Welcome to Diversity in YA Fiction!
Earlier this year, Malinda Lo and I discovered that we’ll both have Asian-inspired young adult fantasies releasing around the same time in April 2011 (Malinda’s Huntress and my Fury of the Phoenix). We decided this was a wonderful excuse to have a celebration!
After lots of brainstorming, we decided that we would join forces to do a four-city tour in May 2011. But we also decided to invite other authors, who have backgrounds or wrote diverse characters in their middle grade or young adult novels, to join us. Their response was enthusiastic, and we are so excited for this tour! We hope you are as well!
Right now we’re in the middle of lining up locations for our tour, and in the meantime, we wanted to launch this website to spread the news about the tour. As soon as our authors and locations are finalized, we’ll announce it right here.
Leading up to our tour, we’ll be inviting guest posts from authors, featuring books that include diversity, and encouraging all readers of YA fiction to read widely — and read a lot! So if you’d like to be the first to get the news about our tour locations and who will be joining us (we can promise some truly fabulous writers), just sign up for our mailing list and we’ll keep you up to date. (Plus, there may be some swag involved.)
And please do help spread the word! We are an entirely grassroots, labor-of-love, DIY tour, and we can’t wait to get to know you.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.diversityinya.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/cindy_pon_foto1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]my debut, SILVER PHOENIX : Beyond the Kingdom of Xia was released on APRIL 28, 2009. it’s a young adult fantasy inspired by ancient china published by greenwillow books, an imprint of harpercollins. the sequel, FURY OF THE PHOENIX will be released 3/29/2011. a children’s picture book with my chinese brush art is also in the works![/author_info] [/author]