This week! Books!
We Need Diverse Books announced this week that they are moving away from the term #OwnVoices, which had been used to refer to authors writing books and characters that reflect their background, citing the vagueness of the term and lack of safety for authors. As others have noted, the phrase had already been diluted pretty significantly:
Sad news this week as longtime Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson passed away at 84. Scholastic was started by his father in 1920, and Robinson was responsible for Scholastic’s expansion into book fairs, shaping many, many childhoods.
Your annual “why isn’t there a [Netflix/Spotfiy] for books?” article is brought to you by Nathan Newman at Slate.
In writing advice news, editor Kristen Weber talks about when and whether to give up, J. Michael Straczynski has a great reminder that ideas are a dime a dozen and it’s the execution that counts, and Ashleigh Renard talks about how to sell books on TikTok (no dancing required).
And The New York Times Style Magazine chose Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison for its book club, and Adam Bradley looks back on what gave the incredible novel such staying power.
This week in bestsellers
Here are the top five NY Times bestsellers in a few key categories. (All links are affiliate links):
Adult print and e-book fiction:
- Freed by E.L. James
- Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Adult print and e-book nonfiction:
- How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
- Killing the Mob by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
- After the Fall by Ben Rhodes
- The Premonition by Michael Lewis
- What Happened to You? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
Young adult hardcover:
- Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
- Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Middle grade hardcover:
- Stamped (For Kids) by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi and Sonja Cherry-Paul
- The Game Master: Summer Schooled by Matt and Rebecca Zamolo
- Refugee by Alan Gratz
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling
This week on the blog
In case you missed them, here are this week’s posts:
- How will you publish your work in progress? The results! (2021)
- Utilize your protagonist’s perspective in a query (query critique)
Don’t forget that you can nominate your first page and query for a free critique on the blog:
And keep up with the discussion in all the places!
And finally, I really enjoyed this article about Naomi Osaka’s departure from the French Open and whether it reflects a time when people are rethinking ambition and their attachment to work.
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