Ello's World

Be the hero of your own story

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badassladiesyoushouldknow:

Check out the list of amazing women who’ve already been nominated for the “Badass Ladies You  Should Know” interview series! I can’t promise I’ll get to interview them all (OMG Margaret Atwood) but you gave me a fantastic place to start.
If you’d like to suggest someone, use the form here. Any lady, genderqueer, and non-binary identifying creatives are welcome.

badassladiesyoushouldknow:

Check out the list of amazing women who’ve already been nominated for the “Badass Ladies You  Should Know” interview series! I can’t promise I’ll get to interview them all (OMG Margaret Atwood) but you gave me a fantastic place to start.

If you’d like to suggest someone, use the form here. Any lady, genderqueer, and non-binary identifying creatives are welcome.

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The Trung Sisters

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Vietnam, ca. 40 CEimage

The Setting

In the year 111 BCE, Han China conquered northern Vietnam. As was the custom, China assigned their own governor, To Dinh, to oversee the local leadership. The cultural differences strained the relations between the two countries….

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A Request for Awards Season

weneeddiversebooks:

The end of the year is coming, and that means awards season! Judges are busily reading books, librarians are compiling lists, and editors at the big magazines are discussing which books will go on the year’s best-of lists. We’ve seen some astonishing diverse books and authors this year, and the…

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We Need Diverse Books: A Guide to Spotting and Growing Past Stereotypes

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Throughout October, we’ll be partnering with We Need Diverse Books to bring you a series of blog posts full of helpful advice, tips, and suggestions for writing diversity convincingly and respectfully in your fiction—from people who know what they’re talking about. Today, Ellen Oh shares how to identify, then expand beyond stereotypes:

One of the most common mistakes I see when people try to write diversely is that they fall into the practice of writing a positive stereotype. After all, if it’s positive, it can’t be a stereotype, right?

Wrong.

A stereotype is a positive or negative set of beliefs about the characteristics of a group of people. Just because it is positive, doesn’t make it any less problematic.

Why?

Read More

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Diversity Group Announces Walter Dean Myers Award and Grants

fishingboatproceeds:

weneeddiversebooks:

We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a new award/grant initiative named after the late, great Walter Dean Myers: 

The Walter Dean Myers Award, which WNDB representatives have already nicknamed The Walter, will recognize published authors from diverse backgrounds who celebrate diversity in their writing and “[allow] children to see themselves reflected back” in those works

Read more about the initiative and check out our snazzy new logo in our exclusive to PW!

To quote Lee & Low, it’s really impressive to see how the We Need Diverse Books team has turned “a hashtag into real, substantial change in a very hard-to-change industry.” There is, of course, a LONG LONG LONG LONG way to go, but WNDB’s consistent, committed activism is truly awesome, and I’m very excited for The Walter and more changes to come.

Thanks to the awesome John Green for all his support!!

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Transgender Teenage Couple Transition Together (via The Huffington Post)

A pair of teenagers from Oklahoma might seem like your typical young couple, but their love story is unlike many others. The transgender couple actually transitioned together.

Just two years ago, Arin Andrews and Katie Hill hadn’t transitioned yet. The two had struggled with their identities throughout childhood; Hill had struggled with bullying. Then one day they met at a trans support group, after each had begun the transitioning process, and they fell in love.

Found this ridiculously sweet story today and wanted to share it with my followers.

SCREAMS LOUD ENOUGH TO BREAK WINDOWS

I am super surprised that this story blew up on Facebook.

Pretty sweet

Okay every time I cone across this in my likes I start making very very un-manly squeeing noises.

(Source: teresavampa, via shutiao)

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marielubooks:

Learned about The Young Elites hitting #4 on the NYT list right as we discovered a beautiful patch of flowers in Hood River, Oregon, all underneath a full rainbow arc. Completely overwhelmed. I love you all. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. <3<3<3

I knew it! Didn’t I tell the entire world how fabulous this book was for months now? Of course I did! So proud of my Marie!!

marielubooks:

Learned about The Young Elites hitting #4 on the NYT list right as we discovered a beautiful patch of flowers in Hood River, Oregon, all underneath a full rainbow arc. Completely overwhelmed. I love you all. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. <3<3<3

I knew it! Didn’t I tell the entire world how fabulous this book was for months now? Of course I did! So proud of my Marie!!

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nprbooks:

Junot Diaz, Ken Chen, Dawn Davis and Johnny Temple are just a few of the voices in the second installment of Lynn Neary’s series on diversity in publishing. (Here’s the first, and here’s the Pew study mentioned above.)

You can join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #whoisgettingpublished, or send us a story of your own experience here.

Impactful quotes and links to further information on the factors impacting what kind of authors you see on the library shelves.