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Field Trip Friday: August 29, 2014


- "Why do female writers get trolled the most?" asks Slate. Timely, since this week, Malorie Blackman, the UK Children's Laureate, faced an outpouring of abuse after advocating for more diverse kidlit, and Feminist Frequency's Anita Sarkeesian was run out of her home this week by threats from critics outraged by her critiques of video games, while The New Yorker examined how scholar Mary Beard  takes on her trolls. Meanwhile one of the men behind Arizona's Mexican-American Studies ban lost his bid for reelection after the outing of the online pseudonyms he used for leaving offensive comments on political blogs(via Tim Tingle)

- A survey of Edinburgh books festival authors reveals that "hearing a character" means different things over the course of a writing career. (via Megan Abbott)

- "MG/YA writers: If your pub date is 2015 or 2016, no one in your target audience was born in the '90s." Sarah LaPolla has tips for writing for teens in the 21st century.

- Writers need rebuilding time, same as muscles, argues Bill Hayes at the NYT. (via Sara Zarr)

- Steve Almond is concerned by the level of entitlement and lack of respect shown by MFA students.

- Marion Dane Bauer misses school visits... but not enough to start doing them again.



- Elisabeth Donnelly says book criticism and literary culture need a poptimist revolution.

- College student Kaya Thomas has created the We Read Too app, helping readers find books by and about people of color.

- Gayle Forman talks to The Guardian about adapting If I Stay to film and recommends her favorite YA books.

- Kelly Jensen put together a list of YA titles that explore suicide and/or depression.

- ABA released their Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List.

- A Texas pastor wants all of the paranormal books removed from his local library.

- The New Jersey Library Cooperative has a guide for libraries that want to use Instagram.

- If you've been looking for a way to help Ferguson, MO, Angie Manfredi has their library's wishlist.

- Congratulations to this year's winners and honorees in the Pen Center Literary Awards!


- Jenn Baker and Bev Rivero are launching Minorities in Publishing, a podcast and Tumblr dedicated to diversity and lack thereof in the industry.

- The Guardian explains how the Hatchette/Amazon feud could "rewrite the book on publishing."

- WriteOnCon is over, but you can still check out all their great posts, interviews, live events, and more!


- Donate to Authors for CCHS, an effort spearheaded by Lydia Kang to raise money for congenital central hypoventilation syndrome, and claim books, swag, and critiques as your perk!

- AnnMarie Martin sent us this link to win a signed copy of The Hollow at Goodreads!


- Teen Librarian Toolbox has the first of an important series by Christa Desir on what to do if you're told about sexual assault.

- "I Was No Angel Teen" is taking on the NYT's character assassination of Micheal Brown, and you can help.

- An Oklahoma school superintendent asked girls to bend over during a dress code check.

- Farhad Manjoo wants Twitter to leave its favoriting mechanism alone, describing it as the platform's "digital body language."

- White male reporters on Twitter can't fathom why Senator Gillibrand didn't name the colleagues who harassed her. (via Kate Spencer)

- Marie Claire features 8 amazing Native young women working to their cultures.

- The article I'm forcing on everyone this week: "The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit."


Playboy's flowchart guide to catcalling is actually amazing. (Link goes to Vox.)

Mallory Ortberg's "Male Novelist Jokes" were funny on The Toast, but somehow are even more amazing out loud.

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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