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Industry Week Guest Blog: Anna Mickelsen

I’m not a young adult librarian, but I’m a longtime reader of young adult fiction, particularly stories that feature lesbian characters. As a reader, I can confirm that we’ve come a long way since the days of having to (as recently described by Mary at Queer Books Please) scour mainstream books for some hint of [...]

By | June 12th, 2013|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Industry Week Guest Blog: Anna Mickelsen

Industry Week Guest Blog: Erin Daly

Being a teen is painful. You’re no longer a kid, you’re not yet an adult, and no matter who you are, you’re not quite sure it’s okay to be yourself.  In library school we learned about the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets for Teens, which tells us that an extra caring adult in the community, someone [...]

By | June 11th, 2013|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Industry Week Guest Blog: Erin Daly

Industry Week Guest Blog: Amy Stern

One of my favorite ways to discuss diverse literature is with the concept of "mirrors and windows"- which is to say, some books will reflect one's experience, while others will open the reader to a new perspective.  Mitali Perkins describes it well here. A lot of times, I see people misusing it as a dichotomy; [...]

By | June 10th, 2013|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Industry Week Guest Blog: Amy Stern

Guest Blog by E.M. Kokie

By the time this post goes up we will know who won the Lambda Literary Award in all twenty-three categories in which it is given, including the winner for Children’s/YA LGBT Fiction.  In announcing the finalists for this year’s award, the Lambda Literary Foundation explained that for the fourth year in a row there was [...]

By | June 9th, 2013|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on Guest Blog by E.M. Kokie

Guest Blog: James from Book Chic Club

I was absolutely thrilled when Gay YA asked me to write a guest blog for their fantastic site (though baffled as to why they asked me- I’m just a regular blogger), and then even more thrilled that they gave me a second chance after I completely spaced on the deadline. Sorry about that, guys! So [...]

By | June 8th, 2013|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Guest Blog: James from Book Chic Club

Marriage Equality is Only One Step

Author Guest Blog: Catherine Ryan Hyde I’m not sure how many people are aware of the fact that I just published an ebook sequel to my 2006 LGBT YA novel Becoming Chloe. It’s called Always Chloe and Other Stories. This time Jordy gets to have a boyfriend. Actually, a husband. Jordy reunites with his old [...]

By | June 6th, 2013|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on Marriage Equality is Only One Step

Author Guest Blog: Zoe Marriott

In summer 2010 I had the best idea. It was one of those times when it feels as if the universe has just lobbed a gift directly into your brain, and within minutes I was madly scribbling down notes. The notes, which can still be found on a page in one of my notebooks, look [...]

By | June 4th, 2013|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on Author Guest Blog: Zoe Marriott

The Grey of Gender: Intersex and Gender Variant/Non-Binary Characters in YA

Author Guest Blog: Laura Lam Caveat: What I reveal about characters in Pantomime does somewhat “spoil” a “twist” that is revealed 20% into Pantomime. Some people have enjoyed being surprised, but if you’d prefer to read the book without knowing, please skip this post! I will say that I don’t think knowing this going in [...]

By | June 3rd, 2013|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on The Grey of Gender: Intersex and Gender Variant/Non-Binary Characters in YA

AWAKE: A YA Anthology for the Trevor Project

When I approached Mark Probst, owner of Cheyenne Publishing, about releasing a young adult book for charity, I did so with no clear idea of what to expect—only a vision of the end result as my guide. To my delight, Mark was enthusiastic: if I could organize the authors, he would take on the book [...]

By | May 17th, 2013|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on AWAKE: A YA Anthology for the Trevor Project

Guest Blog: Shaun Hutchinson

I was having a conversation with an author whose first book comes out next year, and he was worried that his book, written from a female point of view, wouldn't be well received because he's a man.  We got onto the topic of writing gay characters and having gay protagonists, and he said something that [...]

By | May 16th, 2013|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on Guest Blog: Shaun Hutchinson