"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." --C.S. Lewis
Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)
From Publisher's Lunch:
Book Trailers: Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman, The Hired Girl - Lara Amy Schlitz, The Book of Spirits and Thieves - Morgan Rhodes
Authors: RubyFruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown, Raising Rufus - David Fulk, The Abyss Surrounds Us - Emily Skrutskie, Alive - Chandler Baker, Secret of the Sevens - Lynn Lindquist, Book Scavenger - Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Legacy of Kings - Eleanor Herman,
Awards: Vermont Youth Book Awards, 2015 Carnegie UK Medals, Amazon’s Best YA books so far (& best books of the yearso far)
Excerpts: Shadowshaper - Daniel Jose Older, The Copper Gauntlet - Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, Date with a Rockstar - Sarah Gagnon, Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone, Hello, I Love You - Katie M. Stout. Jesse's Girl - Miranda Kenneally.The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness, The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan
*You can read the inspiration chapter behind Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
The Ferguson Library was named the library of the year.
Gayle Forman is writing her first novel for adults (13 children’s book authors who would have written for adults too - a list to accompany that article).
#WeNeedDiverseBooks: the hashtag that sparked a literary movement. Checking in on Diverse Books: a CBC Panel. It’s still a white children’s book world. But you know, booksellers can also battle bias on the shop floor and keep in mind how youdesign backlist titles too.
A publishing house will only be publishing female writers for a year. That’s cool… and also I’m wondering how long before you get a man going “that’s sexist0131281!!!”
Penguin Random House reached a deal with Amazon. So no more pushback on Amazon this year, it seems. Maybe more in the future? Or pubs were real hesitant after the Hachette incident?
YES PLEASE: an attorney was getting the local barber shops to stock books for boys. Why not? I always get really, really bored if I’m getting my hair done… read a book! Good idea and gets kids to read more too.
Really cool: a professor teaches a social justice and YA lit course. Here’s his syllabus. (This is when I know behind. I haven’t read most of the books on that list, sadly…)
Heather Brewer will soon become Zac Brewer to embrace his true self.
The Accident Season is being pitched as a cross between We Were Liars and How We Live Now.
A brief summary of author and industry events.
J.K. Rowling wrote about why the Dursleys hated Harry so much (lol at the explanation for the Dursleys’ names), and well there are 36 things still unexplained about HP (okay, so I was less convinced that there needed to be a spin-off / JKR should never leave HP again until I saw this and was like, how did I never notice these things about the books?).
FiveThirtyEight tried and failed to identify the most banned book in America from ALA’s yearly lists.
From YA Highway, which has better links than I would for this: "Nine black church-goers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina were gunned down by a white man who hoped to start a race war. The victims included librarian Cynthia Hurd, manager of one of Charleston County's busiest branches. You can donate to Friends of the Charleston Library in her honor. You can also refer to the #CharlestonSyllabus, a public list of books on race, compiled in the wake of the massacre."
Cover Reveal watch - Today: CamGirl by Leah Raeder. Also probably more from HarperCollins. (See my Pinterest - I missed a bunch of covers that should have been in this post but will be in next week's instead...)
Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:
Are you anticipating these July releasing books?
What about these 13 best new books in June and 24 June books that might just charm your pants off? Or June’s Best Bets?
Great YA Break-up Novels. Definitely on The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes.
6 Great YAs Exploring Childhood Abduction, 20 Unlikely YA Heroes That We Love (is Celaena a heroine or an anti-heroine for the very reasons they mention? Same with Adelina, who Marie Lu said is a villain, not a hero), 20 YAs That Kept Us Up All Night (article proof that I need to read more horror novels, ha), The Preapocalypse Is Now: 5 YAs That Take Place Before the World Ends, 20 Books to Read After Paper Towns, 8 Life-Affirming YA Books Guaranteed to Fill You With Joy, 7 Super-Twisted YA Friendships (Sadie/Miles in Delicate Monster is most definitely twisted).
What happens when you think you’ve lost your book?
Best young adult books for the summer + another summer list + and yet another + and another, curated by TED speakers..
The 10 Best Independent Bookshops in the world: do you agree?
Symptoms of a book hangover. ← Currently my symptoms. I need the cure!
Do you think these side characters need their own books?
Articles all about the importance of YA these days: a golden age for kidlit, which sf/f book helped you to grow up, selfies, sex, and body image - the revolution in books for teenage girls, if Hollywood won’t feature modern superheroines then it’s up to YA literature.
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