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"This is the language of privilege – the audacity of standing at the top of a mountain you made on the backs of others and then yelling at people for being at the bottom. If it’s not the intangible Market that’s to blame, it’s the writers of color, who maybe don’t have what it takes and don’t submit enough anyway. Read the subtextual coding here – the agent first places the onus of change on the folks with the least institutional power to effect it, then suggests we probably won’t be able to find the time (i.e., lazy) to master the craft."

— Author Daniel Jose Older on Buzzfeed, responding to this panel of literary agents discussing the lack of diversity in publishing. (via tubooks)

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jrjohansson:

Come say hi! I’m signing right NOW in the Shadow Mountain booth at #FanX #slccomiccon

jrjohansson:

Come say hi! I’m signing right NOW in the Shadow Mountain booth at #FanX #slccomiccon

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mindymcginnis:

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I’m proud to announce that NOT A DROP TO DRINK has been chosen as a Choose To Read Ohio title!

Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) encourages libraries, schools, families, book clubs, and others to build communities of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature….

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yareviewnetwork:

YARN Alums

Above is a list of a few YA authors that have been featured on YARN! I will try to make these posts more often, especially for those who are coming across our website for the first time. 

~ Lourdes

Below, find a list of all the contributions these amazing writers have made:

Allen Zadoff - Interview 

malindalo - Interview 

Nikki Grimes - Poetry

Emil Ostrovski - Fiction

Pete Hautman - Interview

Lyn Miller-Lachmann - Essay

Leila Sales - Interview

Lamar Giles - Fiction

Margarita Engle - Poetry

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jrjohansson:

Here is the full cover for INSOMNIA in Hungary! I LOVE SO MANY THINGS!!!
I love how he is laying on a pillow, but his eyes are wide open…and there is the creepy outline of the girl in the pillow. And how blue his eyes are. It’s perfect! Also, Álmatlanság is (I believe) the direct translation of INSOMNIA. For more info on my publisher, check out Főnix Könyvműhely! 
What do you guys think of this cover? 

jrjohansson:

Here is the full cover for INSOMNIA in Hungary! I LOVE SO MANY THINGS!!!

I love how he is laying on a pillow, but his eyes are wide open…and there is the creepy outline of the girl in the pillow. And how blue his eyes are. It’s perfect! Also, Álmatlanság is (I believe) the direct translation of INSOMNIA. For more info on my publisher, check out Főnix Könyvműhely! 

What do you guys think of this cover? 

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shannonmessenger:

I know I made you guys wait an EXTRA long time for this one—but once you see the awesomeness I’m sure you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.

And I know there’s now point in saying anything else because you’ve already skipped over this to see the shiny so….

TA…

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rebelbeattt:

Almost half a year after I read “Let the Sky Fall” I was like,

'book two should be read right away' but I have to wait 'til March. And suddenly, Let the Storm Break blew me away - it's  a heart-pounding sequel with higher stakes. 

LTSB, also has an UNEXPECTED-CLIFFHANGER, although it’s not quite a cliffhanger but there’s something about the ending that will make you think, what will happen next, nevertheless I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next and I need to wait for another year or two.

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yaseriesinsiders:

Frozen comes out tomorrow! Are you as excited as we are?

yaseriesinsiders:

Frozen comes out tomorrow! Are you as excited as we are?

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penguinteen:

Today we welcome Brandy Colbert to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! Her wonderful novel, Pointe, combines some of our favorite things - ballet and some super dark plot points. If you’ve been looking for that realistic fiction tale that will have you turning the pages as fast as you can to see how everything will turn out, you’ve found it. Gripping, emotional, and heartbreaking, we promise you won’t regret picking up Pointe.

Name: Brandy Colbert          

Novel: Pointe

Available: now!

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? This changes all the time, but right now it’s a cross between Aimee Bender and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I never thought I’d be able to write a book that covered both dance and abduction/child sexual abuse—two things I deeply care about, but aren’t typically connected—so that’s pretty special. And the fact that people are reading it is even more special.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? I’d probably end up arguing with most of my favorite characters, so I’ll say Rose from The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. I’d have a lot of questions for someone who can taste emotions of the people who prepare her food.

Where do you write? In my bed. I’ve done so since I was a kid, when I was writing stories with notebooks and pens. It’s terrible for my posture, but apparently very good for my writing.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? The Little Rock Nine, who were the first black students to desegregate an all-white high school in Arkansas. They were tormented from the first day they tried to walk up the steps of their new school, endured unbelievable verbal and physical abuse, and stayed strong through it all.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet (@brandycolbert), but some of my funniest tweets are ridiculous exchanges with friends. On a good day (“good” being relative), you might catch me wondering about unattended cupcakes in a public restroom, or talking about my obsession with Tonya Harding documentaries (more, please).

What is your favorite season? I live in L.A., so we don’t really have traditional seasons. But I’m from the Missouri Ozarks, and growing up, I always loved spring: Fresh Air. Flowers. Warmth. They all agree with me.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Anywhere that has a cat café.

Do you have any writing rituals? Silence. And nighttime. I can’t write at coffee shops or listen to music while I’m working. Just me and the words, preferably when most people are sleeping.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? I keep threatening to move to a tiny beach town on California’s Central Coast, but I’m not ready to give up the city yet. I feel very lucky to have a life in Los Angeles, and publishing a novel is my lifelong dream, so I’d say things are pretty great.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? A Tribe Called Quest at the Wiltern in 2006. I got really into their music just as they were breaking up in the late ’90s, so I never thought I’d get to see them perform. They put on a killer show. Q-Tip wore gold lamé high-tops. I was happy. (But my first concert ever was Tina Turner, when I was six years old, so few can compare to that.)

What are you currently working on? More dark YA contemporary, which I hope to share more about in the near future!

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Thanks, Brandy! We can’t wait to read what you have coming next!

You can find Brandy on Twitter and her blog.

Add Pointe to your “to-read” list on Goodreads!

Purchase Pointe from your favorite retailer.

(via brandycolbert)

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Want More Diversity in Your YA? Here’s How You Can Help

diversityinya:

Within the last few weeks, the  New York TimesEntertainment Weekly, and CNN have all published articles examining the lack of diversity in children’s and young adult literature — and next month, School Library Journal plans to publish an entire issue devoted to diversity. While all this mainstream interest in diversity is to be applauded for bringing more people into the ongoing conversation about diversity, they still largely fail to tackle the problem of how we can change the status quo.

We at Diversity in YA obviously don’t have all the answers, and we aren’t the first people to talk about these issues. This conversation has been going on for decades. What we do have are ideas for how you can change the status quo right now. If you’re an ordinary reader, you don’t have to wait to show your support for books that show the world as it is. Here are five ways you can help make positive change right now:

1. Look for diversity. 

Make a conscious effort to seek out books to read that feature characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters. They may not be front-and-center at your local Barnes & Noble; you may have to look around a bit or go online to find them.

2. Support diversity.

Support the diverse books that are published today by buying them, by checking them out at your library, or by requesting that your library buy them.

3. Recommend diversity.

If you use Goodreads, Facebook, social media, or have a blog, talk up the books you love that happen to have diverse characters. Tell your friends! Word of mouth is still key in bringing awareness to books. And remember: You don’t need to recommend them solely for their diversity — they’re great books to enjoy, plain and simple.

4. Talk up diversity.

When discussions around diversity in literature occur online, join in the conversation if you can to express that you do want more diverse books to read and that the issue is important to you.

5. Don’t give up.

There will always be people who dismiss “diversity” as meaningless. They are the reason we must keep fighting for representation. We’re all in this together.

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Want a list of diverse YA books you can get started reading right now? Here are a dozen YA books of all kinds (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery — something for everyone!) that happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters.

Want even more book lists? Here’s a link to all of our book lists.