1. Do you know what the story behind the author stalking the blogger (or is it the other way round?) thing is? I keep seeing snipers on twitter and tumblr but can't find the source. Thanks.

    catagator:

    Here’s the piece.

    Proceed with caution and do read the entire thing. I’d suggest the comments, too, for the way the behavior’s been condoned, too. 

    (For what it’s worth: the blogger wasn’t granted anonymity in the piece, though Hale’s friends were. This is why I can’t buy it as just a publicity stunt or an essay writing exercise.)  

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  2. NaNoWriMo and We Need Diverse Books team up!

    weneeddiversebooks:

    In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, NaNoWriMo is also providing resources to participants interested in writing diverse representation into their novels.

    We’re so excited to be partnering with NaNoWriMo to support diverse books! See NaNoWriMo’s press release here

  3. sharpegirl:

lauraroselam:

mugglenet:

MuggleNet Blog In celebration of #GLAADSpiritDay: TEN LGBTQ* BOOKS
From Daniel Radcliffe’s work for Trevor Project and portrayal of Allen Ginsberg, to Jessie Cave’s recent role as Zoe in the film Pride, the Potter cast have shown their support for LGBTQ* individuals over the years, and today millions go purple for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying. Obs…
http://blog.mugglenet.com/2014/10/in-celebration-of-glaadspiritday-ten-lgbtq-books/

Whoohoo! Pantomime & Shadowplay have mentions, along with sharpegirl, jamesdawsonbooks & more!

13 year old Tess, who was a Potterphile and basically LIVED on mugglenet is FREAKING THE HELL out right now. Such wonderful company to be in! 
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    sharpegirl:

    lauraroselam:

    mugglenet:

    MuggleNet Blog In celebration of #GLAADSpiritDay: TEN LGBTQ* BOOKS

    From Daniel Radcliffe’s work for Trevor Project and portrayal of Allen Ginsberg, to Jessie Cave’s recent role as Zoe in the film Pride, the Potter cast have shown their support for LGBTQ* individuals over the years, and today millions go purple for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying. Obs…

    http://blog.mugglenet.com/2014/10/in-celebration-of-glaadspiritday-ten-lgbtq-books/

    Whoohoo! Pantomime & Shadowplay have mentions, along with sharpegirl, jamesdawsonbooks & more!

    13 year old Tess, who was a Potterphile and basically LIVED on mugglenet is FREAKING THE HELL out right now. Such wonderful company to be in! 

    (via bisexual-books)

  4. On John Grisham, Victimized Pedophiles, and the Children’s Book Industry

    anneursu:

    As you may have heard, John Grisham gave an interview with The Telegraph in which he lambasted the US judicial system for excessive incarceration—including that of “Sixty-year-old white men in prison” whose only crimes were consuming child pornography.  

    “…But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”

    I’m bemused that someone who writes legal thrillers thinks being drunk is exculpatory when you break the law. (Or maybe he just thinks it is for white men? I can’t imagine why he’d think the system works differently for rich white guys.) Regardless, as proof of his thesis, Grisham spoke of a friend who was caught in a child porn sting and served three years in prison:

    "His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers’ or something like that. And it said ‘16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff - it was 16 year old girls who looked 30. 

    "He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys.

    See, it wasn’t THAT bad; Child porn isn’t so terrible when the subjects are teenage girls. We have no idea what website his friend actually looked at***, but the way Grisham chooses to demonstrate the relative frivolity of the crime is to describe the children on the site as “sixteen-year-old wannabe hookers.”

     I do not have the stomach to engage in a discussion about levels of acceptability in child pornography—even writing this post is making me physically ill. The point here is that, yet again, we have someone using teenage girls (especially, I suppose, slutty ones) as a signifier for people who aren’t worth quite as much as other people. And when you speak this way about teenage girls who are victims of sex crimes, it perpetuates the culture that creates these crimes.

     Is Mr. Grisham under the impression that these hypothetical girls actually aspire to prostitution? And this is, what, resumé-building? Or is he just trying to imply that they are super slutty, and so really are choosing this? Does he believe that child porn featuring teenage girls can in any way be a consensual act? Or does that part not matter?

     I’m guessing it’s that last one—it doesn’t matter— since his entire discussion is based around the act of looking at these images with little to no awareness of the humanity of the children in them.  What matters, to him, is the excessive persecution of the pedophile. Because it’s they who are the real victims here.

     That’s the thing—implicit in his comments is the idea that child pornography just happens, and when men of a certain age get drunk and poke around on the internet they cannot help but stumble upon it. Ah, well. No harm done. Who put that porn there? It’s not like they’re perverted or something. 

     So, what does it mean when comments that diminish the harm of consuming child pornography come from someone who writes bestselling books for children?

     I am not going to complain about celebrity authors writing children’s books—guaranteed bestsellers mean publishers can take chances on books whose success is not guaranteed. I cannot comment on the quality of Grisham’s middle grade series, and I cannot say whether or not these books are a cash grab on Grisham’s part or if he truly feels called to write books for young readers (though he has joked that he started the books because he was bitter at being displaced by JK Rowling as the bestselling author in the world.) 

    Whatever his motivations, these books have sold the requisite crapload of copies; in other words, lots of people are making lots of money on John Grisham: Children’s Book Author.

    So my question is: When one of the most famous authors in the western world uses his platform to say that viewing child porn isn’t so bad, really, does the industry have an obligation to respond? Does his children’s book publisher? When he argues that a guy should get a free pass for downloading pornographic pictures of underage girls, what does that mean to a business that depends so much on the dollars of underage girls? How much of a stand do we take for our customers? What is the line here?

     Sure, Grisham has apologized. Naturally, a statement was issued. Mistakes were made. Words were said. Regrets were regretted. 

    But is that enough?

     I do believe that when you profit off kids, you have a moral obligation to serve and honor those kids, and I know that this industry is full of people who care a great deal about that obligation. So, what happens now?

     Authors are allowed to be jerks and still get book contracts. But when an immensely powerful man with international visibility essentially excuses the consumers of child pornography, when he acts like child pornography is a victimless crime, what does it say if the children’s book industry continues to give him a platform? When we profit off selling his books to the very kids he has essentially pooh-poohed the exploitation of?  

    I don’t know the answer. But I think it’s worth asking the question. 

    [EDIT: ****Aaaaand it turns out that yes, Grisham was actually using “sixteen-year-old girls” to make things seem not-quite-so-bad, because his friend was exchanging images of kids younger than twelve as well. The friend, it seems, served 18 months in prison, and Grisham—not at all trading in on his celebrity—wrote a letter advocating this guy get reinstated to the bar. Because trading in child pornography shouldn’t keep you from being able to practice law. And acting like it’s not that big a deal, apparently, shouldn’t keep you from publishing highly visible children’s books with a major publisher.]

    (via novaren)

  5. yainterrobang:

    NEW RELEASES: OCTOBER 14
    Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (October 14 - 20). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our biweekly newsletter!

    The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp
    Publisher: Tor Teen
    Release date: October 14th
    Kit Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever.

    Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Release date: October 14th
    Born with the ability to move things with her mind, Kayla has become a master shoplifter. But one day she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it.

    Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Release date: October 14th
    With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever.

    The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Release date: October 14th
    Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead.

    Damaged by Amy Reed
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Release date: October 14th
    After Kinsey’s best friend Camille dies in a car accident during which Kinsey was driving, Kinsey shuts down. All she wants is to be left alone, but Camille’s boyfriend, Hunter–who was also in the car that night–has different ideas.

    Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
    Release date: October 14th
    Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. When Imogen’s new stepsister, Ella Cinder, moves in, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together.

    The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Release date: October 14th
    Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that’s what a mysterious young man who’s stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father.

    Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Release date: October 14th
    Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter Julia Buchanan. But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy.

    Every Breath (Every #1) by Ellie Marney
    Publisher: Tundra Books
    Release date: October 14th
    When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is a mutilated body. But Mycroft knows something and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

    The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Release date: October 14th
    Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away.

    Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Release date: October 14th
    Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. Glory makes it her mission to record everything. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

    Mortal Gods (Goddess War #2) by Kendare Blake
    Publisher: Tor Teen
    Release date: October 14th
    Ares, God of War, is leading the other gods into battle. Which is fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored.

    My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (et al.)
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Release date: October 14th
    If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me.

    Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Release date: October 14th
    As the cofounder of successful Tumblr blog—Oh Yeah Audrey!—devoted to Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has traveled to New York. Her plans derail when a boy offers her the New York experience she’s dreamed of.

    Playing For the Commandant by Suzy Zail
    Publisher: Candlewick Press
    Release date: October 14th
    A young Jewish pianist at Auschwitz, desperate to save her family, is chosen to play at the camp commandant’s house. But staying alive isn’t supposed to include falling in love with the commandant’s son.

    Redeemed (House of Night #12) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Release date: October 14th
    A Dark Goddess is loose on the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless they have the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird has such power.

    Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Release date: October 14th
    The Kingdom of Winter was conquered, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is for the eight survivors who managed to escape to steal back Winter’s magic.

    Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
    Publisher: Disney Hyperion
    Release date: October 14th
    Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back.

    Sublime by Christina Lauren
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Release date: October 14th
    When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, and as she begins to remember more, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

    The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
    Release date: October 14th
    The story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems. With nothing to lose, Cam is in.

    They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Release date: October 14th
    Kenzie Summerall is voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, and her average life becomes dazzling. This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes. But if you’re on it this year? Your life ends.

    Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Release date: October 14th
    Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist. But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel.

    Undivided (Unwind Dystology #4) by Neal Schusterman
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Release date: October 14th
    Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets.

    Very Bad Things by Susan McBride
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Release date: October 14th
    Katie never thought she’d be the girl with the popular boyfriend. She also never thought he’d cheat on her. Mark swears he doesn’t remember anything. But Rose, the girl in the photo, is missing, and Mark is in big trouble.

    (via yahighway)

  6. diversityinya:

    iwgregorio:

    Two more days to win an ARC of my YA debut None of the Above - pitched as Middlesex meets Mean Girls! Find out what newly minted 3x National Book Award finalist Jacqueline Woodson has to say about my book, and enter the giveaway at thebooksmugglers:

    http://thebooksmugglers.com/2014/10/a-smugglerific-cover-giveaway-none-of-the-above.html

    Check out this fantastic cover for NONE OF THE ABOVE and click over to The Book Smugglers for a chance to win the ARC! 

    (via thebooksmugglers)

  7. Diversity Group Announces Walter Dean Myers Award and Grants

    Words can’t really express how excited and moved and honored WNDB is about this. It is a very big deal. SO BIG.

    "We Need Diverse Books, the grassroots group of authors and others that coalesced around the lack of diversity in BookCon’s initial children’s author lineup this past spring, continues to advocate for more diversity in contemporary children’s literature by introducing new initiatives. WNDB is officially rolling out its new logo with this story. The organization announced exclusively to PW this week that it is launching an award and grants program in 2015. Also, Walter Dean Myers’s literary estate has granted WNDB the rights to name the award and grants in memory of the late children’s book writer, who was outspoken in his lifelong advocacy for multicultural children’s books.”

  8. Some Suggestions from Disability in Lit

    weneeddiversebooks:

    We’re so glad for sites like Disability in Lit among many others for reviewing books about characters with disabilities thoroughly and by those who identify as disabled themselves.

    Here are some recommendations, because we love giving recommendations (and getting them)!

    • Don’t Touch by…
  9. torteen:

    There’s a new Mockingjay preview!

    (via iheartyabooks)

  10. weneeddiversebooks:

Welcome aboard to our newest WNDB Advisory Board member: Tim Federle.
We are beyond thrilled to have you, Tim!!
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    weneeddiversebooks:

    Welcome aboard to our newest WNDB Advisory Board member: Tim Federle.

    We are beyond thrilled to have you, Tim!!