Monday, June 1, 2015

Diverse Words: May 2015

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

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a PEN lecure about how writers need to reject fear.

John Hansen talks addressing friendship in books about queer protagonists.

Libertad Araceli Thomas takes about the “reasons” writers give for excluding queer character.

Diversity in Publishing

Nathaniel Harrington at Gay YA looks at LGBTQIA+ character representation by gender and genre.

At NPR, Ellen Oh and Daniel José Older talk #WeNeedDiverseBooks at BEA one year later.

Book Smugglers had a round table of authors talking about diversity in publishing.

Roxane Gay talks about how these conversations still have to keep happening.

Nicola Griffith reports on how books about women don’t win awards.

Publishers Weekly asked some of the publishing community what they want in LGBTQ Publishing.

The New York Times summer reading list was all white this year.

Disability in Kidlit had a series of discussions for mental illness week.

Diversity Outside Story

Kaye M. writes on The Toast about her experiences starting #YesAllWomen a year ago.

okayafrica. reports on the “Dandy Queens” editorial in Black Attitude magazine.

Four female comics artists talk about their profession and work.
(via shing yin khor)

Omar Khadr talks about growing up as a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay.

Pia Glenn talks about why we should #CancelCrazy.

Armed white supremacist bikers threaten an Arizona mosque in “protest.”

The Hollywood Reporter had a roundtable of actresses talking about sexism and their experiences in the industry.

Native Hawaiians criticize the movie “Aloha.”

Denver Comic Con had a all-male women in comics panel.

Sarah Wong talks about her portrait series of trans children.

Michael B. Jordan talks about taking on racism when taking on the role of The Human Torch.

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about being told she’s “too old” to be the love interest of an actor 18 years her senior.

Activists behind #SayHerName demand recognition of the police violence against black women.

s.e. smith talks about the responsibility of society when parents kill disabled children.

A racist Brooklyn landlord talks about how he gets black people to get out of his buildings.

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