Friday, 16 December 2016

Twenty Things I've Read #2

My new (hopefully weekly!) links recap format continues!

As mentioned last week, there are some sites which could quite conceivably fill this list between them EVERY WEEK as they constantly produce amazing posts - and I find it way too hard to single them out! So instead, I will just list them at the start of each post. If you're not reading the following, you are REALLY missing out.

Safe Space
Media Diversified
The Pool
Teen Vogue 

The Twenty

Matt Wolfe's piece for The New Republic on BK Doe, 'The Last Unknown Man', is one of the most fascinating things I've read all year.

Tehlor Kay Mejia wrote a really brilliant piece on Medium, 'On "POC" and Other "Unifying" Terms' - it's definitely made me think more carefully about my choice of language.

I also loved Dill Werner's piece for the Gay YA on demisexuality - especially as it references Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, the best on-page representation of demisexuality I've seen.

For The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a stunning piece, 'My President Was Black', which is a must-read. 

I also thought that Senti Sojwal's interview with Piyali Bhattacharya as part of the Feministing Five feature on Feministing was a great read.

My friend Grace wrote a brilliant piece about getting glasses for the first time

And another awesome friend, Julianne, wrote a post recommending the Google Keep app, which I've been using to save things for this very feature - I'm finding it really useful!

SL Huang is a great novelist and one of my absolute favourite short story writers! I'm excited to read her recent novelette The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist (a queer retelling of The Little Mermaid!!), published by the Book Smugglers and released as part of the Fiction Fights Back initiative - especially since her payment for it is being split between Lambda Legal, the Trans Lifeline, and the Trevor Project, 3 great causes. She's written about Fiction Fights Back over on the Book Smugglers.

Really interesting piece on FiveThirtyEight about the Star Wars Expanded Universe and the way it was killed off in 2014.

I also really liked David Newnham's Guardian piece on Esperanto, which I've dabbled in briefly and find an intriguing language.

Bridget Minamore wrote an excellent piece for the Debrief; 'When It Comes To Diversity, Black English Language Is Just As Important As Diversity In Boardrooms'

Chris Russell is an exceptionally talented singer AND author; I loved his piece for Maximum Pop on boy band bromances!

I'm a huge fan of Mackenzi Lee's Bygone Badass Broads feature on Twitter, the latest - talking about American Civil War lady spies Mary Bowser and Bet Van Lews - is awesome!

I loved Emily Garrison's thread about white preppy boys in the supermarket talking about NK Jemisin's stunning The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and the importance of black female protagonists.

Also on Twitter, Tess Sharpe wrote a great thread in response to a LitReactor post claiming posting politics can kill an author's career. The post - which seemed to be rather baseless fearmongering - now seems to have been deleted, but her thread is still well worth a read if it's something that worries you.

Finally, there have been a ton of great lists of the best books of 2016 shared recently! Favourites of mine include the Tor Reviewer's Choice, Majorie Ingall's selection for Tablet of The Best Jewish Chidren's Books of 2016, Booktrust interviewing authors about their Best Teen Books of 2016 (great to see Patrice Lawrence's Orangeboy mentioned twice!), Penn GSE assistant professor of literature Ebony Elizabeth Thomas sharing her top children's books of the year, and the picks from the staff at Publishers Weekly (which have introduced me to Ron Wimberley's Prince of Cats, described as "Hamilton for comics", a hip-hop retelling of Romeo and Juliet through the eyes of Tybalt which sounds INCREDIBLE!)

News and things:

Following the news that Creative Access have lost over £2 million pounds of government funding - a terrible development for all of those of us who value diversity in publishing and media - a petition has been set up asking for it to be saved. Please sign it!

There is a special #boybandlit Twitter chat TONIGHT (Saturday Dec 17th at 8pm!) Assuming I've got this post up on time, anyway...

Speaking of fabulous Twitter chats, Lucy the Reader is looking for UKYA debut authors in 2017 to take part in January's #UKYAchat!

Just a few days left to back American football comic FORCE #1 on Kickstarter - this looks great!

Fabulous blogger Vee, admin of The Gay YA, has started another must-read Twitter feed - @trans_lit; you should definitely be following them!

My posts:

I love The Book Smugglers and was thrilled to be asked to write once again for their Smugglivus feature. This hasn't been a great year for me reading-wise so I decided to look forward rather than back, sharing 12 upcoming YA and MG SFF books I'm hugely excited for.

On this blog, I wrote a similar post, looking at contemporaries I can't wait to read.

I also posted about doing All The Things - and why I'm trying NOT to!

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