Monday, April 28, 2014

Diverse Words: April 2014

Diversity is a major topic of discussion in publishing, and so Diverse Words is a monthly link round-up that will highlight some conversations going on in publishing and beyond.

This segment is a work in process, so suggestions are always welcome!

Diversity in Writing

Daniel José Older has an essay on BuzzFeed about why Diversity Is Not Enough.

Over at SF Signal, Elizabeth Bear talks on Writing Disability.

At The Root, Jenée Desmond-Harris answers Should a Black Writer Write White Characters? (via @tubooks)

Kate Messner writes about Owning Our Words. (via @djbray)

At, Alex Dally MacFarlane discusses Writing Without Revealing Gender.

At her blog, Malinda Lo discusses Should White People Write About People of Color?

Diversity in Books

Ellen Oh posts that on being No longer the model minority.

At Cynsations, Joseph Bruchac writes about being told “You Don’t Look Indian.”

Justina Ireland has an open letter to conference planners: Please, No More Token Diversity Panels.

Crossed Genres, a speculative fiction magazine with a focus on underrepresented groups, is holding a Kickstarter that ends soon.

Zetta Elliott re-posts her 2010 essay on white privilege in publishing.

At YA Interrobang, they feature author Susan Kuklin and her non-fiction book Beyond Magenta, featuring the stories of transgender teens.

After a discussion at Medieval POC about white revisionist history, N.K. Jemisin wrote a think piece of Confirmation Bias, Epic Fantasy, and You.

Saladin Ahmed posts about the Forgotten Heroines of Pre-Code Comics.

At Qulture, Camilla Green writers about the rise of Arab/Muslim science fiction. (via @saladinahmed)

Malinda Lo and Laurie Halse Anderson write about the “John Greenification” of YA marketing and its implications.

Over at Media Diversified UK, Shane Thomas talks about “Game of Thrones and Genre Fiction’s Race Problem.” (via Racialicious)

In case you missed it elsewhere, Ashley Strickland has an article on CNN about diversity in YA.

Sarah McCarry tells white publishing people How to Publish Writers of Color.

Juliet McKenna writes about Reviews, Reviewing, Reviewers and Gender. (via @kateelliottsff)

Foz Meadows writes on women in geekdom.

Kameron Hurley writes about True Detective’s Men & Monsters.

Invisible, an e-anthology of essays about why representation in SFF matters, is now available.

Janelle Asselin wants to talk about How Some Men Talk to Women in Comics. (via @lilithsaintcrow)

At the Teen Librarian Toolbox, they ask What’s in a Name? Diversity and Discrimination in YA Lit.

Rose Lemberg writers On the Pitfalls of “Merit.”

Over at Book Riot, Rebecca Joines Schinsky writes that Readers Deserve Better than BookCon. (via @runwithskizzers)

Diversity Beyond Story

Former baseball player Doug Glanville writes “I Was Racially Profiled in my Own Driveway.”

Walt Hickey has the Dollar-and-Cents Case Against Hollywood’s Exclusion of Women over at FiveThirtyEight.

Kari Sperring writes about the quiet women that history ignores. (via @kateelliottsff)

Cory Doctorow and Christopher E Smith write about the Violent Official American Racism of Stop-and-Frisk. (via @nalo_hopkinson)

Over at American Indians in Children’s Literature, Debbie Reese reports about American Indian Graduation Rates and Stereotypical Images On and Off the Field.

On The Toast, Mallory Ortberg quotes some Suffragettes Who Sucked. (via @Karnythia)

At New Republic, Esther Breger says that TV Needs to Stop Treating Mental Illness as a Superpower.

What equal access and opportunity in science means to Neil deGrasse Tyson:

(via @nkjemisin)

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