Some of the things I saw today include
- a woman driving a car with Alaskan plates
- a woman near me about to pass out and I was there to catch her
- Bertha Davis, the author of the book Coming of Age in Mississippi. I didn’t know that she’s a local author!
- an interview with new to MG books author Sybil Nelson. Her book Priscilla the Great was just released
And, I saw an interesting article by Robert Lipsyte on why boys still aren’t reading. In it, he says
To me and I think to many prospective readers, today’s books for boys — supernatural space-and-sword epics that read like video game manuals and sports novels with preachy moral messages — often seem like cynical appeals to the lowest common denominator. Boys prefer video games and ESPN to book versions of them. These knockoffs also lack the tough, edgy story lines that allow boys a private place to reflect on the inner fears of failure and humiliation they try so hard to brush over. Editors who ask writers of books for boys to include girl characters — for commercial reasons — further blunt the edges.
I think he’s asking for authenticity of the male/masculine experience just as people of color expect authenticity. Just who are books being published for? I think about the only group giving fair representation would be straight white middle and upper class females.