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Field Trip Friday: April 1, 2016

It's April Fool's Day, so I hope you are all on the lookout for nonsense today. As for me, I'm writing this from AWP in Los Angeles, which thus far has been a fabulous conference. Plus some of us YA Highwayers have had a chance to connect (see pic below), which is always special. By the way, if you're interested in presenting at next year's conference in D.C., submissions are currently being accepted.

If you're an unpublished author in the Los Angeles area, who doesn't hold an MA or MFA in writing, PEN America is now accepting applications for their Emerging Voices mentor program. It sounds very cool.
Agent Jennifer Laughran answers the question, "how often to agents fail to sell their clients' books?" 

Instagram is still okay.  FOR NOW.

Over at Disability in Kidlit, Corinne Duyvis and Kayla Whaley discuss the representation of disability in science fiction and fantasy, and also offer craft insight into thoughtful, nuanced worldbuilding that seeks to minimize ableist stereotypes and tropes.

Author James Patterson is donating 1.75 million dollars to school libraries around the nation! Applications for grants are being accepted through May 31st. 

Buzzfeed is starting a YA newsletter. That's pretty nifty! You can sign up for it here. 

You can (and should) now caption photos on twitter.

Four YA authors will be writing teen versions of DC Comics superheroes. 

The 2015 VIDA count looks not only at gender representation in literary review coverage, but has been expanded this year to consider the intersections of race, ethnicity, disability status, and sexual orientation.

B.J. Novak and Penguin Young Readers join up to donate 10,000 children's books to families in need.

The presidents of both the ALA and ALSC, as well as the chair of the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table, are calling on the governor of North Carolina to repeal the state's discriminatory HB2 act.

Looking for a diverse read? The 2016 We are the People summer reading list is out!

Have a great weekend!

AWP fun:
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Pictured here: Sarah Enni, Sam Mabry, Stephanie Kuehn, Kirsten Hubbard, Brandy Colbert, and Maurene Goo.

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Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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