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firstdraftwithsarahenni:

The inaugural First Draft podcast! A discussion with the lovely Sumayyah Daud, 24-year old author of the forthcoming BEGIN AGAIN, about radical happiness, Bill Shakespeare’s butt jokes, and #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

Show Notes:

N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Audre Lorde A Litany For Survival and Sister Outsider

NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month

Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.”

Charlotte Dacre Zofloya

Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper

Sumayyah’s blog post at YA Highway, “I’m Still Here”

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TitleEpisode 1: Sumayyah Daud
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I’m not advocating for silence, but for a restructuring of how we think about those of us underrepresented in the young adult publishing community. Instead of thinking of us as people that need to be lifted up or spoken for, consider us equals and the people who should be driving this conversation, instead of just grateful to sit at the table. I’m Still Here by Sumayyah Daud

Think about it this way:

There’s a group of us. We’re either whispering quietly because we don’t want to upset anyone, or we’re just out of your sight so you can’t really hear us. And then, all of a sudden, somehow you hear us or someone leaves the group and tells you or someone voices their frustrations to you. And instead of listening, or providing them a space to boost that voice so people in other rooms will hear them, you walk back to their private room and start shouting. And people in other rooms hear you and they say ‘wow this is so great I’ve never thought of this before’ and they keep passing it on.

But we’ve been having this conversation the entire time.

— “I’m Still Here" by Sumayyah Daud

catagator:

Ten 2014 YA books written by people of color. 

Feel free to add to this list and make it a giant resource for those looking to read more widely. 

+ BEGIN AGAIN by Sumayyah Daud

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uninnocent-elegant-fall:

sonicscrewingdarren:

teadalek:

#this is literally me and I’m only like 20

#this is literally me and I’m still a youth

#this has been me since birth.

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sarahenni:

The YA Highway girls answering tons of great questions #yahighway

Thanks to everyone who came to our first group signing event last week in Shelton, WA!

sarahenni:

The YA Highway girls answering tons of great questions #yahighway

Thanks to everyone who came to our first group signing event last week in Shelton, WA!

Hey Sumayyah - Pick an extra winner and I’ll send them that ARC of Libba Bray’s The Diviners!
- Kate
theravendesk:

SO IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR. The leaves are turning, Ramadhan is over, people are buying notebooks and crying over textbook prices. What better way to celebrate than with a pile of free books! The rules are simple: be a follower and reblog (once, if you please! I mean, reblog as often as you like, but a single entry per person). The winner get’s their pick of four books from the below list (shipping is on me!):
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Reese Brennan
The Hundred Thousand Kingdom’s by N. K. Jemisin
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Pirates! by Celia Rees
Eon by Alison Goodman
These are all paperbacks, and all my favorites. They are all brilliantly executed novels with some element of the fantastic and all manage to be inclusive in their diversity. The giveaway runs untilSeptember 15.
Also, because of the fact that I’m a broke writer/book seller/college student, entries are limited to the USA and Canada because I can’t afford to send out four books internationally.

Hey Sumayyah - Pick an extra winner and I’ll send them that ARC of Libba Bray’s The Diviners!

- Kate

theravendesk:

SO IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR. The leaves are turning, Ramadhan is over, people are buying notebooks and crying over textbook prices. What better way to celebrate than with a pile of free books! The rules are simple: be a follower and reblog (once, if you please! I mean, reblog as often as you like, but a single entry per person). The winner get’s their pick of four books from the below list (shipping is on me!):

  • The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Reese Brennan
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdom’s by N. K. Jemisin
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  • Pirates! by Celia Rees
  • Eon by Alison Goodman

These are all paperbacks, and all my favorites. They are all brilliantly executed novels with some element of the fantastic and all manage to be inclusive in their diversity. The giveaway runs untilSeptember 15.

Also, because of the fact that I’m a broke writer/book seller/college student, entries are limited to the USA and Canada because I can’t afford to send out four books internationally.

(via sumayyahdaud)

If your parents come knocking for some parent/child time, just yell this term paper is due on Tuesday, don’t you care at all about my future?! It will work, and your parents will also feel guilty and give you at least three hours of uninterrupted work time. Which you can use to Tumbl. — Contributor Sumayyah Daud on using The Crazy to avoid family engagements in order to WRITE ALL THE THINGS.