It's beLOVED author interview day over at Bookslut, it's Bookshelves'O'Doom's most beLOVED MG novel cover of the year (thus far) (but you've SERIOUSLY gotta LOVE a girl named Moxy), and it's a LOVEfest for that thing that is literature, as Chasing Ray's Summer Blog Tour Blast will attest.
The real reason for all the hearts today is that it's a holiday - yes, Hallmark didn't announce it, so you may not have known, but it is LOVING DAY - the day of a landmark anti-miscegenation case in which that ugly law was struck down in Virginia in 1967.
Ms. Mildred Jeter (an African American lady) and Mr. Richard Perry Loving (a Caucasian gentleman) were residents of Virginia who married in June of 1958 in Washington DC, leaving Virginia to evade a state law banning marriages between any white person and a non-white person. When they returned home, they were charged with violation of the ban, pleaded guilty, and were sentenced to one year in prison, with the sentence suspended for 25 years on condition that the couple leave the state of Virginia. They left... but they decided not to leave it at that, and that is why today we celebrate people's rights to love anyone they choose.
It is a delicious irony that the name 'Loving' came into play here, and it's simply too good to pass up! So, here are my little LOVing shout-outs: to Fuse, who is now Expert Professional Librarian School Library Journal Blogger Extraordinary, and we're so proud to say we "knew her when;" to Mitali, on her redesigned blog and her to Sparrow on the event of her Blog Tour - whoo hoo! And finally, to another School Library Journal blogger, Diane Chen, with thanks for blogging about the upcoming Summer Blog Blast Tour! You can look forward to hearing more about this great fabulousness later on!
For now, I know it's gonna be... a LOVEly day.