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Review: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman

by Jennifer Polish Cover page for A Harvest of Ripe Figs, by Shira Glassman. A red parchment-esque background behind a violin, its bow, and several purple figs, one of which is sliced in half, its lush red insides facing the front. Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach’s Sweetheart, a young and beautiful [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Book Review|Comments Off on Review: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Description

by Zac Brewer I have to admit, I may have squealed a little when I read the email inviting me to write a piece for Gay YA. It’s an honor to be included, to feel like my voice matters, on the subject of being queer. Growing up, there wasn’t really any YA to speak of [...]

By | June 25th, 2016|Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016|Comments Off on Don’t Judge A Book By Its Description

Latinx Gay YA

by Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez There remains a great need for Latinx Gay young adult literature. The list below is a compilation of texts that center and complicate these experiences. I’ve decided to make this list a space dedicated to stories written by self-identifying Latinx authors who have created gay Latinx protagonists. There are certainly [...]

By | June 12th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Lists, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Latinx Gay YA

Promoting LGBTQIA+ YA: A Publicist’s POV

  by Jamie Tan As a publicist, I’m used to being gregarious or quiet, adapting to whichever author I’m with. I’ve sat quietly with authors, filled up space with small talk so an author could have a moment of rest, and leaned back while an author took the floor. I’m here to be supportive, but [...]

By | June 10th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Promoting LGBTQIA+ YA: A Publicist’s POV

There was, there is/it was, it is

There was a girl. There was a girl who loved to read and read and read. There was a girl who loved to read and read and read but hated it sometimes but she couldn’t tell why. There was a teen. There was a teen who watched too much tv but still found time to [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on There was, there is/it was, it is

A Learning Journey

As a librarian and a blogger, I want to be able to purchase, read and promote excellent books. The first step is finding those books. That would seem easy enough, but I also want to make sure that I’m finding a wide range of quality stories providing windows and mirrors for readers. This is where [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on A Learning Journey

Being Queer, Being Latino and Being a Reader: One of Many Latinx Narratives.

by Joseph Jess Many of us know how hard it is to find queer fiction, that is why we search the depths of the internet for it, blog about it and even write it. If you read enough of the queer fiction out there you will notice that the vast majority of it centers around [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on Being Queer, Being Latino and Being a Reader: One of Many Latinx Narratives.

Seeking the Non-privileged Gaze

by Andrew Karre I don’t think a day goes by in kidlit where we’re not in one way or another reminded of the importance of #ownvoices in telling the stories of historically underrepresented, oppressed, and marginalized people. Many authors and critics have been more articulate on that point than I can be—often on this very blog--and [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Seeking the Non-privileged Gaze

Let’s Talk: What is Easy and What is True?

by Adriana L. I try to avoid using the bathroom when I'm on campus. As a student employee and part-time student—someone who can expect to stay on campus for anywhere from four to eight hours on any given day—this is a pretty ambitious feat. Some days, it's just not feasible. True, there are a few [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on Let’s Talk: What is Easy and What is True?

Truth in Fantasy and LGBT Heroes

by Andrew J. Peters I don’t know how I got into writing fantasy exactly. I certainly didn’t follow the popular advice: write what you know. My books tend to involve ancient world settings and characters from myth. Not much from my everyday experience to draw on there. I guess it’s been a matter of what [...]

By | October 12th, 2015|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on Truth in Fantasy and LGBT Heroes