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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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far coin

Source: http://www.taxfreegold.co.ukI’m thrilled to announce that we have just sold the first foreign rights to Fair Coin and Quantum Coin! From Publishers Marketplace:

Complex Chinese rights to E. C. Myers’s FAIR COIN and QUANTUM COIN, to Sharp Point, in a nice deal, by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency on behalf of Brady McReynolds at JABberwocky Literary Agency.

My thanks to Gray and Brady, and of course my agent, Eddie Schneider, and Pyr! I love seeing foreign editions of familiar books and magazines. When I was a kid, one of my favorite things was a video game magazine I picked up on vacation in South Korea. I couldn’t read anything in it, but it was fun trying to figure out what words meant “Super Mario,” and screenshots of games are pretty much universal. I still treasure my dual-language editions of Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allen Poe stories, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, with Korean on one page and English on the facing page. (I was bored on the trip, so of course my mom bought me books.)

I look forward to seeing what the Coin books look like in Chinese, and here’s hoping we’ll be able to bring them to even more countries around the world!

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my neighbor totoro toronto

At the beginning of November, I went to Canada for a couple of events in Toronto, Ontario. The original reason for my trip was to attend the World Fantasy Convention, which supposedly was in Toronto but was really in Richmond Hills, inconveniently located “near” Toronto Pearson International Airport and various downtown restaurants. False advertising, much?

But I actually skipped most of the first two days of the con, as I also wanted to spend time with close friends in the area, who showed me interesting sites like the National Air Force Museum of Canada and made sure I sampled as much of the local cuisine as possible. No complaints!

Photo by Al Bogdan

World Fantasy is one of my favorite conventions, though I don’t get to attend every year; once I got there, it was great to catch up with many authors, editors, and friends in the SFF community, though there’s never enough time to see everyone. Two highlights of World Fantasy for me were the mass autographing session on Friday night—where some people actually turned up to talk to me and get their copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin signed!—and a panel on diversity in young adult fiction, my one official program for the con.

Photo by Al Bogdan

I’m still a little nervous on panels, even though all I’m doing is expressing my opinion on various topics (which I often do without any prompting), but it went really well, thanks to my fellow panelists (Cindy Williams Chima, Cheryl Rainfield, Megan Crewe, and Kathleen Sullivan), as well as a terrific audience–the intelligent, well-read, and passionate audience you hope for at events like this. Everyone contributed to a lively and respectful discussion of the importance of representing protagonists of different cultures, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations in young adult fiction. Cheryl wrote a detailed summary of the panel along with some book recommendations collected from panelists and readers in the audience. So yeah, I think I did all right on this one, and some people were kind enough to tell me so afterward.

Some Altered Fluid: (Clockwise) Mercurio D. Rivera, Rajan Khanna, E.C. Myers, K. Tempest Bradford, Matthew Kressel, Alaya Dawn Johnson. (Photo by Chris Cevasco)

Of course, there were many other memorable moments at WFC: an impromptu fiction reading by members of my writing group, Altered Fluid, in the soda room of the con suite (really); breakfast dim sum; a 3am expedition to get hot pot and tea; hallway conversations about Sleep No More; hanging out at the hotel bar with friends from Clarion West; the Clarion West party (featuring the class of 2012′s anthem, “Ready to Launch”); and every stolen moment with folks in the dealer room, halls, parties, and hotel rooms. And as always, it was great to meet online friends in person for the first time and make a lot of new friends at the con.

Photo by Joanne Levy

However, one of my favorite moments in Toronto didn’t occur at the con at all: a reading and signing at !ndigo Yorkdale. This event was as amazing as the circumstances that brought it about; Ross Armstrong, one of the booksellers at Yorkdale, decided to participate in the company’s “CEO 100″ challenge by handselling 100 copies of Fair Coin. And he succeeded!

What. (Photo by Jessie Cammack)

When I found out about it, I was flattered, impressed, and grateful, so I knew I had to visit the store while I was in town to thank the staff in person. I was honored to be invited there for an event–especially considering the guests they usually attract, authors like James Dashner, Cassandra Clare, and Libba Bray–and fortunately everyone’s schedules worked out to make it happen on relatively short notice. One of the best parts of being a published author is meeting teens who enjoyed Fair Coin, not to mention adult readers, parents, and booksellers. It was the perfect note to end my “book tour” on!

So if you happen to be in or around Toronto, Ontario, you can pick up signed copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin at !ndigo Yorkdale–the only book store offering them in all of Canada, which is a pretty big country. If you do stop by, say hi to Ross for me.

Ross and me. (Photo by Jessie Cammack)

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the sequel has landed

Though I knew it was coming, it was still a pleasant surprise to receive this package in Thursday’s mail. Thanks, Pyr!

The physical copies of Quantum Coin are even more beautiful than I thought they would be. This was the first time I saw the whole jacket, and Jackie Nasso Cooke did another phenomenal job with the design. Pyr even managed to fit in a back cover blurb from the fantastic four-star review from RT Book Reviews, as well as many great blurbs for Fair Coin. (You can still enter a giveaway at Goodreads through Monday to win two of the books from that very box. I’ll even throw in some Styrofoam peanuts. And don’t miss the other giveaways in the sidebar to the right!)

I still find it incredible that I wrote and published those two novels. Don’t they look nice together? Sam Weber’s cover illustrations complement each other perfectly while showing a progression that mirrors the themes in the books.

I think they look even better side by side on my bookshelf. And maybe on yours? :)

I was going for a Ghostbusters II angle here, but I just look Asian.

And so this post isn’t all about me, the mail also brought a bunch of other books I’ve been waiting for, which I’m almost as excited about. These should all be on your immediate reading list, too:

If you’re looking to get your own copy of Quantum Coin soon, order and pre-order links are here.

 

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coming to a universe near you

Pop quiz time! I know you didn’t study, but don’t worry, it’s multiple choice, there’s no wrong answer, and there’s a reward at the end.

What kind of books do you like?
a) Free ones
b) Books defaced by the author with a Sharpie pen
c) Books what have time travel and parallel universes in them
d) Books with a smidge of romance and humor
e) all of the above

Great! If you picked a, b, c, or d, then read on. If you selected e) all of the above, then you should really pay attention, because this is your chance to win the first signed and personalized copies of Quantum Coin.

This is the finished book, not the uncorrected early copy for reviewers, and there have been some slight changes to the text in this “author’s preferred edition,” carefully designed to boost the level of awesome. All you have to do to make this yours is enter the Goodreads giveaway below. The winner will be randomly selected in true quantum fashion. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers

Quantum Coin

by E.C. Myers

Giveaway ends October 09, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


 

If you’re not sure this is the book for you, check out this fantastic early review of Quantum Coin by Barb Caffrey at Shiny Book Review. She calls it “a novel that needs to be on your bookshelf, just as soon as it comes out in October; it has flair, drama, big ideas, excellent characters, and some believable, low-key romance.”

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