Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day as well as the “Day without a Woman” protest arranged by the organizers of the Women’s March. March as a whole is also Women’s History Month. In honor of these events, I thought I would share with you lovely readers some of my favorite female activist authors. Some were authors first, some activists first, but all deserve to be celebrated. Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors
In Real Life tells the story of two best friends, Nick and Hannah, who have been best friends since eighth grade, but never met in person. Now it’s spring break of their senior year, and Nick’s band is picked to play a concert at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, and Hannah decides to go on an impulsive road trip with her sister Grace and friend Lo, and surprise Nick at his concert. Things don’t quite go according to plan when it becomes clear that Nick has kept a couple things secret, and Hannah has to try and reconcile the Nick she has grown so close to, with the Nick right in front of her.
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.
In January, an organization known as We Need Diverse Books challenged readers to promote diversity in literature by making New Year’s resolutions to read diverse books. They described diverse books as “books where people of color can be first-page HEROES rather than second-class citizens. Books in which LGBTQIA characters can represent social CHANGE rather than social problems. And books where people with disabilities can be just…people.” I joined their challenge, pledging to read at least fifteen diverse books in the year 2015. And just a few weeks ago, I fulfilled my pledge, with plenty of time left over to read even more! Continue reading Meeting My ‘We Need Diverse Books’ New Year’s Resolution
It was hard for me to pick just one book from BEA and BookCon that I was most excited about, but Daniel José Older’s newest YA novel Shadowshaper was high on the list. I’ve followed Older (@djolder) on Twitter for a while now, but other than some of his essays in places like Buzzfeed, I had never really read much of his writing. When I saw that he was going to be a part of the We Need Diverse Books panel at BookCon, shortly followed by a signing, I knew that would be my top priority for the day. And I am glad I made that decision, because getting a copy of Shadowshaper was absolutely worth it.
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: