An interesting post (part three of a series) considering what we know and know we know, what we know without realizing, what we know we don’t know, and what we don’t know we don’t know. Alias thought-provoking look at cultural sensitivity and diversity in response to Malinda Lo’s posts on YA novel reviewing.
Nina Lindsay’s article on the 2015 Youth Media Awards. Just awesome.
On an annoying, prevalent idea of female beauty (cue Certain Vampire Novel) (also, cue Certain Boy Band Song), and what makes this blogger feel beautiful – not always what makes her look beautiful.
Debbie Reese’s open letter to David Arnold. author of Mosquitoland concerning, amongst other things, the misrepresentation of Indigenous people. She brings up very important points that need to be heard by everyone.
Terry Pratchett, author of the fantastic Discworld series, passes away at 66.
In an interview, Andrew Smith recently admitted that he isn’t able to write female characters properly because women are such a mystery to him. This blogger talks about why this is problematic.
Seventh-graders made a 90-second video of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief. Very funny but please DO NOT WATCH unless you have already read the book.
Hardcover, 416 pages Published March 3rd 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Source: ARC from Publisher As is often the case with me, I found The Winner’s Crime to be a much more compelling read, exploring in greater depth gender portrayal and court politics than its predecessor, The Winner’s Curse. As this is a review of the […]
TTT is by The Broke and the Bookish. I … am not sure if they mean memories in books, or memories about books, so I guess we’ll just do a combination of both? Nafiza Memories, hmm. Hmmmmm….. Finding an absolutely brand new copy of Plain Kate by Erin Bow in a thrift store. This may not seem […]
Neil Gaiman, storyteller extraordinaire, released two Fairy Tale retellings recently (October 2014, I believe) and I thought as my last post in fairy tale retellings month that I’d take a quick look at them. First, his retelling of Hansel and Gretel which is beautifully illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti. I found this book absolutely swept away by […]
(Weirdly, I couldn’t find a synopsis to go with this cover. But the tagline and the mirror leads me to believe a Snow White retelling?) Janet: So I hate the tagline. And I’m not much impressed by the cover, although the broken mirror glass is kinda cool. Buuut this is written by Donna Jo Napoli. So […]
Predating Bram Stoker’ Dracula, Carmilla is the ultimate gothic vampire tale—stylish, menacing, sensual, and spellbinding You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman […]
Your Roving Reporter once again reports in. This past Monday, VPL (Central branch) hosted “Pen and Sword: The Author’s Journey in Writing Swordfights,” an event put on by Academie Duello and VISS (Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium). For this event, four authors who took up swordplay, however briefly, spoke about pursuing an art in order to benefit […]
The Humming Room Hardcover, 192 pages Published February 28th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Personal Copy The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was first published in serial format before being collected as a novel in 1911. Though not initially popular, The Secret Garden rose in the ranks of literature for children in the past century and is […]
The prolific Donna Jo Napoli has authored dozens of books for children, from picture books to young adult novels, and has harboured a particular passion for retellings of fairy tales. She fashions a fascinating version of the Rapunzel story in her young adult novel Zel, which retains the plot of the Brothers Grimm tale while […]
Two years ago, I did a post on fan culture, about how much I love identifying as a fangirl and how fun it is to use that word as a verb. Thanks to a very thoughtful comment, I’ve long intended to do a follow-up post on the “dark side” of fandoms … I think that time […]