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It’s a book mark that marks your spot in the book.
Almost every day, my mailbox is filled with handwritten letters from students–teens and pre-teens–who have read my YA book and loved it. I have yet to receive a letter from a child somehow debilitated by the domestic violence, drug abuse, racism, poverty, sexuality, and murder contained in my book. To the contrary, kids as young as ten have sent me autobiographical letters written in crayon, complete with drawings inspired by my book, that are just as dark, terrifying, and redemptive as anything I’ve ever read.
And, often, kids have told me that my YA novel is the only book they’ve ever read in its entirety.
So when I read Meghan Cox Gurdon’s complaints about the “depravity” and “hideously distorted portrayals” of contemporary young adult literature, I laughed at her condescension.
Sherman Alexie, “Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood”
this article continues to be amazing
This is exactly how i felt reading:
- Loser by Jerry Spinelli (a book about being weird or different)
- What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci (a book about surviving a fatal illness, an eating disorder, and watching your best friend get murdered because he’s gay)
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor (a book about an abusive older sibling)
- The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon (a personal memoir about a kid who tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire)
shit i wish i had 100 times as many books like those. i needed these books so much and i am so thankful to have found them when I did in my life. serious, dark, disturbing YA books are badly needed.
THE MOTHERFUCKING SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR THOUGH MAN.
DO YOU REMEMBER THAT?
IT WAS LIKE MOTHERFUCKING CHRISTMAS.
YOU GOT TO BUY BOOKS, AND THEY HAD TOYS, AND UGH SOMETIMES THE BOOKS /CAME WITH TOYS/ AND THAT WAS JUST THE FUCKING BEST.
Kelis Reading African American Science Fiction Author Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild & Other Stories
I am here for this
It’s a week of literary transparency! First was Neal Pollack with his book sales numbers, now it’s Patrick Wensink, talking about the results of a recent boost in sales due to his being on the receiving end of a cease-and-desist from Jack Daniels:
This is what it’s like, financially, to have the indie book publicity story of the year and be near the top of the bestseller list.
What’d he do with the money?
In the end, I bought my wife a pretty dress to say thank you for putting up with me and my fiscally idiotic quest to write books. I also did the most rock star thing imaginable for a stay-at-home-dad/recipient-of-a-famous-cease-and-desist: I used the money to send my kid to daycare two days a week so I can have more time to write.
It’s like Walt Disney said: “We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”