Monday, July 7, 2014

Diverse Words: June 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!

Author Walter Dean Myers passed away on July 1.

Diversity in Writing

Diana Pho has a call for all creators of color interested in being on a panel at New York Comic Con.

At Disability in Kidlit, Kody Keplinger talks about the trope of the “beautiful tragedy.”

At Lightspeed, Mary Robinette Kowal talks with Ursula K. Le Guin, Pat Cadigan, Ellen Datlow, and Nancy Kress about women in science fiction.

At her blog, Vandana Singh has some musings on diversity in SF.

Kameron Hurley writes on sexism in ads, past and present.

Kate Elliott reposts her 2011 thoughts on writing SF that twists gender or culture.

Rose Lerner has ten tips for writing characters with accents.
(via @debnemeth )

John Chu talks about language over at Book Smugglers.

Diversity in Books

Rose Lemberg has some tips for editors on encouraging diversity.

Lee & Low talks about the integrated world of Swedish picture books.

David Levithan talks LGBTQ in YA books.
(via @diversityinya)

Elizabeth Bird at the New York Public Library posts a list of 2013 multicultural children’s books.

Debbie Reese has a response to those who say “All you do is complain” about representation in books.

At, Alex Dally MacFarlane talks about non-binary pronouns in SF.

Jared Shurin highlights some South African SF books.

Renay reports on coverage of women on SFF blogs.

LĂ©onicka Valciuso writes about the next steps in the conversation about diversity in publishing.
(via @onemoorebook)

At Gay YA, Sarah Harian writes about the importance of sexy lesbian YA and NA books.
(via @thejordache)

Aisha Saeed writes about finding a Ramadan display at her B&N, and the importance of being the change you want to see.

Diversity Outside Story

Maya Peterson was asked to resign as student body president after posting a photo mocking bigoted white male students at her school.

Mallory Ortberg has a response the ouster on The Toast.

At The Nation, Mychal Denzel Smith interviews Laverne Cox about justice for black trans women.

Foz Meadows writes on genderflipping, rhetoric and sexism.

Melissa McCarthy starts a clothing line after being passed over by designers for her size.

Colorlines reports on the culture of abuse in L.A. jails.

A number of 4chan users posed as straw feminists on Twitter.

A SWAT team severely injured a child in a crib with a flashbang grenade.
(via @tobiasbuckell)

Hate crimes during San Franscisco’s Pride.
(via @malindalo)

The U.S. Navy promoted its first female four-star general.
(via @leeandlow)

Stories Untold: Race, Representation, and Politics in Children’s and Young Adult Books an event at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, May 2014

(via @tubooks)

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