Monday, October 6, 2014

Diverse Words: September 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 continually a work in process, so suggestions are always welcome!

Diversity in Writing

On the runup to NaNoWriMo, Marieke Nijkamp talks about why #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

BuzzFeed and Columbia have a investigative journalism fellowship open for journalists of color.

An author changed her name from Preeti Singh to Pat Smith on queries and found she got more responses to her manuscript.

Sarah at Bookworm Blues writes about the language of disability. 

Diversity in Books

Banned Books Week was Sept. 21-27, and Malinda Lo considers the types of banning that don’t get spoken of.

Lo also highlights how the majority of banned books are diverse.

As part of Banned Books Week, Kristin Pekoll writes about why gay characters matter.

At the Huffington Post, Valerie Tejeda interviews 7 Hispanic authors for Hispanic Heritage Month and talks about why “We Need Diverse Books.”

Noah Berlatsky asks where we should bury dead literary giants.

Laura Reiko Simeon writes on gender ambiguity in Swedish picture books.

Publishers Weekly’s latest survey shows the lack of diversity in publishing companies.

Daniel José Older started a petition to replace the bust of H.P. Lovecraft for the World Fantasy Award with Octavia Butler. In response to NPR’s reporting on it, Older posted a Storify On NPR, Erasure and Translation of POC Voices.

Lamar Giles posts on io9 on how to find more diversity in pop culture.

Writers of Color recommend books by writers of color.

Diversity Outside Story

Protests continue in Ferguson, MO and police continue to ignore Justice Department orders.

Students are protesting in Hong Kong to enact more political change.

Teachers and students march in Mexico to protest neoliberal reforms.

The Daily Show had a segment where they talked with Redsk*ns fans and Native Americans who oppose the name (petition here). What was little reported on was the threats and harassment that came from fans.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes How Racism Invented Race.

E. Alex Jung analyzes the presented sexuality of male Asian TV characters.

Jesse Williams reports on the unjust killing of John Crawford.

Pediatrician Marsha Griffin reports on the realities of the children and families crossing into the US from Mexico.

Aya de Leon reports on two murdered teens who were sex workers.

When a transgirl was fined by her Rio de Janeiro school for wearing a skirt, the boys in class responded by all wearing skirts to school.

Emily Quinn talks about being intersex and her work on MTV’s “Faking It” and its intersex character.

Julie Sondra Decker responds to the responses to her Salon piece on asexuality.

An article in the New York Times about Shonda Rhimes drew criticism for racism. Willa Paskin on Slate and Alex Abad-Santos on Vox report.

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1 comment:

  1. The "Why Gay Characters Matter" really rang true for me. I *wasn't* exposed to much LGBT lit as a child or teen, and it took me years to come to terms with my bisexuality as a result.
    Thanks for always doing these diversity posts, Amy. So many good resources!