Oct 28, 2014
I’m nearing the end of a fall full of traveling, having already been to Indianapolis, Seattle, and Tulsa, where I met some wonderful high school students, readers, and writers. My last fall event is coming up in mid-November when I head to Austin, Texas, for the YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium.
Oh, and did I mention I did a bookstore event with one of my favorite authors, Sarah Waters? She was on tour promoting her latest novel, The Paying Guests, which is amazing and you should totally read if you like historical novels with lesbians and a dash of crime. Who doesn’t? And look, here’s a photo of me and Sarah:
Over the past month, a few noteworthy things have popped up that I want to link to here. The Guardian, a UK newspaper and website, has featured my books twice this past month! First, in a wonderfully enthusiastic and spoiler-free review of Inheritance. Here’s a quote:
“This book may be the weirdest thing I’ve ever come across … but also the most thrilling and seriously OMG NO NO NO WHY THAT’S NOT RIGHT YOU STOP RIGHT NOW filled novel of the year so far.”
And then Ash was mentioned as “an evocative and compelling take on Cinderella” in an article about fairy tale retellings alongside the work of Neil Gaiman and Robin McKinley. (Robin McKinley! Another of my very favorite writers.) Here’s the piece: “And then the queen kissed the princess: fairytales get a modern makeover” (The Guardian).
One of the results of my travels this fall was talking to a high school student in Seattle who asked for recommendations of books about gay boys without gay angst. I told him I’d put together a list, and you can see that list here: Gay Without the Gay Angst (Diversity in YA). I’m putting together a list about lesbian/bisexual/queer girls in the near future.
Finally, last week We Need Diverse Books launched their IndieGogo campaign to raise money to fund their advocacy efforts. I’m not officially part of WNDB, although I’m honored to know many of the people involved in it. I contributed to their campaign today, and if you have the ability to donate even a few dollars, I urge you to support them. They’ve been doing so much great work, and I’m amazed that in the first five days they already raised almost 40% of their goal.
If you’re not familiar with WNDB, watch their campaign video here:
Join me in supporting We Need Diverse Books by contributing here!