THE WEEK IN WRITING
Fabulous interview with Rene S. Perez II, author of SEEING OFF THE JOHNS, on his writing process, writing for teens, and losing an entire novel in a computer meltdown...
"Where are the female Tom Ripleys – or even the Patrick Batemans – of YA?" The Guardian explores female antiheroes in YA.
Great post at Gay YA by Vee S. on the repetition of the trans "acceptance" narrative in YA lit, pointing out how this narrative is frustratingly centered on a cisgender narrator's experience, not the experience of being a transgender teen.
THE WEEK IN READING
Nominations are open for this year's Cybils Awards! You can nominate your favorite kidlit reads in a variety of categories.
Congratulations to all the finalists for the Kirkus Prize!
Author Stacey Lee has a lovely list of recent reads featuring a diverse range of voices.
Insightful and interesting post over at the Fangirl on how maybe what us YA authors owe our readers is the trust and freedom to find their own selves rather than imposing our well-intentioned but paternalistic, adult-focused appeal to what we think teen readers "need."
Kelly Jensen at Stacked takes a look at (the lack of) diversity in 2016 YA covers and notes that there is a distinct lack of interracial couples featured on covers.
THE WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
A must-read essay by Sofia Somatar on "Skin Feeling," what it's like to exist in a world where people engage with only the part of you that they can see and all your deeper you-ness becomes invisible.
Author Daniel Handler and his wife, Lisa Brown, are giving one million dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Love this: from Psycho to Thelma and Louise, photographers Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempé recreate iconic film scenes with black women in the lead roles.
It's October now. Are you participating in the #31horrorfilms31days challenge? You should! Come be scared and enjoy every spooky minute of it...
THE WEEK IN THE RANDOM
I got a kitten. I love my kitten. Here's my kitten!!!!!
Have a great weekend!