There was a pretty awful article about the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to the Librarian of Congress position, which bemoaned her lack of scholarly experience in a pretty gross and suspect way. Jenny broke down a lot of the issues nicely, and I chimed in with some thoughts too.
I finally read Kate Elliott’s massive and wonderful look at writing women in fantasy, which is so worth taking the time to delve into. She pulls together a wide range of issues and documents women from many eras and areas to show the many ways of being a woman which existed in the past. There are lots of bits I could and would like to quote, but I’ll stick with this:
Women have always lived complex and multivariate lives. Women are everywhere, if only we go looking. Any of the lives or situations referenced above could easily become the launching point for a range of stories, from light adventure to grimmest dark to grand epic.
E.K. Johnston is writing a Star Wars book and I am very excited!
Alan Lomax’s entire archive of folk songs and interviews is now available for free online. This is really cool!
Lin-Manuel Miranda gave an immensely charming interview to the NYT about books. He loves the Big Nate books! and seems to read YA regularly! This just increases my desire to get him to read Code Name Verity somehow. (via literally everyone on my Twitter feed)