Monday 27 January 2020

Things I've Read And Watched

Beth has the second part of her awesome list of YA book releases you should be looking forward to this year!

She also has a great list of February recommendations.

Library Girl and Book Boy has a fantastic piece on books celebrating the arts.

Awesome blogger Charli wrote an important piece for SCOPE on the cost of being a disabled university student.

The New Yorker has a superb profile of the incredible NK Jemisin.

Rachel Kramer Bussel wrote for Publishers Weekly about the ongoing issues with Dreamspinner.

Lily, one of my very favourite Booktubers, has a great video on her favourite reads of last year.

If you have, like me, raced through Sex Education season 2 then it's well worth watching the Youtube video about the season-long sexual assault story arc.

Jeanette Ng wrote about identity, performing marginalisations and the limitations of OwnVoices.

Malinda Lo's What is 'Good' LGBTQYA is another really thought-provoking read.

Word Wonders hosts a superb post by Patrice Caldwell on the cover design for A Phoenix First Must Burn, the anthology of 16 stories celebrating the Black experience which she's edited. Samira Iravani, the cover designer, and illustrator Ashe Samuels did an AMAZING job on this one and it's fascinating to read more about the creation of the cover.

Patrice also wrote an excellent post for Refinery 29 about why things like the American Dirt problems keep happening.

Alex Shephard wrote more about this - and about Lauren Groff's review of AD - for The New Republic and Esmeralda Bermudez wrote for the LA Times about what happens when Latinos are shut out of the book industry.

David Schmidt adds to the excellent writing surrounding the American Dirt controversy with this piece on the misrepresentations of Mexico the book contains.

Kav Lakshmi's piece on living with depression for Brown Girl magazine is a tough read but if you're in the right head space for it I would highly recommend it.

ALA announced their best fiction of the year; tons of great books here!

Beyond A Bookshelf has an awesome list of Sapphic fiction.

This When Nigel Slater met Nadiya Hussain piece is very interesting.

Alan Rusbridger's Guardian piece on Harry and Meghan and the press is a must-read.

And, as ever, Library Lady has her own superb round-up of news from the world of children's books.

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