THIS WEEK IN WRITING
A wonderful post by author Victoria Schwab on perseverance and writing in the face of publishing ups and downs.
"Laugh at your own jokes." Get inspired by Neil Gaiman's sage writing rules.
Or if you'd rather laugh at someone else's, take a gander at this satirical look at writing advice from the likes of Franzen and friends.
Author Stephanie Kuehnert (not me!) sits down with Courtney Summers and YA Highway's very own Kristin Halbrook to discuss rape culture and YA lit.
Author Emmy Laybourne pens a letter to her teenage self in honor of the publication of her new novel, SWEET.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Interested in doing some book-cover judging? The NYPL wants your help!
Kelly Jensen at Book Riot has compiled a great list of books with bisexual characters.
Booklist breaks down the 100 best children's and YA mysteries of the past 10 years. That's a lot of books and a lot of sleuthing.
Shveta Thakrar stops by SLJ to discuss the representation of Hinduism in YA literature.
Looking for some diverse reading? The Root has a summer reading list of children's and YA books written by black authors.
Might be time to hit the bookstore. The Barnes and Noble Teen Blog breaks down 40 books for your summer reading enjoyment.
Be sure to check out our dear Kate Hart's badass interview with Sabaa Tahir!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the Lambda Literary Awards!
Whoa, big news. Newbery Award-winning author Rebecca Stead is becoming a literary agent.
Ursula LeGuin discusses the effects of Amazon on literature and the world of publishing.
In news that makes us smile, Jacqueline Woodson was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
Is it the public shaming that's offensive? Or do shifting power dynamics and greater accountability for our words and actions just make us really uncomfortable? You decide! Elizabeth Bird at Fuse 8 Production is talking about children's publishing and the nature of online conflict.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
If you haven't read Sheryl Sandberg's beautiful piece on grief and the loss of her husband, it is well worth the tears.
A bittersweet story about a teenage boy and the cop who had to tell him that his parents had died.
Reason 95,457,778,878 not to root for the Broncos: they have a 'fart tax.'
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Baby goats! They're taking the internet by storm!