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So important. I remember watching this scene when it originally aired. Whew. (And loved what see-linewoman explained about why this kinda Black media is no longer on the air.)

I miss this show.

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Sep 29




We might have mentioned before how much we love science fiction, and the fact that this year’s summer reading theme is Science. Actually: Science!! It needs an exclamation point. 

So, we’ve put together a really, really, incredibly huge booklist (working title? The Hive) for fans of science and fantasy fiction - and we added a little something extra, since, if you’re anything like us, when you love reading a genre, you love to watch films and shows, and play video games, in that same genre. 

And if you’re playing Reading Bingo this summer with us for Summer Reading - or if you’re planning to take part in our Summer Fling (With a Book)! matchmaking program - then these books will definitely see you through summer and beyond!

Fun Fact: “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris is the book True Blood is based on.

I love pickeringtonlibrary and their readers’ advisory graphics, but I also love debating genre. 

And I would have to say that Dead Until Dark is NOT paranormal romance. 

It’s Urban Fantasy. 

I’d say most romance (and paranormal romance) is written in third person and has a happily ever after. But what most readers find so appealing in the Sookie Stackhouse books is the close first person narration of the lovable telepathic waitress and the fact that there is so much turmoil in Sookie’s love life. And definitely no happily ever after for the relationship at the core of the series. 

My go-to recs for fans of the series are the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. For YA, I’d suggest The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. 

I have had many conversations with booksellers and librarians about paranormal romance versus urban fantasy and the readership of these types of books, and people have varying opinions. I’m personally biased because urban fantasy is my favorite kind of “junk food” reading and Sookie is my favorite, but I haven’t ever found a paranormal romance I’ve enjoyed. 

I still love Pickerington :) 

Reblogging for some of the title suggestions


Keeping tabs on the debut YA novels out this year? 

Here’s a roundup of September’s debut YA novels. 

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Girls shouldn’t fear for their lives when they’re just living them. Girls who are impassioned about their worlds, who want nothing more than to engage with their world, learn about that world, build empathy for this place and the people around them, who use their knowledge and their passion to give voice to their beliefs shouldn’t worry about their bodies—or their lives—being at stake for doing so.

And yet, because we’re asking for and raising our voices without waiting for permission to do so, it happens.

Kelly Jensen (catagator), Advocating for and Writing About Girls is a Radical Act

Make sure you read that. Make sure you share it so other people will too. And don’t miss reading and sharing these posts either:

Author Sarah McCarry (sarahmccarry) - Pleasure Principles

Author Laura Ruby (thatlauraruby) - AO Scott Would Like Another Harvey Wallbanger Please

Author Anne Ursu (anneursu) - On Poisoned Apples, the “Great YA Debate” and the Death of the Patriarchy

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3 upcoming titles from Roaring Brook Press, including a new Marcus Sedgwick and the sequel to Tin Star (2015)

Sep 28

Kelsey scans the wall of T-shirts in Five Below, one of the few stores to qualify as “quirky” in this conservative part of western Michigan. “Let’s Have a Party,” a shirt reads, near displays of body glitter and $5 leggings. “Warning: Prone to Shenanigans,” reads another, and after less than a minute, it’s clear the store doesn’t have what Kelsey is looking for, because no place ever does, at least not around here.

“I think I might have to make you a gay shirt,” Kelsey’s friend Kahri offers as they walk out of the store. “Or not a gay shirt, but — you know.”


What Kelsey Beckham really wants is a shirt that communicates something very specific about its wearer. Not about gayness, or anything to do with sexual orientation, but about gender. A shirt that says the wearer is something many people aren’t familiar with: Not a he. Not a she. Not a male transitioning to a female, or a female transitioning to a male. A shirt explaining that Kelsey, 18, doesn’t identify with any gender at all.

Kelsey’s gender identity is “non-binary.” Or, “agender.” It’s what Kelsey feels comfortable with, even though the world keeps insisting, in a million little ways, that Kelsey has to choose. Like the OkCupid profile some friends are always suggesting Kelsey create online. When Kelsey looked at the matchmaking site’s opening screen, it presented an immediate problem: “I am a [male/female].”

Which box do you check when you don’t belong in any box? How do you navigate the world when the world is built on identifying with one group or another group, male or female, and the place that feels most right to you is neither?

When No Gender Fits: A Quest To Be Seen As Just A Person | Monica Hesse for the Washington Post

In case you missed it, this was on the literal front page of the Washington Post last week, and it might be one of the best pieces of journalism I’ve ever seen on agender identity. You won’t regret reading the whole thing. 

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“Our profession does - and should - revolve around talent. Publishers and agents unearth the best writers and illustrators. Correct. It should be about the story and the voice and the characters. But why are so many of these characters white, straight, able-bodied and middle class? Malorie did not say there are too many white faces in children’s books but I will. There, I just did. Put that on Sky News.”

—James Dawson, We Must Overcome Selfish Fears

Read the whole speech. It’s brilliant.

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