THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
The film version of THE DUFF is out in theaters TODAY! The amazing Kody Keplinger gave an interview with MTV all about the former Highwayer's movie, and current Highwayer Amy Lukavics blogged about attending the fancy-schmancy LA premiere!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Chuck Wendig takes aim at the concept of "strong female characters," and discusses ways that perceptions of "strong" can fail women, too.
- Hilary T. Smith, formerly the INTERN, ponders whether the path from popular blogger ---> published author is the right path for all, or if the idea of "graduating" to publication is actually in violation of the Peter Principle.
- Dear Editor offers advice to someone looking to break into picture book illustration.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- At Diversity in YA, Malinda Lo combined her four-part Tumblr series on perceptions of diversity in books reviews. Lo says that, in reading hundreds of trade reviews of YA books, some consistent issues were found: reviewers saying diversity felt "contrived,"that books deal with "too many issues," and some calls for a glossary to "decode" the text.
- Laurie Halse Anderson tells Buzzfeed that more adults should read YA: "It can also give them insight into some of their own stuff, some of their own sadness and sorrows, and shine a light on maybe some work that they need to do emotionally, which is very helpful. And also, the writing’s amazing."
- The Toast hosted a roundtable with Asian American writers, tackling all kinds of issues, beginning with: what is "Asian American literature"?
- Kelly Jensen wrote a piece on how coping with depression impacted her reading life: "Regular exposure to the message that seeking help, especially medication, is a sign of weakness and a means of numbing yourself to reality, sinks in. The last thing in the world I wanted as a writer and as a reader was to feel like the things that buoyed me through rough times would be the first things I’d lose when getting better."
- Kameron Hurley reacted poorly to Neil Gaiman's decision to name a short story collection, "Trigger Warnings." "[W]what you do when you title a rather typical short story collection “Trigger Warning” is that your work becomes part of the problem of breaking it down into meaninglessness and slapping it on any old thing as a marketing gimmick," she writes. "You co-opt a term used in feminist spaces, and you use it for shock value, to be edgy and subversive, instead of acting like an ally who has empathy and understanding of the term for its intended use."
- Megan Dowd Lambert bemoans that Marla Frazee's picture book, THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN, may not have received a fair shot at the Caldecott because of cultural perceptions of "older, solitary, ... and gentle men as threats."
- Librarian Ally Watkins reviews Kathryn Holmes' THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND, and discusses the unique and potentially problematic world of religious "youth groups."
- BookRiot has a pretty brilliant diverse, genderbent casting plan for a Lord of the Rings reboot that I would see seven times in theaters, the first weekend.
- Epic Reads brought us an awesome >3 minute video on the history of YA lit
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- The Cooperative Children's Book Center, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published its annual survey of diversity in kidlit for 2014. The numbers ... aren't great.
- New Leaf Literary's subrights and film/TV assistant Jess Dallow shares how writing fanfiction for nearly 15 years led her to discover her true calling: working with writers.
- The Future of Ink has a guide to writing more compelling Amazon descriptions.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- The Women of Library History Feminist Task Force has issued a call for submissions! In honor of Women's History Month in March, they will be posting daily stories on their Tumblr of those who identify as women, and have made significant contributions to their local libraries.
- The In The Margins committee has announced that Bryan Stevenson's JUST MERCY is the winner of its first Social Justice/Advocacy Book Award!
- As the whitest Oscar ceremony ever approaches, Fusion culture editor (and badass lady) Danielle Henderson wrote a great post about how Hollywood is shooting itself in the foot by not striving to be more diverse. "Television is really kicking the movie industry’s ass in terms of how well it’s adapting to its audience."
- A poet who found fame writing about his small penis is hosting a Big Small Penis Party in London!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
- Which YA revolution would you join?? I got The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked from DOROTHY MUST DIE, and BRB while I get that tattooed on my arm.
- Oh, god. JNCOS ARE BACK.
- And, facing a problem we've all encountered, Epic Reads deals with WHAT TO DO WHEN A BOOK GETS WET!