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.
I'm seeing lots of trans recs on my timeline at the moment, which is great, but quite a few lists I'm noticing contain some books which generally seem to be viewed as problematic by the trans community. Please read Vee S's superb piece on The Acceptance Narrative in Trans YA. Also, you should definitely read Janet Mock in the New York Times - Young People Get Trans Rights. It’s Adults Who Don’t. Newsweek published Katie M Logan's superb piece on why Kamala Khan is the Muslim-American superhero America needs right now.
Harper Collins have an awesome post from Sheba Karim, Why YA Books With Muslim Protagonists Are More Important Than Ever. And over at The Conversation, BJ Epstein talks about why children's books that teach diversity are more important than ever too.
I loved reading about Noëlle Santos's mission to open the only bookstore in the Bronx - it's amazing to see the $100,000 target has been reached! Noëlle also featured in a brilliant Fusion piece, alongside The Education of Margot Sanchez author Lilliam Rivera, on how the two are flipping the script on Bronx stereotypes. Margot Sanchez is one of the books I'm most looking forward to reading in the coming months, as is Ibi Zoboi's American Street - there's a great interview with Ibi at BookPage. Speaking of brilliant interviews, check out this fabulous one with podcasters Melanin Millennials at Refinery 29. And a fantastic piece as ever from Danielle Dash, this time talking about Serena Williams & Unfettered White Fragility.
The brilliant blog Bookishness and Tea had a great piece on Diversity In Fantasy/Science Fiction: Why It’s Important & 40 Book Recommendations. Chris McCrudden's slide show on the audience for diverse books fascinated me! And this study - Publishing Statistics on Children's Books about People of Color and First/Native Nations and by People of Color and First/Native Nations Authors and Illustrators - is interesting if deeply depressing in many ways. Graham Douglas has a great piece on Book Careers about why working remotely is the key to diversity in publishing. And I loved the brilliant Stripes Showcase event last Saturday; Katy Cannon's blog on it is awesome.
As usual, some amazing lists going around! I loved Sophie Davidson's Birdsong piece, Boys with Books: An alternative reading list suggesting books by women for some of the men she saw on a dating site who only seemed to list books by men in their favourites. YA Interrobang recommended some fabulous February releases including Margot Sanchez, American Street, Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give (April in the UK but ABSOLUTELY worth the wait!) and Nina LaCour's We Are Okay. On Bustle, Swapna Krishna recommended 9 Science Books Written by Women To Read When You Need A Break From Fiction. RO Kwon's piece for Electric Literature, recommending 34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year, has really added to my 'wants list'. And finally, Amy Diegelman gave some recommendations if you're looking to complete the Read Harder challenge at Book Riot using graphic novels.
News and Things
Two upcoming deadlines! If you're an unpublished and unagented BAME writer you have until 28th February to submit to Stripes' anthology A Change Is Gonna Come, which looks like it will be AMAZING! Details here. And I'm loving Fiyah magazine which closes subscriptions on 1st March; subscribe here for a year of amazing Black speculative fiction.
The Inside A Dog longlist was announced and looks brilliant; great to see favourite books of mine by Nicola Yoon, Alice Oseman and Heidi Heilig, especially.
And one of the most exciting book announcements for AGES as Macmillan announced a collaborative novel from 7 of UKYA's top talents! Floored is written by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood. - find out more about this 2018 release (HOW WILL WE WAIT THAT LONG?!) here.
I shared my thoughts on the disappointing lack of BAME authors on the Carnegie longlist.
Looking ahead to March, I previewed 10 of the books I'm most excited for in the coming weeks.
I posted about ten books I loved more than I thought I would.
Lisa Williamson joined me for a guest slot in my Shorts on Sunday feature.
To celebrate the upcoming release of The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd, I had an EXCLUSIVE gif from Emma Shoard - thanks Barrington Stoke!
And Richard Davis posted about his favourite things about his lead character Saul Marshall.