This is a fantastic overview and it includes The Summer Prince by Alaya
Johnson which is still the only YA book I’ve ever seen with a black bisexual character.
Andria was interviewed by one of the Charleston news stations about our book donation drive and this entire piece is really thoughtful and well done.
yay book people!
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex … and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a…
Love this book so much!! Please read it!!!
Thursday evening an editor at Vice.com invited me to share comments with her regarding the discussion of sexism in Andrew Smith’s comments in their interview. She sent me a few questions and I answered them. Just now, she posted her article with comments from myself and a few other interested…
“I regret nothing I’ve said or done in the past week.
I will not stop talking.
I am not afraid.”
I want to highlight what Tessa says at the end of this post because I am with her. I will NOT stop talking about systemic problems in our society and I am NOT afraid. I have gotten hate mail, threats, and other unprintable commentary for simply taking a stand on an age old problem. I have received subtly worded emails taking me to task for my public opinions on sexism. This I find interesting. I have received hate and racist email for my position on racism, but I’ve Never received emails chiding me for being too vocal about racism before. But on sexism and taking issue with what a white male has to say, I’m receiving a lot of disapproval? I find this incredulous.
If a woman had said #IHaveWritten10NovelsAssholesGetALife in a public tweet, she would have been crucified by the internet. But the same people who were all outraged and created Keep YA Kind, have been noticeably silent over the evidence that a white man may not be as nice and kind as they wished him to be. Furthermore, during a panel on diversity, he dismissively and condescendingly put down the efforts of women of color who were discussing how much time and effort they put into writing their stories and getting it right. His response was to say they work too hard and he just writes what he wants to write. Let that sink in for a moment. It answers a lot of questions doesn’t it?
I am less interested in pointing my fingers at one man and more interested in dissecting the system that keeps sexism in place. Why so much benefit of the doubt when it comes to the words and actions of a white male? Why so much offense and protection? There is no doubt that if Andrew Smith had been a woman or a person of color, the reaction he received would have been FAR different. Consider that for a moment. When your golden boy shows that he isn’t perfect, do you rush to his defense or do you recognize that he is human with human failings? Because what I’ve seen is typical of how we treat men in society. It starts young where we pander to men and make them feel superior to women in all ways. It is reinforced by our media and our television and film representations, where we tell high school boys that their futures are more important than those of girls. When our society causes girls to be shamed of their bodies and their sexuality but glorifies men. Don’t fool yourself into thinking this isn’t all related. Because it all is. And we need to keep these discussions going or nothing will ever change.
The shortlist for the BSFA Awards 2014 has been announced and one of the six stories we published last year is on it!
We are pleased and proud to announce that The Mussel Eater by Octavia Cade has been shortlisted for a BSFA Award in the Best Short Story Category. Congratulations, Octavia!
The BSFA awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction
Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years –
members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon
(3-6 April 2015). They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the
most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of
science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all
that contemporary science fiction has to offer.
You can check out the entire shortlist here and read The Mussel Eater on The Book Smugglers.
For now, we shall go and celebrate this incredible turn of events!