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Video Response: Talking Back to Angry Texas Mom Whose Tirade Got OUT OF DARKNESS Banned

I think I’ll just let the video speak for itself. Fed up with school book bans and school board meetings that look like day-time talk shows. Even more fed up with the resulting attacks on authors, librarians, and teachers. Beyond … Read more

 

What Creative Recovery Looks Like

You know the scenario. A writing project you care about gets derailed by family drama, work woes, a relapse of depression, a rough election, or some other configuration of challenges that life throws at you.

And suddenly you lose your … Read more

 

Words from a First-Time Demonstrator

liamash_whetstonevigilSunday, at the age of 32, I went to my first demonstration. My husband and I took the kids and gathered with about 500 neighbors for a peaceful, family-friendly vigil and march. Our goal: to come together in response to … Read more

 

Images from the 2016 Américas Award celebration

On September 22, 2016 I had the privilege of receiving the Américas Award for Out of Darkness. What an honor to get to speak at the Library of Congress–and to spend time with Alma Flor Ada and Pam Muñoz … Read more

 

Orlando ALA 2016: Printz, tattoos, & more

ALA 2016 in Orlando brought the sweetness of connecting with fellow authors and amazing librarians as well as the career high of receiving a 2016 Printz Honor Award for Out of Darkness. But there was also the bitter fact … Read more

 

My Printz Came!

In case you missed the ALA Youth Media Awards, here’s my big news: Out of Darkness received a Printz Honor!

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I was already over the moon after having a New York Times Sunday book review of Out of Darkness and … Read more

 

Advancing the diversity conversation

We-Need-Diverse-BooksIt’s been a rowdy few weeks in online discussions of diversity in YA and children’s books. I was just getting my thoughts together about Meg Rosoff’s dismissive-shading-to-hostile-shading-to-defensive response to an important contribution to children’s literature. (Read Edi Campbell’s post, … Read more

 

A review for National Coming Out Day

For the October issue of The Texas Observer, I had the good fortune to review Queer Brown Voices, a collection of essays and oral histories about Latina/o LGBT activism. And–new heights of coolness–the editor chose my review as … Read more

 

Censorship fuels the censor within (Banned Books Week)

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Two things are on my mind today. First, real-deal censorship, like the total ban on Ted Dawe’s award-winning YA novel Into the River in his home country of New Zealand. Second, the softer, but possibly more damaging censorship that writers … Read more

 

Official Out of Darkness book release

It’s here! No, I’m not talking about Liam Miguel’s first day of kindergarten (that was yesterday) or Ethan Andrés’s first day of nursery school (that’s today). I’m talking about the official release of Out of Darkness, which has been … Read more

 
 
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