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“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Removed From Delaware Summer Reading List – UPDATED

By Malinda Lo

danforth-cameronIn 2012, I was invited by NPR to review an about-to-be-published young adult novel titled The Miseducation of Cameron Post by debut author emily m. danforth. I was a little nervous about it because I don’t like to criticize about my colleagues’ novels in public. But I didn’t need to worry — Cameron Post blew me away. It was the coming-of-age, coming-out novel that spoke to me in in such a deeply personal way that it felt like it was written for me.

Maybe that’s why I was so ticked off to hear that Cameron Post was recently removed from a summer reading list in Delaware due to parental complaints about its explicit language. Cameron Post is a complex, multilayered, award-winning novel that cannot by any means be reduced down to the number of times the word fuck in used in its 470 pages. And yet that is what has happened.

The Story So Far

As first reported by the Cape Gazette, on June 12, 2014, the Board of Education of Delaware’s Cape Henlopen School District removed the novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth from the summer reading list for Cape Henlopen High School’s incoming ninth graders. During the June 12 board meeting, board member Sandi Minard noted that the book contains explicit and inappropriate language.

Board president Spencer Brittingham, who had not read the book but found some passages online, told the Cape Gazette that “I knew in less than three minutes that this wasn’t a book I wanted on the list.” In an interview with Delaware radio station WXDE, Minard clarified, “I have read the book.”

Shortly after the news of the removal of Cameron Post from the summer reading list, concerns were raised that the removal was related to Sandi Minard’s association with the Delaware Family Policy Council and the 9–12 Delaware Patriots, both conservative, religious-based activist groups. Minard denied that the book removal was related to these groups, telling WXDE,

“This had nothing to do with the Delaware Family Policy Council and it had nothing to do with the 9-12 Delaware Patriots. It had to do with concerned parents that came to us about the book. … There were about three actual complaints that came in. Then whenever the book became an issue, I sat down with a group of different parents — these are people that I work with, that are in my neighborhood. They’re not part of one group that these people like to come on and say that oh because she’s a member of the Delaware Family Policy Council it’s their baby, it’s their agenda. It’s not their agenda. I have not talked to anyone that’s a part of the Delaware Family Policy Council about this book. There’s been no discussion with them, but there has been discussions with neighbors and coworkers and other parents … those people have sat down and said, ‘No way, no way, this should not be on the suggested reading list.’”

The primary reason for the removal of Cameron Post from the summer reading list, according to Minard, was the usage of the word fuck. “I think that the number of times that the F-word is used in this book is way out of proportion for the other books,” Minard told WXDE.

When AfterEllen, a major website focusing on the representation of lesbians and bisexual women in the media1, heard about the removal of Cameron Post from the Cape Henlopen summer reading list, they took action, calling on readers to contact the Cape Henlopen school board to express their concern about censorship. They also reached out to a local bookstore, Browseabout Books, to make sure that the book was available to interested readers. Several people (including myself) have called Browseabout Books and purchased copies of Cameron Post to be given away free to people in the community.

In the wake of the AfterEllen coverage, board president Spencer Brittingham probably heard from plenty of irate readers, because two days later, on July 3, he responded by telling one reader that he would “request a reinstatement of this publication to the list, but a suspension of the list until our curriculum folks can vet this list appropriately.”

Yesterday I wrote to Brittingham on behalf of Diversity in YA and asked when he would request this reinstatement. Brittingham did not answer that question directly, but he did write back with this statement:

“I have to say from the start the book was not banned.  It was removed from our incoming Freshman’s reading list for the language content.  I have been informed from other outlets that some other books on the list also contain excessive amounts of profanity and that is why I will request the reinstatement of this book and request a review of the entire list for acceptance of the content of profanity.  Our code of conduct and school discipline arena has rules against profanity in our buildings and I don’t think we have adequately communicated this to our committee.  I don’t believe it is a school system’s responsibilty to say a child can curse and then attempt to punish for a code violation, if taken out of context.  What is the parent’s role in this?  Some parents are saying, we are right , some are saying, they don’t care, either way it needs more debate and follow  thru.  Thank you for your correspondence and please be patient with us, we will get this right.  I promise!”

The Pink Elephant in the Room

The Cape Henlopen summer reading list for incoming ninth graders is comprised of the 2014 and 2015 winners and nominees of the Blue Hen Book Award, which is an award administered by the Youth Services Division of the Delaware Library Association. Among the other books on the summer reading list are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, both of which include the word fuck as well as other words that could be considered profanities. In fact, using curse words is not uncommon in fiction — especially fiction that seeks to represent the real world.

As emily danforth told me via email:

“[I]f you have to ask teens NOT to curse in school (and enforce that) then clearly it’s an inclination of many teens, right?—so it stands to reason that those of us who write about teens might likely try to write dialogue and thoughts using vocabulary that’s true to the ways we know that teens (some teens—clearly not all) speak and think. I understand that some parents object to this and might say—’elevate their discourse, don’t just mimic it’—I do understand that—and certainly not every character in my novel uses profanity (nor do the characters who do use profanity ONLY use profanity) but how strange, to me, to equate these usages in works of literature with what you do or don’t want your students saying in the classroom.”

According to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, which tracks banned and challenged books, between 2000–2009 they received 1,291 challenges due to “offensive language.” The only type of challenge to outnumber “offensive language” was “sexually explicit material,” which generated 1,577 challenges during this same time period.

Anyone who has read The Miseducation of Cameron Post is unlikely to conclude that it is a book focused on profanity. It is clearly and obviously a book about coming of age as a young lesbian. There is, indeed, sexuality in the book, though whether it’s “explicit” truly varies according to one’s perspective on what “explicit” means. It is explicitly clear that the main character, Cameron, falls in love with other girls. They do more than hold hands and stroke each other’s hair, too — as do most young people in love.

The pink elephant in the room, as I noted when I posted about this on tumblr last week, and as AfterEllen noted in its first article, is the fact that Cameron Post could understandably be challenged for its lesbian content. For many of us — especially those of us who are LGBT, who have faced both direct and indirect homophobia for much of our lives — the idea that a book like Cameron Post would be challenged for curse words rather than lesbianism might seem a bit like protesting too much.

In her interview with WXDE, which brought up the question of the book’s lesbian content, Sandi Minard insisted, “It is only the language issue that was brought up.”

Board president Spencer Brittingham told the reader who wrote to him: “I can assure you that I am not homophobic and never did this area of the book enter the conversation.”

Is this really the truth? To me, it sounds like the argument that women aren’t hired (or reviewed, or acknowledge, or heard) not because they’re women, but because they’re not as qualified as men. Is the real issue that these parents have with Cameron Post the fact that she uses the word fuck, or is it easier — and more politically correct these days — to point the finger at the F-word than to acknowledge any discomfort with same-sex relationships?

We may not ever know the truth behind the “about three actual complaints” that Sandi Minard received. The fact is, the goal of book challenges is to silence people — and that silencing may begin at the very start, even with the true nature of why a book is challenged. If you deny that homophobia is on the table, it makes it very hard to fight back on those grounds.

The Context on Book Challenges

In the press about the removal of Cameron Post from the reading list, board members are quick to stress that the book has not been “banned”; it has simply been “removed” from a reading list. Yes, the book is still available in libraries and bookstores, but this is where book challenges happen now: on school reading lists and in some cases in author visits. This is the local stage on which censorship is enacted, debated, and sometimes (thankfully) successfully fought.

Here are a few links to coverage of recent book challenges:

  • The Los Angeles Times reports on the removal of John Green’s Paper Towns from a summer reading list in Florida.
  • Here’s The Guardian reporting on the removal of Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother from a summer reading list in Florida (again).
  • Bill Moyers reports on the removal of Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the curriculum of an Idaho school district.
  • Last September, NPR reported on Rainbow Rowell being disinvited to a Minnesota school after Eleanor & Park was on a summer reading list because parents were concerned about the book’s profanity.

emily m. danforth isn’t as big of a name as John Green, Cory Doctorow, Sherman Alexie, or Rainbow Rowell, but exactly the same thing has happened to her novel as has happened to these other books. When it comes to book challenges, the mainstream media tends to focus on those who are already famous. A book like The Miseducation of Cameron Post, an award-winning literary novel that hasn’t hit the bestseller lists, risks slipping through the cracks in these situations, and I don’t want that to happen. This happens far too often to other books that aren’t huge bestsellers: people don’t pay attention. Let’s not let this happen this time around.

What Can You Do About This?

As of today (July 7), many things are happening both behind the scenes and out in the open. If you’re concerned about the removal of Cameron Post from the Cape Henlopen summer reading list — and if you’re concerned that the board might realize that other books on that list also contain profanity and thus might also be removed — there are certainly things you can do.

  • Follow AfterEllen’s lead and buy a copy of The Miseducation of Cameron Post from Browseabout Books either to give away to a local reader or even for yourself.
  • emily m. danforth is giving away the entire uncensored Blue Hen list to a lucky reader: “All you have to do to enter is to use your twitter account (easiest for tech-challenged me to track and collate) to explain, in not very many characters, why you want/need these books. Use the hashtag #LeaveTheBlueHenListAlone so that I can find your entry.” So far, Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park), Erin Jade Lange (Butter), and Gene Luen Yang (Boxers and Saints) are also donating signed copies of their books to the giveaway.
  • If you’re near the Cape Henlopen school district on July 10, 2014 at 6 p.m., you might consider attending their school board meeting, which is open to the public. Here’s the agenda. I’ve been digging around in the Cape Henlopen school district board policies (download PDF), and it’s pretty clear that the board itself hasn’t followed its own rules regarding book challenges. According to section 110 on Instructional Methods, Materials, and Supplies, challenges must be registered in writing with the school principal, using a specific form; the principal must then appoint a committee composed of a librarian and two teachers to evaluate the challenge. None of this has been done yet. In her interview with WXDE, Sandi Minard repeatedly expressed frustration with local parents who don’t come to board meetings and then complain after the fact, declaring, “Come to the school board meetings. Show up and let’s talk.” I suggest we answer Minard’s invitation on Thursday, July 10.

Meanwhile, I will be following this story as it develops. I’ve been told that the National Coalition Against Censorship is stepping in, and if there is any news I’ll update this post when I can.


Updates: July 12, 2014
Update: July 24, 2014

  1. Full disclosure: I was managing editor at AfterEllen from 2006-08, and a regular contributor from 2003-2006. 

First Second Acquires KISS NUMBER EIGHT, a Graphic Novel About Growing Up Queer in a Conservative Community

First Second Books has recently acquired Kiss Number Eight, a YA graphic novel written by Eisner-nominated author Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by newcomer Leela Wagner. Due out in 2016, here is First Second’s tantalizing description of the book:

Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. It’s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can’t see that godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight. An exploration of sexuality, family, and faith, Kiss Number Eight is a coming-of-age tale filled with humor and hope.

Here are a few words from the author, illustrator, and editor behind Kiss Number Eight:

Author Colleen AF Venable: “I wanted to write a hopeful book about growing up queer in a conservative community—both in the present day but also in the past—inspired partially by my older sister’s coming out and the reaction of my very Catholic family, both good and bad. (How Catholic you may ask? Let’s just say it includes multiple nuns…who wound up being incredibly supportive.) There’s this obsession to box things in: Blue on this side. Pink on this side. But gender lines are much more fluid. Love is love, and if we had any control over it the world would be a lot less interesting. The first time I saw Leela’s art it was like an emotional train ran me over, backed up and ran me over again. All I kept thinking was ‘she is going to be a STAR.’ It’s so rare to find someone who can do depth and emotion but also brings the humor to a new level. I’m so honored to being working with her on her first book!”

Illustrator Leela Wagner: “When I read the script for Kiss Number Eight, I had this fantasy about if I were a decade younger, and I got to read this comic for the first time when I was Amanda’s age, and how much it would mean to me.  I remember the teenage feeling of a book having been written for me, and I think probably it would be one of those ‘I want to make comics’ or possibly ‘I want to be Colleen AF Venable’ moments.  So it’s an understatement to say I’m pretty pumped that I was born when I was and I get to be a part of bringing this story into the world.”

:01 Senior Editor Calista Brill:Kiss Number Eight is beautiful, witty, sincere, and surprising. Colleen AF Venable brings her pitch-perfect ear for dialogue to the table and Leela Wagner meets her stroke for stroke with some of the liveliest, most beautiful cartooning around. They’re a dream team, and this is a dream project: a teen graphic novel that tackles the biggest topics in teen life: sexuality, family, love, loyalty, religion, and, of course, minor-league baseball.”

We’re pleased and honored to share a sneak peek at two of the pages below (click to enlarge), and we’ll be sure to keep you posted about Kiss Number Eight’s release!

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2014 Book Awards Roundup

Here’s a master list of all the 2014 book awards highlighting diversity that were recently announced by the American Library Association, its divisions and affiliates:

DiYA is back on Tumblr!

Remember when we (YA authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo) shuttered Diversity in YA at the end of 2011 because we only planned to do this site for one year? Well … people kept asking us to talk about diversity! (A wonderful surprise!) And we realized that Tumblr is an awesome platform, and maybe we could continue DiYA in Tumblr form.

So now we’re on tumblr! DiYA on Tumblr is a little different than this website, but some things are the same. We’re still here to celebrate diversity in young adult fiction. “Diversity,” to us, encompasses race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, but there’s wiggle room, too. We want to celebrate books that are outside the mainstream; we want to bring the margin to the center.

What’s different? Well, since we’re on Tumblr, you can ask us questions! You can also submit posts. If you know of a diverse YA title coming out, or you have an idea for a great list of diverse YA titles, please submit. We want to know!

Another different thing: Back in our original form, we included diverse middle grade books. Since we’re both YA writers (and readers) and we don’t know much about MG, that was always a challenge for us. (We didn’t want to get it wrong!) So here on Tumblr, we’re going to focus on YA. That doesn’t mean we won’t also blog about diverse MG titles when we find out about them (submit!), but we’ve decided that it makes more sense for DiYA to live up to its name: Diversity in YA.

We think this is going to be fun. We hope you’ll enjoy our new incarnation on Tumblr! Any questions? Just ask.

Cheers,
Malinda and Cindy

Diversity in YA is baaaack! On Tumblr!

Remember back in 2011 when we (YA authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo) launched Diversity in YA, a national book tour and website that celebrated diversity in middle grade and young adult fiction? Well, we shuttered that site at the end of 2011 because we only planned to do it for one year, but … people kept asking us to talk about diversity! (A wonderful surprise!) And we realized that Tumblr is an awesome platform, and maybe we could continue DiYA in Tumblr form.

So here we are! DiYA on Tumblr is a little different than our previous website, but some things are the same. We’re still here to celebrate diversity in young adult fiction. “Diversity,” to us, encompasses race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, but there’s wiggle room, too. We want to celebrate books that are outside the mainstream; we want to bring the margin to the center.

What’s different? Well, since we’re on Tumblr, you can ask us questions! You can also submit posts. If you know of a diverse YA title coming out, or you have an idea for a great list of diverse YA titles, please submit. We want to know!

Another different thing: Back in our original form, we included diverse middle grade books. Since we’re both YA writers (and readers) and we don’t know much about MG, that was always a challenge for us. (We didn’t want to get it wrong!) So here on Tumblr, we’re going to focus on YA. That doesn’t mean we won’t also blog about diverse MG titles when we find out about them (submit!), but we’ve decided that it makes more sense for DiYA to live up to its name: Diversity in YA.

We think this is going to be fun. We hope you’ll enjoy our new incarnation on Tumblr! Any questions? Just ask.

Cheers,
Malinda and Cindy

Reading Challenge Winners & San Diego!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Diversify Your Reading Challenge. It was a pleasure to read your entries and see how reading has directly affected so many of you in such positive ways.

After careful consideration, we are excited to announce the winners of the Diversify Your Reading Challenge!

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Library Challenge

The winning library is …

The Howard County Library System in Columbia, Maryland!

Here’s how librarian John Jewitt described what they did:

We produced a sign for a display in the teen section at each of our six branches, and then asked the teen specialist at each branch to create and maintain a display that reflected the diversity in our community. Our goal was to enable all of our teen readers to see themselves represented in our collection, and also to encourage teen readers to develop an inclusive and open concept of their community.

And check out their awesome displays:

Congratulations, Howard County Library! You’ll be receiving all of these fantastic books to add to your collection.

But of course we couldn’t stop at just one library! We’ve decided to give an Honorable Mention to the Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham, Maine, which organized a discussion group for teens. Here’s how librarian Kathy Stevens described it:

Baxter Memorial Library and the Gorham Recreation Department’s Teen Extreme program partnered this summer for several different projects. One such project was our diversity discussion and display. The teens participated in a discussion, with the youth services librarian and identified ways that they could foster tolerance and appreciate the diversity they encounter at school and in their neighborhoods.

Here are the teens and their display:

Congratulations, Baxter Memorial Library, you’ll also be receiving a box of books for your Honorable Mention!

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Blogger/Reader Challenge

The winning blogger/reader is …

Angie Manfredi of Fat Girl Reading

Angie wrote a wonderful post, I Am a Good Liberal — Rita Williams-Garcia’s “One Crazy Summer” & Reflections on Diversity in YA, that really dug into the meat of the question we asked you to consider: how did reading these books affect you as a reader? Here’s part of what she said:

Reading One Crazy Summer did much more than just cause me to go look up Bobby Hutton and find out more about him.  (though I am grateful this book afforded me the opportunity to do that!) That’s too simple an answer to “how this book affected me as a reader.”  Bobby Hutton, One Crazy Summer, the question about what any of can do to change the country we live in and the world we’re a part of – reading this book was a reality check for a good liberal like me.  I know there’s always more for me to know, but I honestly wasn’t prepared to find it in a children’s book about the 1960s. …

It was more than a reality check: it was a reminder that the best books about “diversity” do more than fulfill check boxes in an effort to educate you.  The best books about diversity, like One Crazy Summer, get straight to your heart and your brain and open the world up to you – they make you, like Delphine,  ask questions about Bobby Hutton that are more than “So, who was this guy?” and are, instead, “What did he mean?  What can I learn from his life?  How can his life make my  life better and more meaningful?”

Congratulations, Angie! You’ll be receiving all of these fantastic books for your collection.

Because we received so many great entries in this portion of the contest, we’ve also decided to name three Honorable Mentions:

Honorable Mentions in the blogger/reader category will also receive a box of book prizes!

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Finally … We’re coming to San Diego this week!

Last but not least, just as the Diversify Your Reading Challenge has drawn to a close, our Diversity Tour is also wrapping up with one final event this week in San Diego.

Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
San Diego County Library Poway Branch
13137 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Highlighting YA fantasy and science fiction with authors Holly Black, Cinda Williams Chima, Karen Healey, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon and Greg van Eekhout

If you’re in the San Diego area, please come out and talk diversity with us one last time. We hope to see you there!

News from Diversity in YA

It’s September already, can you believe it? We can’t either. But we’ve got some great news to tell you about:

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Diversify Your Reading Challenge deadline extended to Oct. 1

We have received some wonderful entries from book bloggers, readers, and librarians to our Diversify Your Reading Challenge. Thank you so much for entering!

The original deadline for the challenge was September 1, 2011, but we’ve decided to extend the deadline until October 1, 2011, which will enable school librarians to participate as well. So if you meant to enter the challenge but missed the deadline, you’re in luck! You now have an extra month to tell us how you have diversified your reading.

For more information, check out the Diversify Your Reading Challenge page (where you can find the entry forms), or read the FAQ on this blog post.

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Diversity in YA is coming to San Diego!

We’ve secured the location for our San Diego Diversity in YA event, and we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve added authors Cinda Williams Chima (The Gray Wolf Throne), Karen Healey (The Shattering) and Greg van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World) to our event! Here is the final event and lineup information:

Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
Diversity in YA: Highlighting fantasy and science fiction with authors Holly Black, Cinda Williams Chima, Karen Healey, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Greg van Eekhout
San Diego County Library Poway Branch
13137 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Books will be available for sale from Yellow Book Road.

It’s a wrap!

We can hardly believe it, but the May 2011 Diversity in YA tour has officially wrapped! We’d like to thank all the authors who participated in the tour, and we also thank everyone who came out to see us. We had wonderful audiences who asked thoughtful questions, and we are so happy and proud to have made this tour a success!

Here are some recaps of a couple of the events:

And here are photos from the tour (for San Francisco pics, read this post)!

Austin: Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo at Book People before the event


Austin: The panel included (from left to right) Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Dia Reeves,
moderator Varian Johnson, Jo Whittemore, Bethany Hegedus, Cindy Pon, and Malinda Lo


Chicago: The panel at Barbara’s Bookstore included (left to right) Cindy Pon, Malinda Lo,
Nnedi Okorafor, and Claudia Guadalupe Martinez


Boston (from left to right): Sarah Rees Brennan, Francisco X. Stork, Deva Fagan,
Malinda Lo, Holly Black, moderator Roger Sutton, Cindy Pon,
and Maya Escobar (Cambridge Public Library teen librarian)


The awesome audience in the Cambridge Public Library’s beautiful lecture hall!


New York: The panel at the LGBT Center included (from left to right) Malinda Lo, Cris Beam,
Jacqueline Woodson, David Levithan, and moderator Cindy Pon


New York: Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon with the gorgeous DIYA display at Books of Wonder


New York: Some of our Books of Wonder panelists included (from left to right)
Neesha Meminger, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, moderator Cheryl Klein,
Kekla Magoon, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich


The fabulous audience at Books of Wonder (click to enlarge)


If you came to one of the Diversity Tour events and blogged about it, please leave a link in the comments so we can check our your post. And if you took photos of our tour, feel free to email them to diversityinya at gmail dot com so we can post them, too.

Finally, stay tuned — just because the May tour is over doesn’t mean we are. We have lots more fun (with prizes!) coming in the very near future.

We are on tour!

On Saturday, May 7th, we kicked off the Diversity in YA book tour at the San Francisco Public Library with an awesome event co-sponsored by the Kearny Street Workshop, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and the Philippine American Writers Association. Eastwind Books, a wonderful Asian American bookseller (Asian American bookseller!) from Oakland, came across the bridge to sell books.

We had a full house! Say hello to San Francisco:

Our wonderful audience!

Here are the authors who spoke at the event, from left to right, J.A. Yang, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Gene Luen Yang:

And here are the authors with our co-sponsors, from left to right, J.A. Yang, Ellen Oh (Kearny Street Workshop), Malinda Lo, Betsy Levine (San Francisco Public Library), Cindy Pon, Gene Luen Yang, Claire Light (Kearny Street Workshop):

We hope to see you at our other tour stops this week! Be sure to follow @cindypon and @malindalo on Twitter for on-the-road tweets (Cindy and Malinda will make attempts to retweet other DIYA tweets, too).

The Rest of the Tour:

Austin, Texas

Monday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
BookPeople
603 N. Lamar
Austin TX 78703

With authors Bethany Hegedus, Malinda Lo, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Cindy Pon, Dia Reeves, and Jo Whittemore, and moderated by Varian Johnson

Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Barbara’s Bookstore
1218 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

With authors Malinda Lo, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, Nnedi Okorafor, and Cindy Pon

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library (Main Library)
Lecture Hall
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

With authors Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Deva Fagan, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Francisco X. Stork, and moderated by Roger Sutton. Books available for sale from Porter Square Books.

New York, New York

Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Highlighting LGBT YA books with authors Cris Beam, David Levithan, Malinda Lo, and Jacqueline Woodson. Books available for sale from Mobile Libris.

Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m.
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

With authors Matt de la Peña, Malinda Lo, Kekla Magoon, Neesha Meminger, Cindy Pon, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Jacqueline Woodson, and moderated by Cheryl Klein

Diversity Tour is 1 week away!

Can you believe we are only one week away from the kickoff of the Diversity Tour? We can’t either! And we have some important last-minute developments to tell you about.

  • The fabulous Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief of The Horn Book, will be moderating our Boston-area event at the Cambridge Public Library on May 12 at 7 p.m.
  • The awesome Sarah Rees Brennan, author of The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy, will be raffling off a set of books by all the authors at the Boston-area event. That means one lucky winner will get free books by Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Deva Fagan, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Francisco X. Stork. Details here.
  • On Wednesday, May 4th, Diversity in YA will be the featured topic at the weekly YALITCHAT on Twitter! Several DIYA authors will be on hand to talk about writing diverse characters in YA fiction, including Malinda LoDia ReevesBethany HegedusNeesha MemingerKekla Magoon, and (maybe) Cindy Pon. If you’ve never been to a YALITCHAT, go here for details.
  • Our Chicago event on May 10th (Barbara’s Books, 1218 S. Halsted St., Chicago) will now be from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., due to a scheduling conflict at the bookstore. So, please try to come at 5:30, as we will have to relinquish our space at the bookstore on time.

And last but not least, Malinda created a video in which she counts down the top five reasons you should come to the Diversity Tour (zombies and unicorns included, of course). Check it out:

All the details of the tour can be found at www.diversityinya.com/tour. We hope to see you in the real world next week!