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Musings and tidbits about the book world.

“Ninguna persona merece tus lágrimas, y quien las merezca no te hará llorar.”


- Gabriel García Márquez (via danny-dvincci)

One of the many truths I learned from him.

An Open Letter to Conference Planners: Please, No More Token Diversity Panels


The recent hue and cry over the main panel at the conference formerly known as BEA’s Power Reader Day has been pretty awesome. The main panel, which was focused on children’s authors, was overwhelmingly white and male. Not a good look when we’re talking about a section of publishing that is…

Cognitive Dissonance


I don’t know if what I’m about to rattle on about actually does involve cognitive dissonance, because I think the “contradictions” I have in mind may not be contradictory in a true sense.

I’ve been actively, genuinely participating in the ongoing diversity dialogue for the first time, and this…


We Are Still Not Doing Enough for Diversity in Kid lit


I’ve written about Why Being a POC Author Sucks Sometimes. I’ve written about the importance of Diversity and Diverse Reading Lists. And I’ve even written about Diversity in Writing. The discussion about why diversity in children’s literature is continuing because POC are still greatly…


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Yup, tears.

melenthius asked: I totally agree that the megastar authors should speak up on these issues. I am confused as to why the YA kidlit scene has been totally silent on their biggest name (the 1 with the successful movie out this year) saying her hero was biracial, swearing to fight whitewashing, & supporting the white actor who played him in the super-successful movie 100% racebending / tumblr / com/post/72271565688/hi-im-a-huge-fan-of-the-divergent-trilogy-and-i-was Makes Green & Rowell look pretty good.


That’s a good question, and I have no answer to it. It’s something I didn’t realize/consider. I’ve read Divergent but that was years ago, so this discussion never even hit my radar. I think maybe that’s part of the problem is that, like you said and like I hope came across in my piece, a lot of these discussions aren’t being brought to the forefront. 

I’m not sure I have anything to say about it, except it’s worth directing people to the link you shared here, and I’m going to also link to a lengthier discussion of it here and here

This isn’t in a defense of Roth, and I’m hoping this post doesn’t come across as neither a “here” nor “there,” but instead, some further reading/signal boosting. But there’s an interesting post she wrote a couple of years ago about the mistakes she made in writing Divergent, specifically as it came to her portrayal of sexual assault worth reading

I totally forgot about this.

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Dare to Disturb the Universe: Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Censorship, Writing, and the Duty of Children’s Books | Brain Pickings

When I find myself hotly defending something, wherein I am, in fact, zealous, it is time for me to step back and examine whatever it is that has me so hot under the collar. Do I think it’s going to threaten my comfortable rut? Make me change and grow? — and growing always causes growing pains. Am I afraid to ask questions?

Sometimes. But I believe that good questions are more important than answers, and the best children’s books ask questions, and make the reader ask questions. And every new question is going to disturb someone’s universe.


Working on May diversity issue.



Working on May diversity issue.


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Pretty! Thanks, @100scopenotes, for pointing this out! (via Caustic Cover Critic: Blackboard)