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Diversity at ALA

Librarians are among my favorite people, so I’m delighted that I will be surrounded by them at the American Library Association’s annual conference this weekend, June 24—26, in Orlando, Florida.

My primary reason for attending ALA this year is to participate in Finding Yourself on the Shelves: Diversity in Ethnicity and Language For Your Teens on Saturday at 1 p.m. (OCCC, W205). Jen Schureman, a YA librarian in Gloucester County, N.J., will moderate the discussion with me and fellow panelists, fab writers Shveta Thakrar, Lamar Giles, Cindy Pon, Ellen Oh, and Meg Medina.

Like many people, Orlando has been in my thoughts and prayers a lot in the last two weeks. I was shocked by Christina Grimmie’s death, and horrified by the alligator attack that took the life of 2-year-old Lane Graves. But most of all, I have been preoccupied by the June 12 massacre at Pulse, and the names and faces of the 49 people who died. I’ve been thinking about what we must do to stop these horrible mass murders from happening over and over again — what I can do. And I realized that this panel is one, small way to help.

Today, it’s more vital than ever that we have diversity in media. Knowing, understanding, accepting, and loving those who live or love or worship or believe differently from, well, white, able-bodied, heterosexual men, will hopefully lead to fewer hate crimes like the Pulse nightclub shooting. This is oversimplifying a huge issue, but until we can prevent any random person from purchasing an assault weapon on a whim, education and empathy are all we have to fight back with.

It’s important for kids to see themselves represented in books, no matter what their backgrounds or circumstances. But kids also should be exposed to stories about those who aren’t exactly like them, so they can learn to see them as people first. Children and young adults who grow up knowing that everyone is a human being, no less worthy of life than they are, don’t typically buy guns with the intent of slaughtering dozens of innocent strangers.

We need more voices writing those books, more publishers printing them, and more libraries and schools making them available to young readers. And we need librarians to continue to help lead that change, because in many ways, they’re the front lines.

In recent years, libraries have served as an anchor for communities during times of social strife. In Ferguson, in Baltimore, libraries stayed open when the rest of the social network shut down — creating a safe space for young people and their communities to gather and discuss race and social justice, as well as comfort and connect with others. And now, in Orlando, the Orange County Library System and other local libraries have opened their doors and offered resources to help their community grieve, share information, and support each other. ALA is also planning a memorial and other activities at the conference.

All I have as a writer to make my mark on the world, to maybe help change it for the better, are my words. And I’m going to do my best to fill the world with positive, hopeful messages and stories that represent everyone who lives in it, and show life both as it is and as it should be.

Thank you, librarians, for sharing those stories and for all you do to help us feel safer and understand the world and make the future a little brighter. I look forward to seeing you and supporting your efforts this weekend.

Support:
Orlando Public Library
Ferguson Municipal Public Library
Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library

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See you at B&N’s B-Fest!

I’m excited to be participating in B-Fest, Barnes & Noble’s first national teen book festival this weekend! I’ll be back in Philadelphia at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble at 1805 Walnut Street on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m.

I’m appearing as part of Adaptive Studios’ B-Creative story development workshop, talking about my writing process for the Silence of Six series. We’ll be giving away ARCs of my new book, Against All Silence, and of course I’m happy to sign copies of the first book, which is now out in paperback.

I hope to see you there!

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This is an exciting week! Hi-C Ecto Cooler is back!

SOS Repackage RGBEven more exciting than that — and I am very excited about the too-sweet taste of childhood nostalgia — this week The Silence of Six is out in paperback, exclusively at Barnes & Noble! This is the first paperback edition of a novel I wrote; Fair Coin and Quantum Coin are still only available in hardcover so far. So if you’ve been waiting to read The Silence of Six, haven’t picked up a copy to own yet, or simply want to collect them all, please stop by your local Barnes & Noble store or order it online at bn.com for only $4.99. (That’s cheaper than the eBook!)

To celebrate, I’m giving away a signed, advance copy of the sequel, Against All Silence (publishing in August) and a signed, limited edition paperback of the prequel story, “SOS”, which is not available anywhere else.

All you have to do is post a picture of the paperback of The Silence of Six at a Barnes & Noble; or a picture of your receipt (including online orders); or a picture of you with the paperback on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with a link to this post. Be sure to use the hashtag #SilenceOfSix and tag me (Twitter: @ecmyers, Instagram: @e.c.myers). If you want to be sure I don’t miss your entry, you can also e-mail the link to me@ecmyers.net.

This giveaway will only run through Tuesday, June 7, 11:59 p.m. ET. On Wednesday, June 8, I will put all the entries into a spreadsheet, number them, and then use a randomizer to randomly select one winner.

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where I will BEA this friday!

AASIf you’re at Book Expo America (BEA) in Chicago this week, come to my autographing on Friday to get a signed copy of my new book, Against All Silence, courtesy of my overlords, Adaptive Books!

Friday, May 13 — 2:30–3 p.m.
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You will be among the first people in the world to read this book, which will be published in August! Seriously, this is so brand new, I don’t even have copies of it yet! I really really really really hope you like it. I also hear there will be some special, limited-edition giveaways at this event, but I’m not sure if I should say more than that. ;)

If you aren’t at BEA or you miss me there, I will also be crashing the Mass Autographing Session at the SFWA Nebula Weekend at Palmer House on Friday the 13th, from 8 p.m. on. I’ll be happy to sign anything (anything!) if you corner me, but you’ll have to bring your own books!

 

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SOS — Kindle January Deal!

Good news, everyone! Amazon.com has selected The Silence of Six as a Kindle Deal for January, which means you can purchase the eBook all month for only $1.99!

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Yes, you can have my thoughts for only 199 pennies, less than 6.42 pennies a day!

There’s no better time to read The Silence of Six if it’s on your list, what with the sequel coming out soon — currently scheduled for July 19, 2016 from Adaptive. (These reviewers really liked it.) And if you’re like me and don’t love cliffhangers, don’t worry, the first book stands alone, with Max off on a new adventure in Against All Silence. (You can still enter a contest at YABC to win an early copy, until 1/9.)

And if it isn’t too greedy, I have one more small request: If you read The Silence of Six, especially if you grab it now on the cheap, please consider rating and reviewing it on Amazon? I’d like them to see that highlighting my book was a good decision!

Thank you!

Stay frosty,
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