If you haven't donated to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign...

...TODAY IS THE DAY.

From the We Need Diverse Books tumblr:

As has been reported on various websites, host Daniel Handler made a number of racist remarks during that night, including regarding Jacqueline Woodson. Handler has since apologized and said:

My remarks on Wednesday night at #NBAwards were monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist.  It would be heartbreaking for the #NBAwards conversation to focus on my behavior instead of great books. So can we do this? Let’s donate to #WeNeedDiverseBooks to #CelebrateJackie.  I’m in for $10,000, and matching your money for 24 hours up to $100,000. Brown Girl Dreaming is an amazing novel and we need more voices like Jacqueline Woodson.

Many people on Twitter have urged Handler to donate to our fundraiser, and we’re glad to see this has had an effect. For twenty-four hours starting at 8AM EST on Friday, November 21, Handler is doubling donations—up to $100,000—made to the We Need Diverse Books campaign. If anyone has been intending to donate, we’d like to suggest they do it within this time frame to let their donation count double.

Also, a $75 donation will snag you an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming, which, as you know unless you've been under a rock for the last couple of days (which is very possible, it's REALLY COLD out there), she won the National Book Award for on Wednesday.

"How does the Capitol resemble Bangkok?"

From the Guardian

Several Bangkok newspapers today also published front-page photographs of five university students who yesterday used The Hunger Games’ salute during a public appearance by junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has named himself Thailand’s prime minister. The students, wearing T-shirts bearing anti-coup slogans, were arrested by military police following the protest in Khon Kaen province, 450km north-east of Bangkok and taken away for “attitude adjustment”, reports the BBC.

Protip: If you're a government that identifies with The Capitol in Mockingjay—identifies with it so strongly that the idea of your citizens watching the movie FRIGHTENS YOU—you might want to re-evaluate everything about your life.

Ursula K. Le Guin's Acceptance Speech.

Our winter nights, so far.

They look—OR SOUND, ANYWAY—a whole lot like this:

Today @KirkusReviews...

...I wrote about Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, which... I have run out of words for how much I love it:

It’s the diary of Gabriela “Gabi” Hernandez: Californian high school senior, Mexican-American, aspiring poet and self-described “fat girl.” Her voice is outstanding: honest, original, believable and often hilarious—so much so that I read the majority of the book aloud to my husband, and he DIDN’T EVEN SEEM TO MIND. She’s brave, she’s thoughtful, she’s often cheerfully crass. She’s quick to laugh, self-deprecating; she’s capable and passionate. Everything about her and her journey made my heart pitter-pat with joy and contentment and affection and recognition—because while she is very definitely unique and distinctly always HERSELF, readers will see themselves and hear themselves in her story and in her voice.

DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK. IT IS OUTSTANDING AND SPECIAL AND IMPORTANT AND IF YOU ONLY READ ONE MORE BOOK THIS YEAR FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAKE IT THIS ONE. AND THEN BUY IT FOR YOUR LIBRARY. DO IT NOW, NOW, NOW.