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Book Riot Live 2016

One of my favorite conventions happened this past weekend, and most of you probably haven’t heard of it. Book Riot Live is a rather small reader convention held annually in New York City. It’s run by the people behind Book Riot—a website for book reviews, podcasts, and online community. Despite its small size and lack of superstar authors, Book Riot Live really impressed me with its welcoming environment, smooth organization, and thoughtful panels.

Jackson Bird moderates while Tara Clancy, Jade Chang, and Negin Farsad talk about using humor in their writing.
Jackson Bird moderates while Tara Clancy, Jade Chang, and Negin Farsad talk about using humor in their writing.

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Diverse Discussions at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Before attending the Brooklyn Book Festival this summer, I had never attended a true book festival. The closest thing I could compare this to would be BEA/BookCon—the publishing industry event that I and several other Geekettes have been attending together for the past two years. Of course, there are differences between BookCon and BKBF. Most obviously (and sadly), while the books at BookCon are free, most of the books on display at BKBF must be purchased if you want to get them signed and take them home with you—although I did manage to score a free ARC of a book called Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler. Perhaps a more important difference, though, was in the content of the panels and choice of panelists.


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Download Some Free Feminist Sci-Fi!

Rewire coverAh, three of my favorite words: feminist, sci-fi, and free. What could be better than each of these? All three together, of course! While at the Brooklyn Book Festival last weekend, I heard about this awesome opportunity to score some free e-books.

Nicole Quinn is the author of a new science fiction series called The Gold Stone Girl. The third book in the series, Rewire, is being released today! In celebration of her new release, Quinn is making her first two books available to download for free from Amazon for five days, starting now! Continue reading Download Some Free Feminist Sci-Fi!

1000th Post: What It Means To Be A Geekette

In honor of our 1000th post (HOW AMAZING IS THAT???), we wanted to bring together our writers, and talk about what being a Geekette means to each of us.

For me (Sarah), being a Geekette isn’t just about being a geek. It’s about working to bring IMG_4700all kinds of people together, regardless of gender, sex, orientation, race, etc., and creating a space where every one can feel like a part of the community we all love so much. Four of us came together with one goal in mind with this website: to break down the boundaries women face in the geek world. But I think that the term “Geekette” has come to mean so much more than that.  It’s about creating a community in itself, and including all people who want to be included, and repecting all people around us.

Here’s what the rest of the Geekette team thinks!

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BookCon Discusses Diversity

Last year, BookCon’s initial line-up provoked a serious outcry regarding the lack of diversity in publishing. This movement grew into a grassroots organization called We Need
Diverse Books that has been working endlessly over the past year to promote diversity, especially in children’s books. One year later, it is clear that these efforts have not been in vain. Diversity was a hot topic at both Book Expo America and BookCon this year. The two events featured at least four panels directly addressing diversity between them. Unfortunately, I was only able to make it to one of these: BookCon’s Saturday morning panel, “We Need Diverse Books Presents In Our World and Beyond.” This panel discussed diversity in the abstract and its relation to the genres of science fiction and fantasy. The panel was introduced by VP of outreach for WNDB, Miranda Paul, and speakers included Saga Press editor Joe Monti as well as authors Daniel José Older, Kameron Hurley, Ken Liu, Marieke Nijkamp, and Nnedi Okorafor.  Highlights from the panel are given below:

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An Overview of BEA and BookCon 2015

Book Expo America 2015, a convention for members of the publishing industry, took place on Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29. Authors, booksellers, bloggers, educators, and more gather to network, attend panels and signings, and pick up lots and lots of free books. BookCon was started last year as a continuation of the event but open to the public and more geared to the interests of non-professionals in the world of books. This year’s BEA event was very special for us, since it was the largest gathering of DG writers to date! Here are some of our impressions of the event: Continue reading An Overview of BEA and BookCon 2015

My Steampunk Tour of Barcelona

Traveling is a great way to learn new things. When you go to another part of the world you can have all kinds of new experiences and encounter different perspectives from other cultures. But it can be hard, especially on a whirlwind tour of multiple countries, to get below the surface and really learn something about the place you are visiting beyond the cut-and-paste speeches of a typical tour guide. Luckily, this past spring while I was traveling Europe, I was fortunate enough to have my own personalized tour of Barcelona, Spain—and I have the steampunk community to thank for that!

My outside Barcelona's steampunk and lolita boutique Madame Chocolat
Me outside Barcelona’s steampunk and Lolita boutique, Madame Chocolat

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Do We Need Likable Characters? A Geekette Debate

Kayla: Recently, I was middleman to a screaming match between my mother and my sister. My sister has recently taken to a TV show called Shameless, which my mother abhors because not a single character is a good person. I have not watched this show, so I have no opinion on it either way, but it got me thinking about the “likable character” debate. I asked my fellow Geekettes what they thought, and here’s what they had to say:
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Goodreads Challenge!

Hello Geekettes! Are you doing the Goodreads challenge?

For those of you who don’t know Goodreads, it’s a social network site that connects readers through the books they read. Commonly referred to as Facebook for readers.

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Writers and readers here are getting pumped up for 2015! Here are our goals:

Sarah: Read 50 books!

Kayla: Read 75 books!

Deanna: Read 25 books!

Megan: Read 36 books!

Julia: Read 50 books!

Carly: Read 100 books!

Kim: Read 30 books!

Lexi: Read 45 books!

What’s your goal for books to read this year? Comment below!

Rowling’s Riddle: Solution and Funniest Fan Attempts

For those of you who are not on Twitter (or for some bizarre reason are not following J.K. Rowling), you may have been wondering why the internet suddenly exploded over our favorite magical author. Is a new Harry Potter book coming out? Have our dreams finally come true?

Not quite. But something almost as good: Around this time last year, J.K. Rowling announced that she would be expanding the Harry Potter universe with a film about Newt Scamander entitled “Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Over the past year, Rowling has been working on writing the screenplay for this film, but she’s been rather quiet about it since the original announcement. Until now.

Early Monday morning, Rowling tweeted a cryptic anagram relating to the screenplay. By Tuesday afternoon, industrious fans had solved the riddle. But before the solution was found, fans all over Twitter were sharing their unsuccessful but often hilarious attempts.

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