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Field Trip Friday: June 22, 2015

So sorry for being late, especially considering the enormous events of last week. - Sarah E


- Nine black church-goers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina were gunned down by a white man who hoped to start a race war. The victims included librarian Cynthia Hurd, manager of one of Charleston County's busiest branches. You can donate to Friends of the Charleston Library in her honor. You can also refer to the #CharlestonSyllabus, a public list of books on race, compiled in the wake of the massacre.


- FiveThirtyEight ran into some problems with ALA when they tried to determine the most banned book in America.

- Biracial (fictional) teen Miles Morales will be Marvel's main Spider Man as of this fall.

- Publisher's Weekly attempted a roundup of all the starred YA books listed so far in 2015. We see Stephanie Kuehn's Delicate Monsters and Kirsten Hubbard's Watch the Sky!

- BookRiot celebrated pet appreciation week by pairing their fuzzy friends with some of their favorite reads. Needless to say, adorableness ensued.

- Stacked broke down their informal survey on how people organize their books. Turns out: mostly by genre, then last name, first name. And by size and color, which seems impractical yet lovely.


- For writers of color, Twitter is a more useful education than an MFA program, author Morgan Jerkins suggests.


- High School English teacher Mrs. Andersen polled her students on their feelings about book covers. The feedback ("If an author's name is bigger than the book title, I will not read the book") is fascinating.


- The U.S. Treasury revealed that it plans to put a woman on the $10 bill by 2020, the centennial anniversary of women earning the right to vote. The Treasury says it had been planning the move long before the Women on 20s campaign. Then it added that they sort of didn't want to remove Alexander Hamilton from the bill entirely (seeing as the guy was a founding father, co-author of the Federalist Papers, and Revolutionary War staff aide to George Washington. He also established the nation’s first national bank and put in place the institutional basis for the modern U.S. economy while serving as our first Treasury Secretary), so the woman would share the bill.

Meanwhile, Andrew Jackson - responsible for the Trail of Tears, an actual murderer, and slave owner sympathizer, remains. And, if that isn't reason enough to kick him off our money, consider that Andrew Jackson hated central banks and paper money! He wouldn't even want to be on there! Seriously, keeping him on there is madness. As Alexandra Petri wrote in the Washington Post: "To take Hamilton off the currency while leaving Jackson is to actively make America a worse place. It is picking your awful DMV photo as your headshot. It is tearing up your hardwood floors and putting down moldy carpet."    /rant

- When conference organizers are taking diverse authors off panels discussing the genre they write, just to be reassigned to a "diversity" panel, they are missing the point entirely, Justina Ireland argues.

- The demand that girls and women perform beauty "is inessential to our lives as women, and can be thoroughly dispensed with," blogger Ragini Nag Rao writes in Rookie.

- Watching cat videos has been shown to boost energy and decrease negative feelings. Me-ow!


- Not to be outdone by zookeepers, Harper Perennial got in on the Chris Pratt meme:

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  1. Thanks for pointing me to that Alexandra Petri post re: Alexander Hamilton. My feels, exactly.


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