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2017 Hub Reading Challenge April Check-In

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:00

Hello Hub readers; it’s time for another Hub Reading Challenge Check-In!

According to my Goodreads shelf where I’m tracking my progress, I’ve got 15 books done for the Challenge so far. My now-standard approach to the Challenge is to load up on Graphic Novels in the first couple of months; getting my numbers up early helps keep me motivated. I love the format anyway, and I work in a high school, and have had a lot of success book-talking graphic novels to students who otherwise feel like they just don’t have time to read for fun when school’s in session. I’ve definitely enjoyed the ones I’ve managed to read so far (especially, to echo Anna’s check-in post, Paper Girls. That palette!! The eco-dystopian horror-show of Brian K. Vaughn’s We Stand On Guard felt terrifyingly plausible, and John Allison’s warm, wry Giant Days has been a perfect match for some of my seniors anxious to imagine themselves into college).

But the most delightfully *surprising* thing so far about my Challenge reading this year has been all the history! I adore historical fiction, so imagine my delight when I realized that Kiersten White’s And I Darken is only tagged so frequently as “fantasy” because of the “alternative” history component (it reimagines Vlad the Impaler as a girl). I love historical fantasy too, but I frequently crave more specificity of place and time than YA historical fantasy delivers, focused as it often is on action. I loved the imagined explanation for how one of history’s most notoriously ruthless figures could have become that way, and I learned a ton about the expansion of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th c. from the perspective of Sultan Mehmed II, aka Mehmed the Conqueror, who we meet as a young teen before he has conquered much of anything (well, maybe some hearts). This is the kind of historical fiction I wish I could find more of: stories that help to address the erasure of marginalized and non-Christian people from our (Western) understanding of historical events, and serve to enrich our awareness of just how diverse humanity has always been.

Right now I’m halfway through Julie Berry’s The Passion of Dolssa, and it is (so far) a deeply engrossing look at a (different) moment of religious fervor in 13th century western Europe. Like And I Darken, The Passion of Dolssa challenges the reader to set aside contemporary national borders and delve into what came before. This sense of the malleability of borders, and the complicated national, cultural, and religious identities they foster, is hitting hard for me right now.

Both of these books speak very clearly to the enormous influence and power of religion, to individuals and to power structures, throughout human history and that, too, feels apt for our current cultural moment.

One of the nonfiction titles I read, Sady Doyle’s compulsively readable Trainwreck, had way more history than I was anticipating, and I loved all of it. Each chapter contained a case study of a key feminist figure (from Mary Wollstonecraft to Billie Holiday), and all of it left me wanting to know even more about every one of the featured women.

For my next reads, I’m moving up to some 20th c. history: Meg Medina’s story of the Summer of Sam in NYC, Burn Baby Burn, and the audio version of Ruta Sepetys’ heartbreaking WWII refugee story, Salt to the Sea, which I’ve read but want to experience in audio.

 

Let us know how you are doing with the Challenge in the comments below, and don’t forget about the sortable spreadsheet! Here are the guidelines in case you don’t remember:

  • Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title.
  • Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) since the award winners and selected lists have been released and 11:59pm EST on June 22. If you’ve already read/listened to a title, you must re-read/listen to it for it to count.
  • Anyone can participate, and just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to win our prize for Challenge finishers. Non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Teens are eligible. Non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
  • Once you finish the challenge, we’ll contact you with details about creating and publishing your response.
  • If you have finished the challenge, let us know here!  The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on June 23. The winner will be notified via email.

Happy reading, all!
— Carly Pansulla, currently reading Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

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Fantasy and Tabletop Gaming Resources for Teen Library Collections

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:00

During the last working weekend before I took time off for graduate school, a teen volunteer emailed me.  He had transformed Ms. Chris into a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) character for the club’s next campaign.  This volunteer had initially struggled through his time at the library until he found his purpose: facilitating a middle and high school Dungeons and Dragons club.  Watching him gain a more serious attitude and excited to attend shifts, he helped mentor tweens and teen peers during the club.  The camaraderie and enthusiasm created helped convert the library into a popular Wednesday night hangout spot, ultimately influencing the addition of Dungeons and Dragons as well more fantasy-related resources to the teen collection.

One of the best ways to create an inviting teen library space is by starting a teen-led tabletop gaming club.  Using classics like Monopoly, Uno, Apples to Apples, Chess, Heads Up, and Jenga can initiate a starter club if D&D seems a little advanced.  If space permits, Twister and Giant Jenga are also hits.  These universal games can then become the gateway to other programs and showcasing young adult collections.    

One spinoff for those who love to role-play is a Dungeons and Dragons club.  At the heart of D&D is heroic fantasy storytelling.  Players create characters that often times are drawn from graphic novels, young adult fantasy books, and favorite television shows.  Led by a Dungeon Master, characters such as elves and archers go on quests for power, treasure, rescue missions, and battles.  For those unfamiliar with D&D, the set-up can be a bit intimidating.  What dice do you need, what books should you order, and how do you start?

As a mere and curious beginner, having knowledgeable teen volunteers as teachers and leaders can help.  A few must-have resources to start include:


D&D Player’s Handbook by Wizards RPG Team: As the D&D Bible, the Player’s Handbook has everything players need to know about developing characters, starting with skills and background history along with spells, animals, and equipment.  Depending on how many players you have, owning multiple copies of this book is essential for engagement and moving along the initial start-up process.  The D&D website can also help novice players begin developing main character traits before the Dungeon Master rolls other skills.

 

D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide by Wizards RPG Team: Another core rulebook, the Dungeon Master’s Guide helps the Dungeon Master weave tales.  A Dungeon Master can make or break a game and player engagement.  Other players can lack experience as long as the Dungeon Master possesses expertise and patience.  This guide offers optional rules and a variety of fantasy worlds to enhance a campaign.

 

D&D Monster Manual by Wizards RPG Team: A third must-have book, the Monster Manual is exactly what it sounds like: a book to create fantastical beasts and classic D&D creatures: Dragons, giants, and monsters, oh my!

 

D&D Starter Set: Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starter Set (D&D Boxed Game) by Wizards RPG Team: For those, like me, who all of this seems initially overwhelming but incredibly geeky awesome to, the starter set is a great way to go.  Even with an experienced Dungeon Master, the starter kit helps new and old players work together on their first campaign.  The kit comes with pre-made characters, all required dice, a rulebook, and a story to follow.  Once teens master the kit, they can move on to more successfully designing their own D&D world, which is extremely empowering.

 

Along with books, you’ll need starter dice including: 4-sided, 6-sided, 8-sided, 10-sided dice, 12-sided, and 20-sided dice.   Having plenty of character sheets is also a bonus, and PDFs can be printed from the D&D website.

For those who become entranced by D&D or want similar options with equal appeal, you may also add new games to the library such as The Settlers of Catan, SUPERFIGHT, and Magic: The Gathering.

 

  • Magic is part of the D&D family and can be played with just two people using specialized cards to create spells and destroy creatures.  

 

  • Catan is a board game where players build settlements and learn how to trade.

 

  • SUPERFIGHT requires players to use character and attribute cards to debate who would win a battle.  For instance, Hermione might be armed with Angry Birds but cannot stop sobbing.  Her opponent might be Sasquatch who owns a lightsaber and has brain freeze.  The group decides based on cardholders’ reasoning.

 

All of these games summon critical and imaginative thinking.  Many teens love role-playing as a way to take on a new persona and explore new realities.  They gain confidence and feel more comfortable in the library.  Surround them with fantasy book displays and chat up intelligent pop culture.  With Netflix releasing the second season of Stranger Things on Halloween 2017 and the possibility of The Big Bang Theory coming to an end, why not begin generating interest in fantasy and role-playing through games at the library?  

 

As for my character?  This teen had transformed me into a Ranger 3 Wood Elf from an artisan guild.  I rode a black panther and used my talents to benefit the world—it is true, this is what librarians do.  With this teen’s help, we transformed the way we look at library resources.

 

Christine Frascarelli is a current MLIS student at the University of South Florida, a volunteer for a literacy organization, and a former urban librarian as well as non-profit program manager.  She loves to travel the world with a good book tucked away in her bag.    

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Update on Quick Picks and Amazing Audiobooks @ The Hub

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:53

Greetings! As many of you will already know, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and Amazing Audiobooks lists have moved to The Hub in order to provide more in depth coverage of nominated titles and to allow for more virtual volunteer opportunities. (Read all about the details of the transition in this post).

I’m happy to say that our new team of Quick Picks and Amazing Audiobooks are now working hard listening and reading to books, and we’ll soon start having blog posts highlighting nominated titles.

If you have a field suggestion for a title that the blogging groups should consider, nominate using the Amazing Audiobooks form or the Quick Picks form. The full details on eligibility and criteria can be found on the Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Group Function Statement and Quick Picks Blogging Group Function Statement.

The Amazing Audiobooks blogging team is:

  • Ariel Cummings, Coordinator
  • Kennedy Penn-O’Toole
  • Beatriz Pascual Wallace
  • Melanie Wachsmann
  • Yolanda Hood
  • Katrina Ortega
  • Tommy Bui
  • Karen Perry
  • Erin Durrett
  • Amy Oelkers
  • Tracy Sumler

The Quick Picks Blogging Team is:

  • Dana Hutchins, Coordinator
  • Karen Lemmons
  • Jenny Zbrizher
  • Jodeana Kruse
  • Jessica Ormonde
  • Kay Hones
  • Lisa Krok
  • Laura Lehner
  • Allison Stevens
  • Carrie Richmond

Regarding Popular Paperbacks, regular (meaning non-selected lists Hub bloggers) will be compiling 10 themed lists a year highlighting “The Best of the Backlist” as a way to continue to provide information on popular books readily available in paperback for libraries.

Easily accessible links to an index of official nominations for QP and AA will go live in the righthand sidebar when blog posts go live, and all this information will be archived for easy access in the top navigation bar under the “about” tab.

Questions regarding selected lists? Please reach out to Molly Wetta, Hub Member Manager, at yalsahub@gmail.com.

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The Hub Seeks New Member Manager for 2017-2018 Term

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:09

A huge thank you goes out to The Hub’s current member manager, Molly Wetta for all the great work she’s put into the blog since 2015. Thanks so much, Molly! As Molly will be leaving her role as member manager in August of this year, YALSA is seeking a new member manager to begin August 15, with training starting in July.

Interested in the position? Read on after the jump to see the position description and qualifications and find out how you can apply. Applications including a cover letter and resume are due to alam@ala.org by June 1, 2017. Please note that this is not a salaried staff position, but a member volunteer opportunity. YALSA membership is required for this position.

The Member Manager will lead an advisory board and together the group will be responsible for the site, including recruiting bloggers and soliciting content submissions from the YALSA community. Also, new this year, the member manager will also finish the process of transitioning the selected book lists to The Hub.

List of Qualifications:

  1. Strong project management and organizational skills
  2. Ability to delegate work and to manage a variety of contributors and volunteers
  3. Dynamic, self-motivated individual
  4. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, in order to develop content and communicate with potential content providers
  5. Experience in web publishing with responsibilities including but not limited to: utilizing video clips, audio, and social media, maintaining a high standard of writing, and ensuring compliance with policies created for the maintenance of the site
  6. Knowledge of HTML and WordPress, which YALSA uses for administration of blog sites; as well as knowledge of plugins, tagging, categories, and other WordPress tools
  7. PHP knowledge a plus
  8. Ability to set and meet deadlines
  9. Knowledge of best practices and current trends in collection development for and with teens in libraries
  10.  Ability to work well in a team environment
  11. Ability to work well in a mostly virtual setting, including using tools such as Google Drive, Google Calendar, Skype, etc. to coordinate work and communicate with others
  12.  Personal membership in YALSA
  13. A commitment to advancing the recommendations YALSA outlined in its report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action.
  14. A commitment to advancing and supporting YALSA’s new mission and three-year organizational plan.
  15. High ethical standards and no real or perceived conflict of interest with YALSA or its portfolio of print and web publications

General Member Manager Responsibilities:

Oversight & Coordination

  • Communicate with the Advisory Board and YALSA’s Communications Specialist on a regular basis to generate ideas for content, assign tasks, discuss marketing strategies, and discuss site management
  • Work with the YALS and JRLYA editors and YALSAblog manager as appropriate to coordinate dissemination of information to members and the library community.
  • Maintain communication with YALSA member groups whose work relates to collection development and content curation
  • Oversee the remaining transition period of moving YALSA’s selected lists to The Hub
  • Follow all established policies and guidelines, enforce them as necessary and periodically conduct a review of them to ensure currency
  • Direct questions about sponsorships, advertising, etc. to YALSA’s Executive Director
  • Develop a calendar for content, based on YALSA events and activities as well as those going on in the larger community related to library materials for and with teens
  • Write reports prior to the Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting for submission to the YALSA Board of Directors

Seek Out & Manage Content & Contributors

  • With the Advisory Board review and edit content submitted to the site to make sure the quality is acceptable, that it is aligned with YALSA principles, and that it includes YALSA branding prior to posting, when appropriate
  • With the Advisory Board manage postings regularly to guarantee quality of content and appropriate tagging and category identification
  • With the Advisory Board recruit contributors on a regular basis, which may include but is not limited to: YALSA members, authors and teens
  • Communicate regularly with bloggers to solicit content, share news, motivate bloggers, develop a blogging schedule, etc.
  • Interact with and provide any necessary training to contributors as needed, including at ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting and via virtual means
  • Effectively motivate, support and manage a large and fluctuating group of contributors and volunteers
  • Work with the advisory board to manage comments and spam daily to guarantee that the blog content is appropriate

Promotion

  • Attend Midwinter and Annual to recruit contributors and inform member groups about the site
  • Answer questions and inquiries about the site in a timely fashion
  • Work with the Website Advisory Committee and the YALSAblog Member Manager to create cross-promotion of all YALSA’s web presences
  • Utilize social media to increase awareness of the Hub and its content

Technical Maintenance

  • Work with YALSA’s Communications Specialist as appropriate to update and manage blog software
  • Monitor new technologies as they impact the site: add-ons and plug-ins to blog software, widgets or applications for hand-held devices, etc.

Selected Book Lists and Bloggers

  • Select bloggers and coordinators for YALSA’s book lists: Amazing Audiobooks, Quick Picks, Best Fiction, and Great Graphic Novels for the Hub from volunteer applications with support from YALSA staff
  • With Coordinators, facilitate the work of these blogging groups on The Hub by communicating with bloggers about editing and scheduling of reviews
  • Support the dissemination and promotion of final lists
  • Work with the Advisory and the Award and Selected List Oversight Committee will oversee blogger training and leverage existing YALSA resources to do so, and develop new as needed
  • Provide a template and sample posts.
  • Communicate regularly with selected list Coordinators
  • Work with the Advisory Board will update and/or create guidelines for the Hub, including public comment guidelines
  • Sit in on virtual meetings of blogger groups, as needed
  • Offer guidance, support, and expertise for Coordinators throughout term as needed
  • Communicates with YALSA Board and staff regarding the possible need to expand into a co-manager format, and/or increase the size or change the make-up of the Advisory Board
  • Communicates with YALSA staff regarding any possible back-end improvements needed to the site to accommodate the selected list effort

The Member Manager will be selected by the YALSA Executive Committee by July 1, 2017. The term of the appointment is one year beginning August 15, with an option to renew for a second year, based on performance. The Member Manager will receive an honorarium of $500 per year plus $500 towards travel to each Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting while serving as Member Manager. Candidates must send a cover letter and resume, which includes management, writing and web publishing experiences to alam@ala.org. All resumes, etc. must be submitted via email. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2017. Please note that this is not a salaried staff position, but a member volunteer opportunity.

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2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:47

If you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to check out the list of the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominees in the video below, featuring some very special guest of the upcoming movie adaptation of “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon, a 2016 Teens’ Top Ten title!  Feel free to also embed the video on your library’s homepage!

View an annotated list of the nominees here (pdf).

Be sure to encourage teens to read the nominees so they can vote for their favorites later this summer! Voting starts in August, so be sure to visit the Teens’ Top Ten page for more info and updates!

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Booklist

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:00

April is sexual assault awareness month.  As some of your teens may have been a victim of sexual assault or knows someone who has, the following list may offer some assistance to help them cope.

In this reimagination of Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are school mates in a Connecticut boarding school.  When a popular boy is found dead, Charlotte has been blamed and enlists the assistance of Jamie to clear her name.

Breezy is an MIT bound student when she wakes up dead in a grave.  As Breezy travels the country, as the walking dead, she’s determined to find her killer. During her journey Breezy encounters some interesting characters including: a preacher, a banshee, and cast of colorful monsters.

Hermione is at her last year at cheer camp and she’s vowed to make this the best year ever.  When she wakes up and is told she was sexually assaulted, she then vows to not be a victim.

No one would describe Emma as likable.  She wears revealing dresses and flirts with other people’s boyfriends.  When a video of her sexual assault surfaces on social media, Emma’s friends and family become unsupportive and blames her for ruining those good boy’s lives.

Michelle has a rough home life and decides to run away to New York.  She’s scared and doesn’t know anyone but when a nice handsome boy offers to help, Michelle finds herself in the middle of a sex trafficking house.

Andrew knows it’s a matter of time before he leaves this world to become a werewolf but his friends at his boarding school don’t believe him.  The new girl at school wants to believe him but terrible events from Andrews past surface and it’s a race to get him help before he does something drastic.

Aidan’s has turned to Adderall and his priest to help him cope with his home life.  When his priest’s attention becomes inappropriate, Aidan reaches out to the girl he loves and his friends only to find out he may not be alone.

Quincy and Biddy have special needs but want to be independent.  While Biddy is an introvert, Quincy is an extrovert and when Quincy is assaulted the two women must band together.

-Dawn Abron is currently reading, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Vurtue

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Reading Without Walls Challenge

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:00

Graphic novelist, Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature mission during his term has been to encourage readers to read more diversely with his Reading Without Walls Challenge.  It is a simple challenge that asks readers to do one of these three things:

For the month April, there is a nationwide push to have every reader participate.

The YALSA Hub has long supported creating a habit of reading diversely. Here is a roundup of recent booklists that supports each of Yang’s three areas.

Hub blogger Dawn Abron’s ongoing series Diversify YA Life has had many great posts. For new authors, be sure to see her lists of Diverse Debuts of 2017 and Diverse Debuts 2016.

Also check out these posts:

Also check out our recent booklist on The Refugee Experience for Teens, as well as the following recent booklists with LGBTQ+ characters:

Don’t miss more award winning books from The Schneider Family Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Stonewall Book Awards lists.

We have covered a variety of topics from social justice to science, and created booklists to go along with them. Here are a few from the past couple of years:

SOCIAL JUSTICE

SCIENCE

We also have some resource on the following subjects:

For other great titles on a variety of subjects, be sure to look at the award winning books from YALSA’s Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award.

We love promoting the other formats that Yang is encouraging. Here are some lists to help with challenge area three.

GRAPHIC NOVELS

For many fantastic lists with graphic novels and comics, be sure not to miss Hub blogger Carli Spina’s ongoing series Women in Comics. Also be sure to check out our many other lists as well as the vetted lists from YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels.

AUDIOBOOKS

Along with the vetted lists from YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults we have a few lists of own. Check out these lists:

POETRY and BOOKS IN VERSE

We have many lists of books in verse to support this challenge. Check out some of these:

OTHER

Other formats to consider for this part of the challenge is a book in translation, check out some new 2017 titles with our Translated YA Titles for the New Year. Also, check out our posts that involve books aimed at younger readers with these posts:

Challenge yourself, challenge others, read with windows not walls.

–Danielle Jones, currently reading A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman

 

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Women in Comics: A Spark Of Creativity

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 07:00

Creativity can mean many different things in different contexts. While artists usually spring to mind as the most obvious examples of those who engage in creativity, they are certainly not the only people for whom creativity is central. This list includes several graphic novels about artists but also a biography of Einstein and a book about the creative process generally. Hopefully this list will help inspire readers to jump start their own creativity.

Creativity in Progress Amanda Hirsch. CC By 2.0

Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography by Sabrina Jones – Though her name may no longer be familiar to everyone, Isadora Duncan was a revolutionary figure in the dance world during her lifetime. In this biography, Jones captures Duncan’s philosophy of dance and manages to use her illustrations to convey the type of motion and movement that Duncan pioneered in the art world. She also dives into the controversy that Duncan’s personal life and political activities caused during a period when women were not often thought of as powerful figures in their own right. This book is sure to fascinate those with an interest in both dance and the strong women of history.

Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo by Sandrine Revel – Famed as a pianist of unbelievable talent from a very early age, Glenn Gould is not only a musical and creative genius, but also a perplexing figure. In this biography, Revel, who is herself a famed artist albeit in a very different genre, explores Gould’s life, including not only his artistic career but also his choice to suddenly end his career and disappear from the public eye. This is an enlightening look at a talented but conflicted musician.

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas by Pénélope Bagieu – Whether you are a fan of folk music or not, you are sure to find something of interest in this biography of Cass Elliot, one of the leads of The Mamas & The Papas. From her early career searching for work on broadway to the height of her fame with the group, readers will get a glimpse into Elliot’s life, ambitions, and talent. Clearly she was a creative powerhouse, but more than this, she was a woman intent on living her own vision of success.

Vincent by Barbara Stok – This biography of Vincent van Gogh focuses on his time in Southern France and his struggles with mental illness. Illustrated in bold colors with a simple style, this book not only brings van Gogh alive for readers, but also gives a clear view of his relationships. In particular, Stok highlights van Gogh’s relationship with his brother Theo. The love and support between the brothers comes through clearly and gives readers a window into van Gogh’s life outside of art. This is a great book for both fans of van Gogh’s work and those who are not very familiar with his story.

Einstein by Corinne Maier with art by Anne Simon – Creativity can and often does extend beyond the arts. Rarely is this more clear than in the case of Albert Einstein’s, whose creativity combined with his intellect to allow him to take science in whole new directions. This novel blends fun artwork with details of Einstein’s biography to bring his life and his work alive. Though many will know the basic outline of his life, this book highlights some lesser known details and doesn’t gloss over even some of the more negative elements of his story. It is a great read that will be interesting and relatable for both science enthusiasts and those who generally avoid the topic.

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry – Last year Lynda Barry was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the field of comics, but this work is a bit different from many of her others. Instead of story, this volume is a collection of writing exercises, notes, creativity advice, and other items that Barry collected and put together while creating and refining her utterly unique workshop called Writing The Unthinkable. This book will make you think about art, writing, and creativity. This is a great read, particularly for those not lucky enough to take Barry’s workshop.

Do you know any other comics about creativity and the creative process? Let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Monday Poll: April 2017 – 1999 Was An Awesome Year for YA

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 07:00

Happy Spring, Hub readers!

Last month, we got nostalgic about our most-loved YA fantasy from the 90s. In a result that should surprise no one, the opening volume of Harry Potter was the winner, with 34% of results. Runner-up with 26% was Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, so we’ve got a lot readers (myself included!) eager for the May release of the 5th book set in The Thief‘s world, Thick as Thieves. Fully 21% of you called foul on the feasibility of accurately listing and/or choosing actual favorites from the decade of YA fantasy that helped to provide the fertile ground from which grows the vivid genre (and genre-bending) work we enjoy in today’s YA. The next 3 results were quite close, with Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at 7%, Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy at 6%, and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust at 5%. 2% of us chose Diana Wynne Jones’ Dark Lord of Derlock. 

In the course of digging up 90s fantasy titles last month, I discovered that 1999 was a seriously *stellar* year in YA, giving us a bunch of standout titles still celebrated today. So we’re keeping the 90s theme going, and this time just focusing on this incredible list of books that ALL came out (in North America) in 1999. As always, let me know in the comments if there are titles I’ve missed!

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

— Carly Pansulla, currently reading We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino

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