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Diversify Your Shelves ~ "Fanning The Embers Of Fact Into Fiery Fiction"

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FANNING THE EMBERS OF FACT INTO FIERY FICTION: How & Why I Write Historical YA Books Contributed By Guadalupe Garcia McCall   Historical fiction has always fascinated me. As a young reader, I remember sitting on a cushy winged-chair in a quiet, sunlit corner of the Eagle Pass Public Library getting...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"On the Limits and Possibilities of ‘Diversity’: Investigating Form and Content"

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On the Limits and Possibilities of ‘Diversity’: Investigating Form and Content by Shannon Gibney In graduate school, we had an epic battle over characters’ racial diversity/representation on the page, and craft. Some well-meaning white writers in workshop were including problematic depictions of characters of color in their stories – the “all-seeing,”...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"Finding Inspiration"

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Diversity in YA by Makiia Lucier Where do you find your story ideas?  It’s a question I’m asked from time to time, and the answer is always the same; I find them everywhere. In history books and old newspapers. On walks around the neighborhood and travel farther afield. By sitting in...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"Constructing a Healthier Masculinity"

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CONSTRUCTING A HEALTHIER MASCULINITY by Randy Ribay Growing up male in America, there were many damaging things I learned about being a man. Society taught me some of these things explicitly, while others were implicitly made clear through potential consequences that were a constant threatening undercurrent. The one I want to...
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Diversify Your Shelves--Ruse Cover Reveal!

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I am beyond thrilled to share the  RUSE  cover with you!! The cover art is by Jason Chan, and as much as I loved the  WANT  cover, I think my adoration of  RUSE  matches that!! Jason is an incredible artist, and I feel so lucky!! I think what I love most...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"Celebrating Asian American Genre Fiction"

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CELEBRATING ASIAN AMERICAN GENRE FICTION! May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Here are some recent titles by Asian American authors writing young adult speculative fiction and genre titles you can enjoy! Please let me know if you recommend any young adult genre titles by those from Pacific islands heritage in...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"A Brother's Presence"

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A Brother's Presence by Rin Chupeco I was six years old when I learned that I had an older brother I would never meet. Growing up in a slightly traditional Chinese family, we’re not used to expressing emotions and feelings. But it was clear that my mother’s miscarriage had cast a...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"My Process"

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My Process by Jen Wang   A) I draw with a mechanical pencil, 0.7 lead. Any pencil will do. I’ve had this one for six years! B) Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Brush, size 2. This is what I ink with. I went through about two of these brushes...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"When Our Stories Are Ugly"

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When Our Stories Are Ugly: #ownvoices As a Weapon Against Internalized Oppression by Sam J. Miller   When I started to tell my story, I knew that there would be trouble.    Months before my debut novel  The Art of Starving  came out,  people were upset about it. They saw the...
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Diversify Your Shelves: "Race-ing in the Effigies"

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Race-ing in the Effigies by Sarah Raughley   You know, it’s always cool to read letters from fans of the Effigies series who really appreciate the fact that the titular Effigies are from a racially diverse background - Maia being of mixed Jamaican-American descent, Chae Rin being Korean Canadian, Lake being...
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