We’ve had a heatwave here in NYC and I thought I might have pink eye but now I suspect I’ve just been sitting in front of the fan too long! My eyes are dry and I’m ready for a LONG nap but wanted to share some links with you before I hit the couch. My essay, “Navigating the Great White North: Representing Blackness in Canadian YA Literature,” has been published in The Centennial Reader. Not sure where they got that video of the sad black girl reading a book, but I guess it’s a nice touch!
The Summer Blog Blast Tour is on, and Doret’s got some great interviews over at The Happy Nappy Bookseller—be sure to stop by and learn more about Neesha Meminger (Jazz in Love) and Ashley Hope Perez (What Can’t Wait). You can find the complete schedule of participating authors and bloggers at Chasing Ray.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jacqueline Woodson this morning—and THIS time, I made sure I had plenty of batteries. We talked for an hour and I can’t wait to transcribe the footage; stay tuned for a link to the interview once it’s posted on the Ms. Magazine blog (extras to be posted here).
Lastly, after two years of un-/under-/self-employment, I accepted a new position today that will enable me to teach in my field AND stay in my beloved Brooklyn! I also got invited to serve as moderator on a YA panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival…more on that to come. Time for a little shuteye.