Thursday News: Nora Roberts in the NYT, BEA is still too white, EverAfter free books, and “Fifty Shades of Buscemi”
What’s the best love story you’ve ever read?
I have a very hard time with “best” and “favorite,” as this can change with the mood, or with the discovery of a new book or author. I often find the book I’ve just finished is my favorite, as it’s the one I’m so involved with at that moment. But one of my very favorites of all time is “Jane Eyre.” It simply has it all — a marvelous, compelling story told brilliantly, wonderfully realized characters, a gorgeous love story, evocative settings. And the madwoman in the attic. Hard to top it. –New York Times
Here’s my unmeasured summary: BEA has learned nothing from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. Exhibit A: An all white panel for the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast. Exhibit B: Jonathan Franzen as the keynote. JONATHAN FRANZEN, people. Because apparently authors of color and women are unimportant to the world of books. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE, BEA?!
Particularly, I’d argue, after an amazing American Library Association Youth Media Awards ceremony that spotlighted so, so many incredible, diverse authors and books. And probably even in Book Expo America’s best interest after the backlash in 2014. It would be a win-win, for us book lovers and BEA itself. But instead, the backlash is back, and rightfully so: . . .
It’s worth noting that the headliner at BEA this year is Jonathan Franzen, but there are no real details on what other authors will be participating. But if it’s not chock full of deserving authors and books that represent diverse perspectives, it’s a true shame, not to mention a total disaster for the legitimacy of BEA in the future. –Bustle
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