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LIVE from Philly…

Image Source: Apiary MagazineI’m excited to be part of a terrific program on Monday, March 30: LIVE at the Writers House, featuring local Philadelphia YA authors. I’ll be reading with Eric Smith (Inked), Katherine Locke (Second Position), Lauren Saft (Those Girls), I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), and Tiffany Schmidt (Hold Me Like a Breath), with musical guest Birdie Bush.

The event is open to the public and will be recorded live for WXPN 88.5FM at Kelly Writers House’s Arts Cafe, University of Pennsylvania, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia. RSVP at Facebook.

I’ll probably have a few copies of The Silence of Six on hand for sale, and I’m happy to sign books!

LIVE at the Writers House is one-hour broadcast of spoken-word art, poetry, and song hosted by Michaela Majoun of XPN’s Morning Show and produced by Alli Katz six times a year, with support from BigRoc. It looks like this episode will be #111, one of my favorite numbers! If you can’t be there in person, you can listen to it on the radio or stream it later online.

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shelf reflection

One of my least favorite sentences to hear is “We need to get rid of some books.”

I bet that made some of you twitch, too. When my wife said this to me recently, my immediate reaction was denial. What do you mean we have to get rid of books? They’re books! Unfortunately, the clear, simple logic of that argument is a bit too simple and oddly unconvincing, and while I may object to the necessity of the task, I’m not actually delusional. Not about this, anyway. As I looked around our apartment, even I had to admit that we have a book problem.

The thing is, I’ve never considered it a problem. Out of all the vices I could be into, collecting books is the most harmless. They’re books. Books are good, worthy things. The more, the better — except when you’re getting ready to move, or when you need to make more space in your apartment to, you know, live in.

Continue reading at The League of Extraordinary Writers

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Diversity in YA

Photo by I.W. Gregorio

Photo by I.W. Gregorio

Today, I was honored to speak to some amazing teen writers and readers at the Little Flower Teen Writers Festival about the importance of diversity and how to approach writing from perspectives other than their own. I promised to post some links to read more about this topic, and I hope these are useful to anyone interested in reading and writing more diverse books, even without the context of my presentation.

Art by Tina Kugler/ tinakuglerstudio.com

Art by Tina Kugler/ tinakuglerstudio.com

Read More About It

Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, Conversation Pieces vol. 8, Aqueduct Press, 2005

Blogs:

Diversity in YAhttp://diversityinya.tumblr.com/

Rich in Color: Reading and Reviewing Diverse YA Bookshttp://richincolor.com/

Articles & Data:

2013 Statistics, Cooperative Children’s BookCenter, University of Wisconsin  – http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp

Diversity in 2013 YA Best Sellers
http://www.diversityinya.com/2014/04/diversity-in-2013-new-york-times-young-adult-bestsellers/

Kid Lit’s Primary Color: White –
http://shelf-life.ew.com/2014/04/15/kid-lits-primary-color-white-report/

Diversity is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing –
http://www.buzzfeed.com/danieljoseolder/diversity-is-not-enough

Want More Diversity in Your YA? Here’s How You Can Help –
http://diversityinya.tumblr.com/post/82690608453/want-more-diversity-in-your-ya-heres-how-you-can-help

We Are Still Not Doing Enough for Diversity in Kidlit –
http://elloecho.blogspot.com/2014/04/we-are-still-not-doing-enough-for.html

Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? –
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/09/living/young-adult-books-diversity-identity/index.html

We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit –
http://bookriot.com/2014/04/15/need-bigger-megaphones-diversity-kid-lit/

Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased in Eighteen Years? –
http://blog.leeandlow.com/2013/06/17/why-hasnt-the-number-of-multicultural-books-increased-in-eighteen-years/

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is –
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/

Why We Need Diversity in YA Fiction, Plus Book Recommendations
http://cherylrainfield.com/blog/index.php/2012/11/04/why-we-need-diversity-in-ya-fiction/

My Take on Diversity in Children’s Books While Growing Up:
http://diversityinya.tumblr.com/post/51072209934/guest-post-by-andre-norton-award-winner-e-c-meyer

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write what you don’t know

doctor-whoOne of the most common pieces of writing advice we often hear as beginners is “Write what you know.” But what does that even mean? And is it actually good advice?

If I had taken that suggestion literally, my first novel would have been about a man in his late twenties with a day job as a media coordinator at Lifetime Television who was writing a novel about the action-packed world of file transfers, video conversions, and women’s programming. Riveting. Perhaps readers would have been drawn in by the rich cast of characters based on my wacky co-workers, friends, and family–who I’m sure would have been flattered to be included. You see the problem. Worse still, my second novel would have been exactly the same, and my third…

I read fiction for experiences completely different from my own, to see with other people’s eyes, so why should writing fiction be any different? I love science fiction and fantasy because in the right hands, an author can make the impossible seem real.

[Read the rest of this post at The League of Extraordinary Writers]

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see me at philcon!

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I look like this.

Despite having lived in Philadelphia for nearly three years, next week I will be attending my first Philcon — the first and longest running SFF convention in the world — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J., Friday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 10. Their full schedule is here, but you can find me at the panels listed below, and I hope you’ll come and say hi. This is likely to be my last local event until at least next year.

Before I share my schedule: I want everyone to enjoy the convention without detracting from anyone else’s fun and comfort, so please read Philcon’s Harassment Policy, such as it is.

Friday, Nov. 8

7:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
DYSTOPIA IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION
[Panelists: Rebecca Robare (mod), Gil Cnaan, E.C. Myers, Christine Norris, Aurora Celeste]

Saturday, Nov. 9

3:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
IS STAR TREK BOLDLY GOING WHERE WE WANT IT TO?
[Panelists: Keith R.A. DeCandido (mod), Jay Smith, Theodore Krulik, E.C. Myers, Christopher Stout]

4:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READING: E.C. MYERS
I may read my new short story, “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell”, which I finished writing on Friday. So if you show up, you’ll be the first people anywhere to hear it! It hasn’t been published yet, and it has the standard author disclaimer that it still may be a little rough :)

5:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
WRITING SCIENCE FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS
[Panelists: Ty Drago (mod), Michael J. Friedman, Bill Spangler, E.C. Myers, Thomas Willeford]

Sunday, Nov. 10

2:00 PM in Autograph Table (1 hour)
AUTOGRAPH: ANNA KASHINA, E.C.MYERS
[Panelists: Anna Kashina (mod), E.C. Myers]

The rest of the time I may be hanging out in the bar, or writing on my netbook in a corner somewhere. Deadlines wait for no con.

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