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Ellen Oh On “Crazy Rich Asians” and Representation

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Ellen Oh is one of the founders of We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity of multiple forms in children’s literature and publishing. She recently took to twitter to voice her dreams of more support for Asian American children’s book authors and illustrators with the stardom Crazy Rich Asians has been enjoying, both on page and screen. Representation matters to impressionable children as Ellen Oh pointed out in one of her tweets, “I didn’t see myself in any positive way as a child growing up in the states. It wasn’t until Joy Luck Club, written by an Asian American woman, that I finally understood the importance and the desperate need for representation.”   Hopefully, passionate advocates for this kind of representation…

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Women’s History Month: Authors Tweet Support of Women’s March National School Walk Out

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Women’s March is planning a national school walk out on Wednesday, March 14 in solidarity with the students in Parkland, Florida who have organized a National School Walk Out for March 24.  The purpose of both marches is to bring awareness to the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and to advocate for common sense gun laws that help keep both our children and our schools safe. Another walk out is scheduled for March 24 and is being organized by March For Our Lives, the organization started by Stoneman Douglas survivors. Wednesday’s March, organized by Women’s March youth group EMPOWER, will begin at 10:00 am EST and last 17 minutes— one minute for each of those lives lost at Stoneman Douglas…

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The Hot List: New Releases from John Green, Alice Hoffman, and More

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Every Tuesday, Booktrib brings you The Hot List: a list of the best new releases for the week, and this week, we have six books that everyone is talking about, and looking forward to reading. Authors like John Green and Alice Hoffman both have new books, and we know you don’t want to miss out on those. From miracles and mysteries to psychological thrillers sure to keep you on edge, here are the new releases for this week. Turtles All the Way Down, John Green Hailed as the “Most Anticipated” book of 2017, New York Times Bestselling Author John Green is back with a new book. When billionaire Russell Pickett goes missing amid rumors of fraud and bribery, Aza and her best…

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John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ is Finally Here!

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OMG, it’s happening! Fans have been waiting 5 years for young adult author John Green to publish a new book, and now that wait is finally over. His new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, comes out October 10th (with Dutton Books for Young Readers), and it’s already dominating all the pre-order charts. Green’s last book, The Fault in Our Stars, became in international sensation and a hit movie starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. About teens falling in love as they struggle with life-threatening cancer, the novel reached the kind of popularity that most authors only dream of. But Green is used to fame – in addition to being an award-winning author, he’s also one half of the crazy popular…

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Authors Tweet Support for Women’s Marches Around the World

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It’s safe to say that the women’s march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, January 21, was a huge success. The peaceful rally drew people from all over the world, with satellite marches popping up in cities across the globe (including Antartica!). The numbers are still rolling in, but some sites are reporting that there was an estimated three times the amount of people at the march than there were at Trump’s Inauguration the day before. Many popular authors attended marches around the country, and they took to Twitter to talk about it: Judy Blume tweeted a photo from the Key West march in Florida:   Stephen King joined a rally in Sarasota:   Elizabeth Gilbert shared some of the signs she saw at the…

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5 Tales of Strength and Courage that Capture the Spirit of the 15th Summer Paralympics

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Now that the fervor of the Summer Olympics has died down, it’s time to focus on the next big global sporting event: The Paralympic Games. Happening right now in Rio de Janeiro, the 15th Summer Paralympics run from September 7 to September 18. With short films showing the lives of some of the contestants, and the fact that this is the first ever Paralympics in Latin America, people are predicting that the Games will receive more attention than ever this year. The first disabled games were created in 1948 as a way to honor WWII veterans with spinal injuries. The Paralympics were born out of that idea, with the first Games open to non-veterans occurring in Rome in 1960. Since then, the Games have only gained…

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Literary Crushes: The Romantic Leads in Books Who Are Worthy of Your Affection!

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It’s no secret that a bunch of the books we consider uber-romantic are actually kind of creepy. Tweens found Edward Cullen irresistible, despite the fact that he has an over 100 year age difference from his 17-year-old girlfriend. Grown women find Mr. Rochester’s Byronic shtick super sexy, even though he literally locked his wife in an attic for years and dressed up like a creepy “gypsy fortune-teller” to trick his new squeeze into revealing her feelings for him. While we as readers can’t help who we’re desperately attracted to, a lot of the time even the romantic leads who aren’t bad boys still have glaringly problematic issues that I just can’t get over. So, here are some options for literary…

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Curb Procrastination: Tim Urban’s TED Talk Inspires a Motivational Book List

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Procrastination plagues the best of us. In this TED talk from TED 2016 in February, Wait But Why blogger and sorta-kinda professional procrastinator Tim Urban takes us inside the minds of serial procrastinators. He breaks down three distinct voices in our brains related to procrastination: the “rational decision-maker,” the “instant gratification monkey,” and the all-powerful “panic monster” that leaps into action as soon as a catastrophic deadline creeps up on us. However, what starts out as a comical breakdown of what’s perceived as a goofy, bad habit becomes an examination of what happens when we procrastinate the big-picture life stuff that doesn’t have deadlines, like reconnecting with family, working on relationships or getting fit. Urban pushes viewers to tackle those challenges without…

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5 YA Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2016

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It’s always thrilling—and a little scary!—to see your favorite book adapted for the big screen. Will the filmmakers be able to capture the intricacies of the plot? Will the actors capture the true awesomeness of the characters? For me as a big lover of young adult novels, the pressure is even greater: lately it seems like almost every popular YA book is getting turned into a blockbuster movie. Whether they turn out to be great adaptations, or real missteps, here are five YA books-to-movies to watch out for in 2016: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Written by J.K. Rowling in 2001, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a user’s guide (or textbook) to magical beasts in…

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Top 5 Heroines We Want to be our Bestie

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As much as I love my book boyfriends, I also have a soft spot for the ladies. I might not want to make out with them in quite the same way, but I definitely want to hang out, watch Netflix, drink tea and complain about our love lives. You know, typical girls’ night activities. I call these women my book BFFs; those characters I know I’d be best friends with if we were to ever meet in real life. And they were, you know, real. So in honor of those endlessly interesting female characters, here are my top five book besties, in no particular order. Hazel Grace: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green Diagnosed with terminal cancer and placed…

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Man Crush Monday! Book Boyfriends That Have us Swooning

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We heard you and by popular demand the book boyfriends are back in honor of Man Crush Monday (#MCM)! When I first wrote about my book boyfriends, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to narrow it down to only five. I’ve been voraciously reading since I was a kid, and at this point my book-crushes are a little out of control. How could I have skipped Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre or, as one reader pointed out, Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster? And while those two are definitely high up on the list, they aren’t quite in my top 10. Like I said before, a book boyfriend goes beyond a simple appreciation. It’s an all-consuming love, an obsession that continues…

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Get Your Paper Towns Fix With These Road Trip Reads

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I’m a little bit of a John Green junkie. His quick, witty writing style sucked me in at Looking for Alaska and I haven’t looked back since. Which is why I’m so excited for the movie adaptation of Paper Towns, out July 24th: The movie promises to capture the mysterious, playful feel of the novel, as we follow Quentin on his search for Margo after spending one perfect night together. The story turns into a pretty epic road trip as he searches for clues, and eventually has to confront the reality of the girl-next-door. As far back as On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, road trip novels have become synonymous with coming-of-age tales. There’s just something about a long stretch…

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The Fault in Our Stars cheat sheet (no spoilers!)

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The first time I read The Fault in Our Stars I cried for three days. I’m not kidding. Three. Days. My face was puffy, I gave myself an eye infection – it wasn’t pretty. But John Green, the author, King of Vlogs, and all around Internet-sensation, created such well-rounded characters and a full, realistic world that I’m not even ashamed of all the tears. Who cares if my roommates looked at me askew and avoided the living room that whole weekend? My heart was shredded. The movie version of The Fault in Our Stars comes out on Friday, and I’ve already stocked up on tissues. Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (who, coincidentally, both star in Divergent, based on another…

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From book to vlog to book: The Emmy Award-winning Lizzie Bennet Diaries reveals secrets

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I confess it. I love film adaptions of classic novels. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, especially since there are plenty of bad ones. (I’m talking to you, 1940s MGM Studios.) But just like a great song can transcend genres, great stories will survive and even thrive in adaption to new formats. A couple of years ago, a transformative way of retelling the classics burst on the internet with the line, “My name is Lizzie Bennet, and this is my life.” The brainchild of Hank Green (who, with his brother, author John Green of The Fault In Our Stars fame, turned vlogging into a lifestyle), and Bernie Su, a writer, director and producer, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a…

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