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“On Color” Prompts Us To Think About What We See

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David Scott Kastan, a  George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University and Stephen Farthing, an artist and elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Emeritus Fellow of St. Edmund Hall, the University of Oxford, have collaborated on this beautiful, and educational book about the history of color and how it plays out in the world through art, politics, perceptions and more. On Color (Yale University Press) encourages us to think about what we see, what each color symbolizes  and how it makes us feel.     According to the authors, scientists believe there are more than 17 million different colors.  Red is known to be the color of roses, yet is the rose red or does…

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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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Anxiety, Representation, and Fearless Women

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. What does it mean to be a fearless woman? Authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Robyn Bennis have a few ideas. In their recent works, both authors have explored what it means to be a trailblazer in male-dominated arenas. Kowal’s Lady Astronaut duology (The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky) follows pilot and mathematician Elma York on her journey to becoming the first female astronaut, and Bennis’ Signal Airship series (The Guns Above and By Fire Above) is a military steampunk adventure about Josette Dupre, who becomes the first female airship captain in her nation. To celebrate their role in Tor Books’ #FearlessWomen campaign, the two authors sat down to talk about the fearless women in their novels, the role fear plays in being…

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Black, White and (well) Read: Diverse Bookfinder Makes Diversity in Children’s Literature a Priority

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According to the U. S. Census Bureau, by 2020, “more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group.” Therefore, it will be important for literature, specifically books, to accurately represent the diversity of the population. Growing up as a biracial child, it wasn’t easy for me to relate or identify with anyone. From people I saw on television shows, to the characters in the books, no one looked like me— or, more accurately— I didn’t really look like anyone else. This was something that I struggled with far past childhood, and into college. Even my older sister and I don’t look that similar. She has a darker complexion, despite having…

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‘Welcome to Night Vale’: Chatting it Up with Author Jeffrey Cranor

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When you listen to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, it doesn’t matter if you were a fan from the beginning, or you became one after listening. Maybe you found it on Tumblr: the thing that becomes immediately apparent from the moment you first hear Cecil’s voice is that this is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Welcome to Night Vale is funny, sometimes creepy, always fascinating, and you’ve definitely struggled to describe what it’s about to someone before. Now, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the minds behind the podcast, have come out with It Devours! A Welcome to Night Vale Novel, following the 2015 release of their first, Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel. Booktrib was lucky enough to catch up with Jeffrey Cranor for…

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