Odds & Ends: May 17
- A few Kindle deals of note: Parable of the Talents, by Octavia Butler, Girl Out of Water, by Laura Silverman, and Girls on Fire, by Robin Wasserman, are $1.99, $2.51 (???), and $1.99 respectively.
- From Robin Stevenson: No, I Will Not Stop Talking About Queer Pride. "We began talking about what the letters L, G, B, T and Q stand for. The kids were relaxed, chatty, and engaged. One said that G meant gay, and another added that L stood for lesbian, which is “when women like other women.” But when we got to T, a teacher—an older man at the back of the room—held up his hand, palm out, traffic cop style."
- At the Washington Post: Grumpy Brits can’t find a funny novel this year. "In a statement released Wednesday, David Campbell, one of the insufficiently amused judges, wrote, “Despite the submitted books producing many a wry smile amongst the panel during the judging process, we did not feel [that] any of the books we read this year incited the level of unanimous laughter we have come to expect.”"
- At Pragmatic Mom: AAPI Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. "To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I am going to give a shout out to all the AAPI children’s book authors and illustrators that I can think of with a book published in the last 18 months."
- At Lee & Low: Five Reasons Why Your Manuscript Didn't Win. "It’s May and with the arrival of spring comes the opening of the nineteenth annual Lee & Low New Voices Award! We reviewed submissions from the past few years and identified several common pitfalls amongst the contest entries that did not win. We compiled these into the list below so that writers interested in submitting to our contest can avoid them."
- At Electric Lit: The Secret History of Cricket Magazine, the ‘New Yorker for Children’. "All of the artists in Cricket were remarkable; Grandits recalled one conversation in which Wally Tripp painstakingly explained how to correctly alter a horse’s anatomy so it could be anthropomorphized."
- At the NYT: Junot Díaz Steps Down as Pulitzer Chairman Amid Review of Misconduct Allegations. "Mr. Díaz, who joined the board in 2010, was elevated to chairman last month, according to the organization. It said that Mr. Díaz asked to relinquish his role and that he would remain a part of the body."
- At Sad and Useless: The World’s Greatest Collection of Bumblebee Butts.
- At Twitter: