THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
Other than the fact that it's now 2015, the big news this week is that Kate Hart, who ran this Field Trip Friday segment for FIVE YEARS, is now handing over the reins to 4 other Highway members. We aren't Kate, but we'll do our best to help keep you on top of everything YA and more.
Thank you, Kate! You've been amazing. Be sure to check out her incredible 2014 Year End Round Up from last week.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
January 5th is the application deadline for Lambda Literary's LGBTQ writer's retreat. Go apply!
Newsweek has a moving tribute to journalists who died doing their job in 2014.
How misusing mental health terms like "sociopath" and "schizo" can be harmful...but also why we do it.
Dude! What's the most common word Americans use to refer to their male friends?
Balogun Ojetade discusses the importance of black speculative fiction.
Sad news: Author Robert San Souci has died.
Author Lucy Knisley wrote a brave and beautiful comic about a sad thing that happened to her.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Book Riot rounds up the year's 10 best literary TED talks.
Come sneak a peek at some literary giants getting their drink on.
Need a 2015 reading challenge? Epic Reads created this gorgeous graphic with 365 YA reads.
Add the 2014 Cybils Finalists to your reading list, as well!
Working with a librarian in high school can predict educational success for students when they go to college.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Two interesting articles that touch on the same issue: First, The Boston Globe examines the pressure the publishing world puts on black authors to write about race...and only race. This interview from the BBC explores the lack of diversity of in publishing and how it contributes to the pigeonholing of black authors.
Author Karen Karbo writes about the differences between publishing in 1991 and now.
Flavorwire has some publishing predictions for the new year.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Actor Edward Hermann has passed away.
"Fix society. Please." Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl who died by suicide this past week, asks us all to work toward transgender inclusion, equality, love and support
Myths and facts about self injury.
John Green addresses racism in the United States in a newly released video.
I love this post by our very own Sarah Enni on her 2014 reflections and just how damn amazing she is.
Kelly Jensen has an online organizational tip for the new year and it's one I'm trying out myself!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Extreme body painting!
Well, if you're like me, you've spent the last week playing Just Dance 2015 because your kids got it for Christmas. If you're also like me, you're not very good at it. But some people are!