APFOL: January 10-16

Interesting posts and other things that have caught my eye this week. It isn’t actually everything, since I didn’t want to kill myself copy-pasting, so for the entire link collection check out my Delicious page.

Books in General

  • Black-Eyed Susan’s: Mama Lockdown: Recognition for Black Literature Beyond Historical
    “I’m starting off the new year with a rant about an issue you’re probably sick of hearing by now. Well, I’m sick of making it so somebody tell me why this continues to happen: 931 books read and of all the finalists by or about African Americans, the finalists are about slaves or civil rights. What the frack! Is it any wonder why my nephews and countless other children of all colors are less than enthused about getting books with black characters because those books almost always are books about us blacks being hung, sprayed or chased by dogs? Come on.”
  • Editorial Ass: ethnic writing–what’s ok to say?
    “…I value ethnic stories very highly, and can’t support the idea that it’s better not to tell stories than to tell them. Perspective, nuance, and a range and variety of topics would help establish wider-spread racial/ethnic knowledge, but I don’t understand why [Ed Lin]’s suppressing a funny true story just because it cleaves to an ethnic stereotype would benefit humanity.”
  • TheHappyNappyBookseller: Mark Your Calendars
    An excellent listing of books being published in the upcoming months starring characters of color and/or books written by authors of color. I’ve added about seven books to my TBR list!
  • From Aya to Zapt!: 24 Graphic Novels for African American History Month – 1/7/2010 – Library Journal
    Yet another excellent list. The only one I’m familiar with at the moment is the Static Shock graphic novel– I really enjoyed the TV show when I was younger, and the comic books were really good, too.
  • Dante’s “Inferno” and Video Games – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
    “eBookNewser reports that Electronic Arts will soon release a video game based on Dante’s “Inferno” and Random House will release a special tie-in edition of Dante’s epic poem, The Inferno to celebrate the game. You can’t make up these headlines.”

Authors & Publishers

  • The Translation Gap: Why More Foreign Writers Aren’t Published in America
    “Why is it so hard for foreign authors to get published in the US? It’s clear to anyone working in international rights that the sophisticated marketplace involving scouts, rights sellers and foreign publishers that exists to get American books out into the world does not exist to the same degree in the other direction.”
  • Brooklyn Arden: A Chance to Twitter Chatter
    “The lovely Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and I will have a live Twitter chat to discuss her terrific Eighth Grade Superzero and various questions regarding writing and publication this Friday, January 22, from noon to 1 EST.”

(Book) Blogging

  • Presenting Lenore: Introducing the International Book Blogger Mentor Program 2010
    “Over the past two years of book blogging, I’ve been very lucky about the amount of books I’ve received and I’ve passed a fair number of my books on to other bloggers in countries such as Vietnam, Pakistan, Scotland, Spain and of course Germany. I would like to continue supporting international book bloggers and have decided to start the International Book Blogger Mentor Program.”

Book Wishlist

  • White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. Eva says: “Here’s what I knew before I started reading the book: there were twins in it. All the blurbs used the phrase ‘neo-gothic.’ And one of the twins had pica, which is some psychological disorder that makes you want to eat inedible things and not eat real food. That was totally enough for me to read the book, and I tell you that it lives up to all those blurbs, so if you want to go in completely blind, just stop reading, go grab the book, and come back once you’re done so we can gush together.” (Which is what I’m going to do!)
  • I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura. Nymeth says: “There is no way around how sad this story is, but there’s a sense of acceptance mixed with the sadness, a determination to make the most of her circumstances on Barbara’s part, that turns what could have been a devastating ending into a bittersweet one. There’s no denying the pain, but as Barbara tells herself in the final panel, we are stronger than we think.”
  • The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah. Meghan says: “I found this book totally fascinating. I know so little of Iran, let alone what it’s like to live there, and I really felt like this book put me right in the midst of a revolution. Enough of their culture was established so that I felt terror and confusion just as the house’s residents did, and I was amazed at what some of the family was capable of doing for political purposes.”
  • From the new Sourcebooks imprint, Sourcebooks Fire: Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown (it’s about spirit photographers!); We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni (faking spiritualism with the Fox sisters!).

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