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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

We Come of Age More than Once

Last week was pretty exciting, in large part because so many people were sharing and commenting on the list of lesser-known coming-of-age novels I wrote for Publishers Weekly:


While it felt good to notice that seven out of the ten novels on my list were written by women, I did NOT feel good about the lack of ethnic and cultural diversity. It feels kind of insane to have to admit how clueless I have been regarding the blinding whiteness of the publishing industry. Read this School Library Journal piece by Zetta Elliott and you’ll see what I mean.

What I do feel good about is that we are talking about this lack of diversity. (More on this subject when I have more time. Right now I have to get ready to head back to NYC for Nova’s book launch!)

For now, I will leave you with a photo of the beautiful irises my friend Keith gave me for my launch. I meant to blog this along with the rest of the photos.





1 Comment to We Come of Age More than Once

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    March 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I have read all of L.M. Montgomery, so at least I read one as a child.

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