Book News Wrap Up: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Every week, I write up on the book news that has happened during the week for Women Write About Comics.

This week

  • The Huffington Post predicts the YA 2015 trends
  • A blogger asks “Where Are All The Disabled Characters?”
  • Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) launches a new initiative
  • Finalists for the National Book Award’s Young People’s Literature are announced
  • We Need Diverse Books has created an award in Walter Dean Myers name

–A. A. Omer

Spotlight Read: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero.  Written by Gene Luen Yang. Drawn by Sonny Liew. July 15th 2014. First Second. Graphic Novel.In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of “American Born Chinese,” Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in “Shadow Hero,” a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

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Hale vs Harris, and the Breach of Online Ethics

Ardo Omer:

A solid piece.

Originally posted on Alex Hurst:

Over the last couple of days, fingers have been flying across keyboards all across the book industry in response to the October 18th article in the Guardian, titled Am I being catfished?’ An author confronts her number one online critic. If you have any ear turned towards author, book, or book blogger news, you’ve probably already been introduced to this story. Many prominent bloggers have thrown their weight into the ring, and what perhaps began as a largely “on the author’s side” argument, is now firmly in the realm of “what was she thinking?”

In case you aren’t aware of what happened, feel free to read the article above, or any of the others listed below. However, I will give a small play-by-play of the facts as well, for those that would like the gist. Just be mindful I’m not censoring for language.

  • On July 27th, 2013, a…

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“What If Someone Calls My Book Racist?”: Back To Basics Book Writing For Authors

I decided to go on a bit of a rant to discuss reviews that specifically call out a book for being racist, sexist, etc after seeing an author’s comments on Twitter re: the Hale situation. That author basically asked if she should just do nothing when someone accuses her book for being any of those things I mentioned. My answer? Check it out below:

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want To Start

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I started to get out of the series game because it was difficult to invest in so many of them or have your heart broken by a book that was great as a standalone but was actually, SURPRISE!, the beginning to a trilogy. I understand the need for some stories to span across multiple books but sometimes all you need is a great tale told in just one shot. I haven’t completely distanced myself from book series and there are some that I wouldn’t mind starting. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asks for ten new series (at least two years old) that we’d like to start. I don’t have many that fall under this category so I included some 2015 titles as well.

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