Dusting off the Blog

February 19, 2018

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As the dust settles from ALAMW and the Youth Media Awards it continues to rage around sexual exploitation and shootings. I can’t help but include along with the acts perpetrated by authors, editor, publishers and artists in power those materials those materials that are created for our children. Books and movies give others access to […]

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February Releases

February 6, 2018

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American Panda by Gloria Chao (Simon Pulse) ages 12-18 Debut Author A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents’ expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths–that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to […]

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Interview: Ronald L. Smith

January 26, 2018

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I remember when you debuted with Hoodoo! It seems like just last year, but that was back in 2015. What have you been doing since then? Well, I’ve been adjusting to the life of a full-time writer. It’s not as easy and productive as one might think. It takes a lot of discipline, and every […]

Give Away Those Books

January 25, 2018


I spent my morning on the road delivering books to high school librarian, Jennifer Smith at Sullivan High School. I’d previously shared books with Kelaine Harman, the Corporation Library Media Specialist for Washington Community Schools. I’d found these librarians through our state school librarian list serv when I was looking for school with certified librarians […]

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Julius Lester (1939-2018)

January 19, 2018

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“Story is not something we tell; story is who we are.” ~Julius Lester Doesn’t it feel like January is too soon for death? Really, stories end all the time. While I never met Julius Lester, knowing him online gave me one of the most profound online experiences I’ve had. I’d had brief exchanges with him […]

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author interview: NoNieqa Ramos

January 15, 2018

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I’m slowly, slowly getting back to full on blogging and can think of no better way to jump back in than by sharing an interview with debut author NoNieqa Ramos. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary (Carolrhoda Lab) releases on 1 Feb 2018. Since I haven’t been able to read it just yet, here’s the publisher provide synopsis. “Macy’s […]

Second Tuesday Serials: Speculative Fiction

January 9, 2018


Rather than providing a review today, I thought it would be a good time to list speculative fiction serials, series or even companion novels by IPOC authors. I think I’ve omitted any series with a 2017 release which means there are a few really good series not mention! And, there are some of which I’m […]

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GLBTRT 50th Anniversary Tshirt Design Contest

January 8, 2018

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In honor of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table’s 50th Anniversary coming in 2020, the GLBTRT Fund Raising Committee will be selling t-shirts and your help is needed to create them! There are TWO days left to enter. The Fund Raising Committee will be accepting t-shirt design submissions from GLBTRT members and supporters […]

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January 7, 2018

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  These cold, snowy, dark days are forcing me to slow down, re-assess and consider a new plan for a new year. We’re almost two weeks into the new year and two decades into the 21st century. How is my world and my world perspective changing? Twenty years ago, I was a brown haired, struggling […]