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#weneeddiversebooks at naiba

I was honored to be invited to the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Fantastic Fall Conference last weekend. They hosted their first ever #WeNeedDiverseBooks Reception, featuring 15 authors who are PoC and/or have written diverse books of all kinds. They also provided a highly visible table in the vendor room so booksellers and publishers could come find out about the campaign.

Back row (l to r): Robin Talley, Ryan Graudin, Ellen Oh. Front row (l to r): Justina Ireland, L.R. Giles, Kat Yeh, Renee Ahdieh.

Back row (l to r): Robin Talley, Ryan Graudin, Ellen Oh. Front row (l to r): Justina Ireland, L.R. Giles, Kat Yeh, Renée Ahdieh.

This was one of the best events I’ve participated in. The reception was styled in a kind of “Speed Dating” format: Authors sat at small tables with their books and booksellers mingled and stopped to chat. There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest in #WeNeedDiverseBooks and our work, and it was great to meet so many people who own and run the independent bookstores we love and rely on. It’s also always wonderful to hang out with other authors and meet in real life after interacting online. Thanks so much to team members Ellen Oh, Aisha Saeed, Lamar Giles, I.W. Gregorio, Meg Medina, Renée Ahdieh, and Caroline Richmond for making me a part of it.

This was especially exciting for me because that night was the first time I saw advance copies of my new book, The Silence of Six! It looks really wonderful, and the awesome cover drew many people over to ask about it and get signed copies for their stores, kids, or themselves. Physical copies of the book are out in the world now! Thanks to my publisher, Adaptive Books, for getting books there in time.

It's more than 1s and 0s and ideas in my head!

It’s more than 1s and 0s and ideas in my head!

Despite my ongoing efforts to cull our bookshelves, I did come home with a few great books, and I encourage you to look for published and forthcoming work from the other attendees for a great selection of diverse titles and middle grade/young adult authors:

The Wrath and the Dawn — Renée Ahdieh

Fake ID — L.R. Giles

The Walled City — Ryan Graudin

None of the Above — I.W. Gregorio

Vengeance Bound — Justina Ireland

Control and Catalyst — Lydia Kang

Say What You Will — Cammie McGovern

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Best. Title. Ever.) — Meg Medina

Prophecy — Ellen Oh

The Only Thing to Fear — Caroline Tung Richmond

Written in the Stars — Aisha Saeed

Lies We Tell Ourselves — Robin Talley

Saving Baby Doe — Danette Vigilante

The Truth About Twinkie Pie — Kat Yeh

And of course, if you’d like to learn more about We Need Diverse Books and how to support the campaign:

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Some diverse books I nabbed at NAIBA

Some diverse books I nabbed at NAIBA

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jury duty

I’m happy to report that I have once again volunteered for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award committee. I’m honored to have been selected to participate with such a distinguished group of people, and I’m looking forward to reading a lot of great middle grade and young adult books this year and agonizing over what to recommend. Official announcement follows.

The 2012 Andre Norton Award committee has been chosen, and will begin accepting books for consideration. Any young adult prose or graphic novel first published in English in 2012 is eligible.

The judges are:

Victoria McManus (chair)
Chris Barzak
Merrie Haskell
Eugene Myers
Carrie Vaughn

The committee will consider all submitted young adult books until January 31st, 2013. The award will be presented at the 48th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, California, on May 18.

For submission information, please contact Victoria McManus at: victoriamcmanus@yahoo.com

The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, named to honor prolific science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton (1912–2005), is a yearly juried award presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) to the author of an outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy book published in the previous year. The award was established in 2005 by then SFWA president Catherine Asaro and the first SFWA Young Adult Fiction committee and announced on February 20, 2005. The first Norton Award (for the year 2006) was bestowed during the Nebula Awards ceremonies on May 11–13, 2007.

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looking for a few good books

I’m serving on the 2011 jury for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, which is able to add up to three books to the award ballot, to ensure a broad selection of the best in the genre. We are actively reading eligible works published in 2011, and welcome authors and publishers to recommend or submit (in print or electronic formats) noteworthy YA books. Nominations from SFWA membership and the Norton Jury will be announced in February and the award will be presented at the Nebula Awards on May 19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

The Jury is keenly interested in reviewing works that may not have received a lot of attention, books from small presses, graphic novels, and books that were not published as YA (such as middle grade) but could have been.

Feel free to recommend books to me in this post’s comments, or e-mail me directly at emyers+norton -at- gmail.com to make recommendations privately and/or discuss submissions for consideration. You can also contact the entire jury at nortonjury@sfwa.org. Thank you!

The Andre Norton Award for an outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy book was established in 2006 by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The award is named in honor of the late Andre Norton, a SFWA Grand Master and author of more than 100 novels, many of them for young adult readers. Norton’s work has influenced generations of young people, creating new fans of the fantasy and science fiction genres and setting the standard for excellence in fantasy writing. Any book published as a young adult science fiction/fantasy novel is eligible, including graphic novels with no limit on word length.

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