Young adult literature shapes our imaginations and our identities. We explore the world of young adult literature with help from some great authors.
We talk with Marni Bates, who wrote a memoir when she was just 19 that spelled out the reality of her teen life and her obsessive compulsive disorder. Then, the mother-daughter writing duo behind the best-selling supernatural YA series House of Nightexplain how their characters deal realistically with sexuality. Author Malinda Lo rounds out the show with discussion of her writing process while working on her debut novel Ash and her work researching diversity in YA. Finally, the Bitch staff has a roundtable conversation about the books that had a big personal impact on us as teens and read off some YA recommendations from Bitch readers;
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• All-star young adult author Malinda Lo has put together an annual report on LGBT characters in young adult books. This year, she found more YA books had LGBT characters—but fewer of them were published by the big mainstream publishers. Plus, there are significantly more male characters than female ones. [Malinda Lo]
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For this month's YA book club, Ellen Papazian asks Erin Blakemore, Jennie Law, and Jessica Stites what they thought about Ash by Malinda Lo. Add your own answers to Ellen's questions (or come up with your own discussion points) in the comments section.
Next up for the Bitch YA Book Club is Ash by Malinda Lo, a queer and feminist retelling of the story of Cinderella. We'll be discussing the book on Friday, July 1st, so you've still got some time to get your hands on a copy!
Ellen Papazian will be asking Erin Blakemore, Jennie Law, Jessica Stites, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and YOU to share thoughts on the book. Interested in joining the book club? There's no need to sign up! Just read the book and look for the blog post on Friday, July 1st. We can't wait to discuss the book with you!