The D-List: April 13, 2015

The D-List

 

Flavorless and Colorless? Minority Experiences in YA/MG Books About Austism

People often accuse science fiction of over-relying on defaults and readers’ previous knowledge. Starships, teleportation, and so on, all provide familiar templates a writer can use as building blocks to a story. But realistic fiction can also rely on defaults in a very similar manner. Moreover, in realistic fiction even more so than in speculative genres, these defaults are usually sociocultural defaults shared by the majority of readership: ethnic and racial majority people (usually Euro-Americans), straight people, typically developing people. Read more here.

Growing up I thought Filipinos weren’t allowed to be in books

The BBC’s poll of the greatest children’s books of all time led to heartfelt objections on Twitter on beyond. Where was Judy Blume? Why were there no NEW books? What about Harry Potter? To appease those who were “slightly peeved” by these omissions, The Guardian held its own random Twitter poll, asking book lovers what children’s books would still be making their mark on future generations.

Well. I was peeved too, but for other reasons. Everyone seemed to forget that the poll was held to mark INTERNATIONAL Children’s Book Day.

Where was the international in a list of books that were equal parts American and British? Read more here.

We Need Diverse Books Becomes 501-c-3 Nonprofit

We Need Diverse Books, the organization that emerged last April from the controversy over BookCon’s initial author lineup, has officially become a 501-c-3 public charity with tax-exempt status. All contributions made to WNDB are now tax-deductible, retroactive to the organization’s official founding on July 14, 2014, when it dropped its original hashtag and incorporated as a volunteer-run nonprofit. Read more here.

 

Spring Writing Bootcamp 2015

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I’m beyond excited for bootcamp! Last year’s was just the kick in the arse I needed. I’d been in a huge writing slump and health and work-related issues were laying me low. Having some goals to work toward, even small ones, kept me connected to writing and the accountability was everything.

Teams were announced today but don’t let that stop you from getting into it. You can find info about the Bootcamp here and the planned word sprints on Twitter here.

April Goals

  • Draft 30K words for my Camp Nano project
  • Finish revisions on THINGS WE SHOULD HAVE SAID

May Goal

  • Finish Camp Nano draft (about 30K words)

Wish me luck!

The D-List: April 6, 2015

The D-List

The Hugo Awards Were Always Political. But Now They’re Only Political

The Hugo Awards have always been “political,” in the sense that people campaigned for them (even though I guess that was officially frowned upon.) And they were political, in that they were seen as a reflection of who gets recognition for writing science fiction and fantasy. When the nominees are mostly white men, as they have been during most eras except for the mid-1990s and the past five years, it does send a message about whose work is going to be considered valuable. Read more here.

COLLEGE FEMINISMS: “What White Publishers Won’t Print:” Systemic Racism in (Institutionalized) Knowledge Production

The consistent rejection of diversity in publishing is a paradox. As the industry attempts to stay current, relevant, and malleable in an increasingly digital age, it can no longer afford to deny Black and Brown authors and audiences. Academic and university presses must be accountable to diversity quotas, if not because it makes them money. More ethically, however, publishing is a pillar of cultural and knowledge production and must be all-inclusive because presses have a duty, onus, or what ever you may call it in cultural production. Presses have the power to orchestrate the circulation of knowledge and without the institutional commitment to eradicating injustice they’re asleep at the wheel. Read more here.

The Secret Lives of Bilingual Books

When you add in the fact that the majority of the 54 million Latinos in the U.S. are bilingual and yet very few children’s books are bilingual you have a tremendous gap in books that can speak to this community and its culture, particularly the parents. That means they don’t see themselves in the children’s books distributed at their schools, stocked in their local libraries or sold in bookstores. The effect of this invisibility and absence in children’s books is dramatic and negatively affects the self-esteem of these children. Read more here.