Happy Monday! Isn’t this Northeast weather crazy? It looks like spring and there are misleading flowers, so you choose iced coffee only to realize later that it was the worst choice you’ve ever made, and you’ve lost all faith in summer happening ever–No? Maybe that’s just how I feel…
Anyway, this indecisive weather has just induced more hiding-inside-with-a-good-book behavior, which is never a bad thing. Also, there are more serious happenings in the world than minor climatic angst. For example:
This week in Internet-land, opinions have been flying around as to whether and how YA books combat the hot-button issue of bullying. “‘A lot of the authors say books saved their lives during those difficult teen years,’ Ms. Hall said. And authors, in turn, can be fiercely protective of their vulnerable, bookish readers. ‘They know that their fan base is people like them,” she said, “people who consider reading as a refuge. We want to be there for teens to let them know it will get better.’”–NY Times. Read the rest of the article here.
And here’s The Atlantic’s perspective! Books discussed in either/both include Wonder by R. J. Palacio, The List by Siobhan Vivian, and others.
In a related YA social justice note, Laurie Halse Anderson, author of the award-winning Speak, has joined RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization) in a campaign called #Speak4RAINN. Check it out.
Want to get involved with writing-related community organizing yourself? Girls Write Now, a NYC-based group of women writers from ages 13 to 83, is looking for mentors (and mentees!)
Considering becoming a writer? Deb Caletti has some advice: ”So, to all of you tender hearts who have this crazy, slippery dream: I know. And I am living proof that you, too, can make it happen.”