THIS WEEK IN WRITING
I love this lovely post by author Kat Yeh about how the power of a book--and its contents--can help children cope.
Wanting to write diversely does not entitle anyone to another person's story. If someone asked for author Avi's experiences, he'd reply "It's none of your business."
This is a great post, based on a talk given at this week's AWP conference, with nine ways YA authors can break down cultural stereotypes about girls through their writing.
THIS WEEK IN READING
A quote mis-attributed to Maya Angelou--and featured on Angelou's recently-revealed forever stamp--actually was written by children's author Joan Walsh Anglund. I'm not surprised USPS messed this up, since they mess up most things. *post office rage*
Sarah Mulhern Gross writes how teachers and the community can use books in the curriculum to effect needed social change.
Love the wild, wild West? Kimberly over at Stacked put together a list of YA (and a few MG) books with classic and modern western themes.
And if that isn't enough for your TBR list, Kelly Jensen rounds up 145+ YA books hitting the shelves this spring.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
What happens when you hear, over and over, "I already have a book like that on my list"? NONE OF THE ABOVE author I.W. Gregorio discusses the problems when editors submit "I don't need another Asian-American (insert diversity of choice here) main character on my list" as a reason to reject a book.
VIDA released the 2014 Larger Literary Landscape Count, looking out the numbers of women authors published in the past year and which publishers followed through on promises to increase their overall diversity.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
How much do musicians get paid every time their songs are streamed? (Hint: not much.) Here's a boobish-looking chart that crunches the numbers.
Following a number of heartbreaking incidents involving LGBTQ youth, President Obama calls for an end to "conversion" youth therapies.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Hope you have a great weekend! By the time you read this, I'll be on my way here, so my expectations for this weekend are high. :)