"It is important to me that African American youths know they need not look to a castle in England to find magic; there are wonders to discover and adventures to be had right here at home (and in other parts of the globe)."
Our girl Zetta is in The Horn Book. Decolonizing the Imagination. Wow.
It's Malinda Lo Day. Did you miss it? Tarie of Color Online Malinda Lo. Also, Malinda guest posts at Justine Larbalestier's blog on The Woman Warrior. On her own blog, she discusses Asian-ness, or, lack of, in Ash. Go. Read. Discuss.
Yet another film adaptation: I'm a huge fan of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. If you've never read it -- wow. It's brilliant, and I don't mean that in the British sense of reflexively saying everything is brilliant. I mean it in the fullest definition of the word -- the man had an astounding intellect, and it shows in that sprawling, layered, centuries long, Earth-to-space-and-beyond... epic.
You know they're going to completely screw up the movie adaptation of it, right? Oh, promises, promises, Mr. Emmerich. Sadly, you all know how much I HATE book adaptations... but hope springs eternal (because Earthlings are blind and foolishly optimistic). Maybe it'll be good...
FREE! We like that word: I love the work of author Kelley Armstrong, and this year's Cybils introduced me to the second book in her Darkest Powers trilogy? series? I went back and read the first book -- and am DYING to read the third. You can now read the first book, The Summoning, for free for a limited time. Thanks, HarperCollins! The opening chapters of the following two books are there as well.
A writing question: Can you actually start a novel with theme as a jumping-off point? Do people actually do that? Is that like teaching to a test? Inquiring minds want to know.
(My personal answer? I can't. It seems a lot like writing a book with a "message," if you write to a theme... and I like Samuel Goldwyn's idea about books with messages: "If you want to send a message, call Western Union.")
Just FYI: Tanita's blog has now moved to [fiction, instead of lies] at WordPress. Apologies to all who tried to comment on blog posts and were completely stymied over the weekend.