By Casey Wilson
A few links to take you into the weekend:
- Tamora Pierce’s novels are pretty beloved by some of us in the department (myself included) so I enjoyed reading this breakdown of a panel she was on at New York Comic Con, with Esther Friesner and Caitlin Kittredge. Their panel was called “Girls Kick Butt: Strong Female Heroines in Young Adult Fantasy” and the write up describes how they go about creating their heroines. Although I am not as familiar with the other two writers as I am with Pierce, they all have smart things to say on the subject.
- You may have heard about the National Book Award brouhaha, in which Lauren Myracle’s Shine was announced as a finalist by mistake; after a few days of dithering, the NBA asked Myracle to remove herself from the nomination list to “preserve the integrity of the award”. Vanity Fair has an interview with Myracle about her experience, and Libba Bray (who is married to Myracle’s agent) has a rant about how the situation was handled.
- Salon offers “Why teens should read adult fiction”, in which the notion of protecting teens is shunted aside. That last sentence, though…it’s an interesting one.
- Lemony Snicket shares 13 observations about Occupy Wall Street.
- From The Rejectionist comes a mad-lib for writing an article about YA literature.
- And finally, author Catherine Fisher has been named the Young People’s Laureate in Wales, the first time that distinction has been given.
Casey is a PhD student, who hopes you all will be at the EGO Conference this weekend!