Saturday, October 20, 2012

Links of Note

This week's links of note is legitimately shorter than most. I'm in the midst of preparing a huge presentation for YALSA's YA Lit Symposium and I've been working on setting up the forthcoming contemporary week series here at STACKED, to run November 3-10. I've got five amazing guest posts, and I'll be including coordinating book lists to the topics the guests wrote on. Contemporary week will kick off with a post including all our presentation materials from the Symposium, including a massive project I've devoted all my free time to. Which would explain why this week's links of note is shorter.

  • What's new in YA Fiction? Mashups. But not the kind of Mashups where Abe Lincoln is taking on something paranormal. These are mashups that tangle genres. I think some of these work way better than others, especially when trying to sell books to a teen. 
  • Here's a good piece on how to support an author. Though I do find the "buy a copy even if you won't read it" bit to be kind of weird. I get the point, but I don't like extra clutter in my house. I'd rather just gift a book in support.  
  • Ten essential books for book nerds! How many have you read or do you own? I've read The Book Thief and The Polysyllabic Spree. I do own Reading Lolita in Tehran but haven't read it yet. 
  • Ploughshares literary magazine does a feature on little-known literary boroughs, and this time, they covered Iowa City, IA. I went to college just north of Iowa City and used to go down to their amazing indie, Prairie Lights, to get a fix. I got to hear a few readings there, too, and I had the privilege of hearing so many well-known literary readers while in college because of the Iowa Writer's Workshop being there. I also had a professor who came from the IWW, which really did transform a lot of my thinking about creative writing and the creative process. When they tell you you will not have opportunities for "cultural events" in the midwest, I beg to differ. I loved reading this piece. 
  • Cassie Clare wrote a great piece about bullying and how it's a bad thing. I know that sounds cheesy and I feel like everyone's read this already, but I think her speaking out like this -- especially with the audience she has -- is brave and powerful.  
  • I think it's way too early to be talking about the best books of the year, but The Huffington Post disagrees with me. They offer up their favorites of the year.  There is one YA book on the list. Can you guess what it is? 
  • Speaking of Halloween, twisted couples, and other scary thoughts, make sure you check out the new series over at Nova Ren Suma's blog: What Scares You

6 comments:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, the YA that adults can like without shame.

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    1. And we'll see how many other end of year "best of" lists it ends up being the representative YA book on soon!

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  2. Seriously STOKED about that Iowa City article! I commute to the University of Iowa for grad school! I love Prairie Lights. And I recently met Lois Lowry at the Iowa City Public Library. I'm also taking a class called in print/in person where we read ten books and each of the authors comes to visit our class. It's a pretty wonderful city. Thanks for sharing the link!

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    1. I LOVED that piece on Iowa City. It did a good job of painting why it's such a great literary spot.

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  3. I work in one of the libraries mentioned in the haunted libraries article. We're constantly having to chase away ghost hunters because our director doesn't like to draw attention to that part of our library.

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    1. I can imagine how annoying that would get!

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