Author Jonathan Friesen stops by to dismantle the myth of normal.
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Author Justina Chen addresses the challenges she faced in writing outside of her own experiences -- and why it was worth doing so anyway.
Author Maria E. Andreu talks about undocumented immigration in YA.
Alix is back to catch you up on some of the insanity that's been going down in her home state. South Carolina: where guns don't kill people. Vaginas do.
Author Ashley Hope Pérez makes the case for insta-translations and glossaries in YA -- and why she doesn't use them.
Turns out, running a diversity series is its own lesson in diversity.
Author Bryce Moore talks about drawing inspiration from folkore not commonly found in YA.
Real beauty is way more than just skin deep. And author Whitney A. Miller would like to see more reminders of that in YA.
Blogger Stephanie Scott talks about travelling and understanding the world, one book at a time.
The Cooperative Children's Book Center keeps track of children's books written about and by people of colour. Let's talk about how much those stats bum us out.
Obvs, YA lit could use a lot more POC characters. But as author Shana Mlawski points out, ALL characters could stand to be more diverse. (Yes, even the white ones.)
Should authors "fill in the blanks" for the ethnicity of their characters? Do authors who are persons of colour have an obligation to write about minorities? Author Jenny Han's here to give her take.
Hannah Ehrlich from book publisher LEE & LOW is back to dish about book covers with Mandy W.
Mandy W. chats with Hannah Ehrlich from LEE & LOW BOOKS, a children's book publisher with a focus on diversity.
Blogger Hannah Gomez visits FYA to talk about multiracial and multicultural identity in both YA literature and her own life.
Author Leslie Stella stops by to talk about the inspiration behind the Iranian-American family of her book Permanent Record.
A bonus dose of internet distractions, diversity style!
Author May-lee Chai stops by to discuss the trubs she had with publishing her "ethnic" heroine book, Hapa Girl -- and how her following books (Dragon Chica and Tiger Girl) found a home with the YA crowd.
Obvs, more diversity is better than less. But Meghan takes a look at why sometimes it's easier said than done.
FYA resident dude Brian puts on his author cap to talk about writing characters that are -- gasp! -- different than him.
Introducing FYA's new series on diversity in YA! First up: the Mandys C. and W. discuss David Levithan’s Every Day (the June book club pick!) as a look into different readers’ perceptions of main characters.