The internet has been more than usually Awful lately, and so I’m going to try to focus these links on things to counter-balance that. Not as a means of denial, but because we can’t dwell in the valley all the time.
If you read one thing from this list of links, let it be Kwame Alexander’s acceptance speech for the Newbery. Donald Crews’s Wilder acceptance speech is also wonderful. Apparently when committees choose amazing, thoughtful writers, you get amazing, thoughtful speeches.
Teen Services Underground hit it out of the park with this post from Andrea Sowers:
Libraries move at different speeds. It’s not one size fits all. Some can afford to have a huge digital media lab or teen space and all the trinkets that go with it. While others have to nickel and dime everything. Does this mean those libraries who can afford all the fancy things are better? Not necessarily. If you bought 3D printers for the teens, but what they really needed were laptops/computers in order to do homework then you’ve missed the mark. You’ve given them something shiny, but you haven’t given them what they needed.
We don’t need to be cutting edge to make a difference.
The Locus Awards were announced! I loved most of the categories, except YA, which seemed to reward well known adult writers rather than books that really exemplify the best of YA SFF.
Patricia McKillip has a new book coming out next year! And it sounds somewhat Arthurian!!
ALSO! Lois McMaster Bujold’s new novella set in the Chalion world is out!! It seems to only be available on Amazon at the moment but hopefully other links will come soon.
I really liked the way this post framed different tests of female representation–as critical lenses rather than the be all end all of feminism.
The Quiet Racism of Instagram Filters is such a good look at the biases of technology and the effect it can have on people.
Bree Newsome’s full statement after taking down the flag. It’s predictably amazing, but this part especially stood out to me:
You see, I know my history and my heritage. The Confederacy is neither the only legacy of the south nor an admirable one. The southern heritage I embrace is the legacy of a people unbowed by racial oppression. It includes towering figures of the Civil Rights Movement like Ida B. Wells, Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and Ella Baker. It includes the many people who rarely make the history books but without whom there is no movement. It includes pillars of the community like Rev. Clementa Pinckney and Emmanuel AME Church.
There’s been a bit of talk about a recent article begging women to stop saying “just” so much. I thought this post responding to it was fantastic.