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Procrastination Pro Tips: Sexual Harassment In Kidlit, BLACK PANTHER, READY PLAYER ONE, and more

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Procrastination Pro Tips: Sexual Harassment In Kidlit, BLACK PANTHER, READY PLAYER ONE, and more

Happy Friday! Let's get to it, shall we?

Book Related Things

Well, the big story this week is sexual harassment in the children's book publishing industry. It started with Anne Ursu's article...

SLJ chimed in, and people started naming their harassers in the comments. (Jay Asher, James Dashner, Sherman Alexie, and Matt de la Pena were the most frequently named.)

Publisher's Weekly also wrote about it.

Jay Asher was removed from SCBWI due to the allegations.

James Dashner's literary agent dropped him.

R.J. Anderson has a great thread about why harassment has gone unpunished for so long. "One of the big reasons men are lionized in kidlit is because many teachers, librarians and even publishers still believe that most boys will only read books about boys and written by boys. So male authors need special attention and support, lest they vanish and boys stop reading."

7 casually racist things that white authors do.

Laurie Halse Anderson on Speak and rape culture, 20 (!!!) years later.

Okay, how about some better news? Here's the cover reveal for On The Come Up by Angie Thomas.

And Dear Heartbreak, an anthology edited by Heather Demetrios in which YA authors respond to real letters from teens.

Finally, something new in the Harry Potter franchise that won't make you want to gouge your eyes out: Harry Potter Clue

If literature's "complicated men" were on Tinder.

A new Song of Ice and Fire book coming, but it's a companion novel.

Get these book deals while they're hot:

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 by G. Wilson

Red Rising (May 2018 book club pick!) by Pierce Brown

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YA Onscreen Things

ICYMI: DANCE ACADEMY! Also, more Sabrina casting news, Black Panther, Zefron, and more.

New Shadowhunters photos.

"Black Panther Is a Beautiful Showcase for Natural Hair"

"Why Marvel Spent More on Getting Black Panther Just Right"

Teaser trailer for Freeform's Siren.

New Ready Player One trailer, and potentially spoilery posters.

Social Media Things

Angie Thomas gives Black Panther the stamp of approval:



Miscellaneous Things

Fascinating read: how department stores helped allow (middle and upper class white) women in public.


That's it for this week! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

Jennie's photo About the Author: Jennie Kendrick lives in San Francisco and has an excessive fondness of historical fiction, spreadsheets, turquoise sparkly things, and bourbon. She is also a literary agent. When she's not reading, writing, or writing about reading, she cooks obsessively, and thrifts for vintage everything.