Shadowplay Nominated for the ALA Rainbow List

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Yay! Shadowplay was nominated for the American Library Association Rainbow List but I didn’t notice until recently. Pantomime was on it last year and was even a Top Ten Title, so I’m super happy the sequel has followed.

The Rainbow List is “a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.  The Rainbow Book List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.”

Whoohoo! *throws rainbow confetti*

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Links & News

yalsaPantomime has been nominated for the American Library Association YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks list in the Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer-questioning, Intersex, Asexual individuals, and their Allies Category! Very cool and honoured to be included.

I’m interviewed by Malinda Lo on her blog for her awesome YA Pride event.

There’s a short interview and a giveaway for a copy of Pantomime at Books for YA.

I’ve been updating my website and have added some discussion questions and sample assignment prompts for teachers, librarians, book groups, or what have you. Spoilers, of course! I’ve also added a Works Consulted/Resources list to round up some of my research for Pantomime & Shadowplay.

Around the web:

If you are a comics writer, there’s a queer sci fi/fantasy comics anthology now taking submissions.

Here’s some 1910 postcards that predicted the future of year 2000.

Did you know Marmosets have conversations that sound strikingly human? Or that they have discovered a purring primate in the Amazon?

Michael J. Sullivan on When it Comes to Publishing it Pays to Think Outside of the Box.

Pantomime Shortlisted for the North East Teenage Book Award!

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Yay!

I’m delighted to announce that Pantomime has been shortlisted for the North East Teenage Book Award!

About the award: “The NE Teen Book Award has been running for 15 years and around 30 schools take part, with students aged between 13 and 16.  The readers themselves are responsible for choosing the winner.”

This is incredibly exciting! I’m looking forward to perhaps taking my first trip down to Newcastle for the ceremony in January/February, and I hope the students who read Pantomime enjoy it!

Congratulations to the other authors on the shortlist as well:

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Emma Pass, Acid
Paula Rawsthorne, Blood Tracks
Kerry Drewery, A Dream of Lights
Alison Rattle, The Quietness
Matt Whyman, The Savages