THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
- The New York Times is tweaking the Children's best-seller lists, separating hardcover middle grade and young adult titles from paperback and e-book bestsellers. The hardcover lists will appear in print, and the paperback and e-book lists will be available online. Hallelujah! New list looks like this:
THE WEEK IN WRITING
- Writing professor Aruni Kashyap has a beautiful piece about the prevalence of writing cariactures, rather than characters, when creating diverse works.
- Justina Ireland also wrote a piece about crafting characters that are different from you.
- Our own Stephanie Kuehn has this wonderful, thoughtful interview with the PEN American Center.
- Nerdist has teamed with InkShares to host a Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing contest!
- Emery Lord writes about why her characters - and she herself - are in therapy.
THE WEEK IN READING
- Friend of the blog Brandy Colbert rocks this week's Dear Book Nerd podcast! (and you can listen to her First Draft podcast interview, too!)
- Emily St John Mandel writes about the prevalence of THE ________'S DAUGHTER titles and comes to some surprising conclusions -- apparently they make for titles that readers don't forget.
THE WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- We spy our very own Kaitlin Ward and her forthcoming debut, BLEEDING EARTH, in this PW write-up of Adaptive Books!
THE WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- The new This American Life tackles public school education in the U.S. and is a deeply troubling, but necessary, listen.
- NPR producer Rachel Ward discusses life two years after her husband's death.
- New Flight of the Conchords movie?!?
THE WEEK IN THE RANDOM
- Our own Kate Hart got a puppy and it is giving the very internet life.
- You guys, this is my high school! I had no idea they were capable of being so cool.