– Rep. John Lewis’s recollections of the Selma march. It’s so amazing to me that we can have this living witness to the events of 50 years ago.
– And on the subject of tweeting, I found this pretty powerful: livetweeting the apocalypse.
– On the subject of Ferguson: key points from the DOJ report and on a happier note, the Ferguson Public Library hired a new children’s librarian!
– Nice to see this getting some traction outside the kitlitosphere: “The world of children’s books is still very white”
– Ursula K LeGuin is as awesome as ever: Are they going to say this is fantasy?
– The Nebula and Norton shortlists were announced and I LOVE THEM.
– Kate Elliott wrote a magnificent post about writing women as human beings. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but the ending is especially great: “In a narrative that you write and which you encompass the whole of, there can be no “them.” If there is you have already lost the battle because you are relegating characters you feel uncomfortable writing to a lesser, inferior, not-fully-human state, as if they are people who vaguely resemble you in having arms and legs and heads but are otherwise aliens. People are not aliens. They are people. Treat all your characters as people. It’s that simple. It’s that hard.”
– Shannon Hale has a really important post about school author visits and gender. This right here, this is the problem: “I talk about books and writing, reading, rejections and moving through them, how to come up with story ideas. But because I’m a woman, because some of my books have pictures of girls on the cover, because some of my books have “princess” in the title, I’m stamped as “for girls only.” However, the male writers who have boys on their covers speak to the entire school.”
– THIS THIS THIS: girls liking pink is not the problem.
– I know this weasel is trying to kill the woodpecker but I still want them to become the stars of a children’s book where they solve crime.
– And finally, this is my new life goal