Saturday links.

From  Pierre , as imagined by Sendak.

From Pierre, as imagined by Sendak.

  • At USA Today: Twitterature is back, with Atwood and Snicket. "From May 11 to 15, a group of authors led by literary powerhouses Margaret Atwood and Lemony Snicket (and including Maggie Stiefvater, Celeste Ng and Democratic Congressman Steve Israel, whose prompts are above), will participate in the third annual #TwitterFictionFestival. They'll condense their writing into 140-character nuggets to use social media as their primary storytelling platform."
  • "A Call for Art! Judy Blume Art!": Get the details from Fuse #8.
  • The 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees have been announced.
  • At the Guardian: Jeffrey Brown shows us how to draw… Darth Vader.
  • At Open Culture: Maurice Sendak’s Bawdy Illustrations For Herman Melville’s Pierre: or, The Ambiguities.
  • At the Toast: Trailer Park Boys Tuesday: Ricky Is A Modern Falstaff. "“A knave without malice, a liar without deceit, and a knight, a gentleman, and a soldier without either dignity, decency, or honour. This is a character which, though it may be decompounded, could not, I believe, have been formed, nor the ingredients of it duly mingled, upon any receipt whatever. It required the hand of Shakespeare himself to give to every particular part a relish of the whole, and of the whole to every particular part…” could those words have been written about anyone but Ricky?" YES YES YES YES YES. (Or, well, to answer the question, NO. No, those words could not be about anyone other than Ricky. Or, you know, Falstaff.)
  • At Teen Services Underground: 8 Books About Low-Income Teens.
  • At GayYA: Have You Ever Considered Writing About Straight People? "At the moment, those are the stories I’m most interested in telling. It’s partly because I’m trying to make up for the historical lack of those stories, and I’m sure it’s also partly because my writing reflects aspects of my own experience growing up as gay/bi (I used to oscillate between those two labels when I was younger). But the truth is, these are just the characters I find fascinating. I want to read about queer kids coming out, or making trouble, or falling in love, or fighting crime. I want to write about those things, too."
  • At Lee & Low Books: Tu Books Announces Winner of New Visions Award Contest for Writers of Color. "Tu Books, the middle grade and young adult imprint of respected multicultural children’s publisher LEE & LOW BOOKS, is thrilled to announce that author Axie Oh has won its second annual New Visions Award for her young adult science fiction novel, The Amaterasu Project."
  • Well, I'm adding this to the Want To Read list: