My new (hopefully weekly!) links recap format continues.
As mentioned in week 1, 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.
Addition: Given the current political climate, I would strongly suggest also reading EVERYTHING Celeste Pewter tweets; she is incredibly insightful and her tweets on US politics have helped me figure out which things going on are reasonably worrying and which are absolutely terrifying.
This thread by Sarah Shaffi, and the linked piece by Natasha Onwuemezi, on the lack of diversity in the Carnegie longlist is a must-read. On that subject,
in case you missed it first time around, this Nikesh Shukla piece on the need for greater diversity in books is superb.
There were some fab book lists this week which DID include diversity though, thankfully. The ABA released their Indie Next list which is AWESOME; so many amazing books there! Am especially thrilled to see The Hate U Give, which I love, and Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited and Jack Cheng’s See You In The Cosmos, both of which I can’t wait to read, in the top 10. I also loved ZoraidaCórdova's Bustle list of overrated books and what to read instead, and Casey's Autostraddle post, 8 queer sci-fi books to read right now.
Yet more brilliant lists - a great Multiculturalism Rocks one ofdebut authors of color and Native Americans, Lucy Nisbet for YA Interrobang on 8 YA books to watch out for this February. (I’m so excited for American Street, while The Hate U Give is INCREDIBLE!) Isabel Calkin’s NYLON piece, on 10 black women in academia that you need to know about, is wonderful. I loved Myles E Johnson’s piece on Beyoncé for the NYT. while Remi Joseph Salisbury, on Stormzy being suspected of breaking into his own house, is excellent.
Other bookish stuff -this The Book Voyagers post on racial diversity on book covers is brilliant, as are Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Black History Month recommendations. Two great interviews, one with wonderful crime author Nick Bryan over at Whispering Stories and another with Nina LaCour at Booklist Reader; I can't wait for We Are Okay! Jacqueline Carey for Tor on the breathtaking wonderfulness of Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity is amazing!