting titles with Muslim themes and encouraging the gifting of books on Eid-al-Fitr.

- MIT is developing an audio reading device that give vision-impaired people affordable and immediate access to printed words. (via Paper Lantern Lit)

- An editorial in the Oakland Local looks at diversity (or lack thereof) in children's books, and Teen Vogue covers the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, complete with book recommendations.

- Epic Reads picks 25 YA books for Game of Thrones fans.

- The Brontës made teeny tiny books when they were young.


- Emma Watson, the newest UN Goodwill Ambassador, is producing and starring in the film adaptation of Erika Johansen's The Queen Of The Tearling. (via Forever Young Adult)

- Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment has picked up rights to Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before.

- Syfy has greenlighted a pilot for Lev Grossman's The Magicians.

- Vulture looks at the age-discrimination faced by female actresses, gender-flipping their roles with actors of the same age (for example, the male equivalent of Tammy would be 34-year-old Jason Segel starring with his father played by 48-year-old Ben Stiller and his grandpa played by 57-year-old Tom Hanks).

- The baby from Labyrinth, whose parents were behind The Dark Crystal, is all grown up and making his own movies in collaboration with Jim Henson's daughter, Heather.


- Bernice McFadden and Lauren Francis-Sharma discuss the blatant racism they've faced in publishing.

- World Book Night is suspending full operations.

- Mediabistro features an infographic showing who's stealing books. (via Sara Sargent)

- Dahlia Adler has a three-part guide to being a debut author; another debut novelist "experiments with radical honesty" at Slate, and Elizabeth Otto turns off her verbal filter to talk money and the new author. Further down the career path, agent Jenny Bent asks, "Does it ever get easier?"

- A Penguin imprint is experimenting with releasing one debut novel with two covers. (via Kelly Jensen)

- PW lists the best-selling books of 2014 so far.

- Thinking of self-publishing? Bree Bridges has part one of a guide to turning your manuscript into HTML -- a future installment will explain how to turn that into an epub.

- This week in marketing: Interesting conversation at the YA Writers Reddit about what works in marketing; agent Jennifer Laughran explains how not to tweet, and Beth Revis breaks down the price tag for author events.


- "She’s only a senior in high school and she’s already infuriating men to the point that they’ve called for her resignation. [T]his! This is varsity-level Frightening White Men; I was barely on the frosh/soph roster." A Student Body President is forced to resign after giving her white male classmates a taste of their own medicine.

- A 16-year-old girl finds out about her own rape via pictures and a hashtag on Twitter; the alleged rapist continued to joke about the accusations at least as late as Wednesday.

- Jezebel passes over long-time deputy editor (and WOC) Dodai Smith to hire Jessica Coen as editor-in-chief.

- 63 of the women and girls abducted by Boko Haram escaped this week.

- Politico looks at the way women's magazines demean powerful women, even when they're trying not to. (I haven't finished reading this yet, just for full disclosure.)

- The female US Supreme Court Justices are not amused.

- Apparently we are psychological research fodder for Facebook, because you know, marketing research fodder wasn't enough.

- Other stuff you should read:


"Turn Down For What": A Guide.

Things Tim Howard Could Save (spoiler: everything)

I don't even watch "Hannibal" and I'm pretty sure Cleolinda has it right with "Edward Lecter Cullen."

New Mockingjay teaser!

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. Thank you for pointing me to that Hannibal/Twilight twitter conversation because it was all kinds of amazing. My weekend can now officially start.


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