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When Books Aren’t Enough: How a Teacher Tries to Make Sense of School Shootings

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The Florida legislature is debating measures to protect schools from having to deal with the same tragedy as the school in Parkland faced last month.  A number of both common sense and controversial proposals have been floating around, from both sides of the aisle, on how to properly address the issue of gun violence, school safety and whether or not we are in a crisis of our own making or not. BookTrib Contributor Rachel Carter is also an educator who has firsthand knowledge and perspective about what is now our children’s biggest fear: bullets replacing books. Here, Rachel writes about her concerns, those of students and how with so many books out there about talking with kids about tragedy, grief…

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‘Representation Matters:’ LGBTQIA Literature Goes Mainstream

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From coming of age narratives to personal memoirs, literature has been exploring themes of sexuality for as long as people have been publishing stories. We often call this queer lit (though it’s important to note that some take offense at that term) or gay lit, umbrella terms to identify any type of narrative that features LGBTQIA characters. But in a culture that has long been dominated by heteronormativity, stories exploring alternative sexualities have struggled to find a place in mainstream publishing. Instead, books about LGBTQIA characters have often been relegated to smaller presses or niche audiences. If mainstream books even featured LGBTQIA characters, they were usually treated as the funny or tragic sidekicks supporting the (straight) main character’s journey. There…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: ICYMI! Our Top Picks from the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! It’s once again time for the annual Goodreads Choice Awards, where thousands of readers choose their favorite books of the year. The competition is stiff this go around, with three stages of voting and tons of awesome reads to choose from. Goodreads has always been about the readers, bringing together authors and their fans in a truly personal way. The Choice Awards are no exception, and is, according to Goodreads, “the only major book award decided by readers.” Which is why this is…

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ICYMI! Our Top Picks from the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

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It’s once again time for the annual Goodreads Choice Awards, where thousands of readers choose their favorite books of the year. The competition is stiff this go around, with three stages of voting and tons of awesome reads to choose from. Goodreads has always been about the readers, bringing together authors and their fans in a truly personal way. The Choice Awards are no exception, and is, according to Goodreads, “the only major book award decided by readers.” Which is why this is such a great chance for the book lovers of 2016 to let their voices be heard The Opening Round vote started on November 1 and goes until the 6, so if you haven’t voted yet, now’s the time!…

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