Toughing It Out with Keith Negley

Nov. 27th, 2015 12:43 pm
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Cowboys. Wrestlers. Knights in shining armor. Even the tattooed motorcycle rider who has inadvertently hit a squirrel on the road. They’re tough on the outside, but sometimes “it’s not easy”—and sometimes they have rough days too. Illustrator Keith Negley’s new picture book, Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too), is a conversation-starter for young readers on the topic of masculinity and emotional expression. Negley doesn’t explore why it’s not easy to be a tough guy getting misty-eyed, and as the Kirkus review notes, doesn’t “delve deep into questions of gender identity.” But, as he notes below, Negley set out to merely break the ice, to note a reality—as the book’s title tells us—thaTough Guys_covert we don’t often see in contemporary picture books.

New PWP Draft Published

Nov. 26th, 2015 02:56 pm
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Posted by Ivan Herman

One of the results of the busy TPAC F2F meeting of the DPUB IG Interest Group (see the separate reports on TPAC for the first and second F2F days), the group just published a new version of the Portable Web Publications for the Open Web Platform (PWP) draft. This draft incorporates the discussions at the F2F meeting.

As a reminder: the PWP document describes a future vision on the relationships of Digital Publishing and the Open Web Platform. The vision can be summarized as:

Our vision for Portable Web Publications is to define a class of documents on the Web that would be part of the Digital Publishing ecosystem but would also be fully native citizens of the Open Web Platform. In this vision, the current format- and workflow-level separation between offline/portable and online (Web) document publishing is diminished to zero. These are merely two dynamic manifestations of the same publication: content authored with online use as the primary mode can easily be saved by the user for offline reading in portable document form. Content authored primarily for use as a portable document can be put online, without any need for refactoring the content. Publishers can choose to utilize either or both of these publishing modes, and users can choose either or both of these consumption modes. Essential features flow seamlessly between online and offline modes; examples include cross-references, user annotations, access to online databases, as well as licensing and rights management.

The group already had lots of discussions on this vision, and published a first version of the PWP draft before the TPAC F2F meeting. That version already included a series of terms establishing the notion of Portable Web Documents and also outlined an draft architecture for PWP readers based on Service Workers. The major changes of the new draft (beyond editorial changes) include a better description of that architecture, a reinforced view and role for manifests and, mainly, a completely re-written section on addressing and identification.

The updated section makes a difference between the role of identifiers (e.g., ISBN, DOI, etc.) and locators (or addresses) on the Web, typically an HTTP(S) URL. While the former is a stable identification of the publication, the latter may change when, e.g., the publication is copied, made private, etc. Defining identifiers is beyond the scope of the Interest Group (and indeed of W3C in general); the goal is to further specify the usage patterns around locators, i.e., URL-s. The section looks at the issue of what an HTTP GET would return for such a URL, and what the URL structure of the constituent resources are (remember that a Web Publication being defined as a set of Web Resources with its own identity). All these notions will need further refinements (and the IG has recently set up a task force to look into the details) but the new draft gives a better direction to explore.

As always, issues and comments are welcome on the new document. The preferred way is to use the github issue tracker but, alternatively, mails can be sent to the IG’s mailing list.

Look and Be Grateful

Nov. 26th, 2015 12:49 pm
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In an entry he wrote for Children’s Books and Their Creators, edited by Anita Silvey, legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recalls advice he was given as an illustration student at Pratt Institute in the 1950s. One of his instructors, Richard Lindner, had told the students:
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Posted by Ivan Herman

See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions. (The headers below link into the relevant sections of the minutes.)

PWP Locator Task Force

Following the discussions on PWP identifiers last week a task force has been set up, led by Bill Kasdorff. There were some discussions on the call as for the goals of the task force (this has to be cleaned up), but the general ideas are:

  • The task force should concentrate on locators (as opposed to identifiers) both for the PWP level as well as on the individual resources’ level
    ** I.e., dealing with identifiers (ISBN-s of different sort, ISTC work, DOI-s, etc) is out of scope, as well as the issues around fragment identifiers, hence also the name of the task force
  • The task force should dig into the addressing/identifier work described in the PWP document, should flesh out the details, possibly have some mock-up implementation, and identify if and what of this work would require a targeted Recommendation/Standardization work (either at W3C, or at IDPF, or in a joint group)
  • The task force should also provide input to the IDPF EPUB3.1 work, which is looking at a “browser friendly manifestation” of EPUB. The goal of EPUB3.1 work, in this respect, would be to be forward compatible with an eventual PWP work

There were also some technical discussion, emphasizing the fact that a PWP can be a collection of very different resources from all over the place, where the order of the resource access (reading) can be different from one PWP to the other even if they share resources. The locator structure should make this possible (e.g., via a manifest).

Planning PWP Work

There is a need for a more generic planning on where the PWP work ought to be going. The terminology-state-identifier-locator discussion has resulted in a more stable bases, and the task force on locators will dig into the details. What else? Ideas that came up:

  • Looking at the library and archiving community. A focussed work will be pursued to see what specific needs that community may have and whether what is in the PWP document is adequate or not, whether it has to be extended, etc.
  • The presentation control issue needs further work
  • Other issues listed in the PWP draft should also be checked.
  • Some sort of a proof-of-concept implementation is necessary to identify the necessary missing bits

For the last issue: Dave Cramer has recently created a simple mock-up based on the earlier discussion with, and work of Jake Archibald. (The repo of Dave is also available for cloning.) This is a tremendous start, and it has been agreed that Dave would give a more detailed overview on what is happening there on one of the next calls.


The Interest Group has agreed to publish the next version of the PWP document as a formal Interest Group Draft. Should be out on Thursday the 26th.

The group has been reminded on the need of having better CSS examples, and some further ideas did come up.

Atmosphere, Shipwreck, and Secrets

Nov. 23rd, 2015 06:35 pm
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I’ve been fascinated by wreckers—people who light false beacons on the coast in order to lure ships into rocky areas, then loot the vessel as it sinks—for as long as I can remember. I’d always chalked that interest up to Susan Cooper’s Greenwitch, but now, after a bit of Googling around, I’m wondering if I’m misremembering that, and if Young Leila discovered wreckers in some other book? It wasn’t in Iain Lawrence’s The Wreckers, which I read far later, and it wasn’t in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Go Down to Sea, because Enid Blyton is Not My Jam.

Making Room for Those in Danger

Nov. 20th, 2015 05:17 pm
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The Refugee Act of 1980 is now on temporary display in the West Gallery of the National Archives Building. Photo by National Archives Photographer Jeffrey Reed.

The Refugee Act of 1980 is now on temporary display in the West Gallery of the National Archives Building. Photo by National Archives Photographer Jeffrey Reed.

At the end of the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and Cambodians fled political chaos and physical danger in their homelands. Between 1975 and 1979, some 300,000 of these refugees were admitted to the United States through Presidential action. The law at the time restricted refugee admissions, and many members of Congress wanted to establish a more regular system of immigration and resettlement.

In the South China Sea, crewmen of the amphibious cargo ship USS Durham (LKA-114) take Vietnamese refugees aboard a small craft. The refugees will be transferred later by mechanized landing craft (LCM) to the freighter Transcolorado., 4/3/1975. General Records of the Department of the Navy, National Archives Identifier 558518

In the South China Sea, crewmen of the amphibious cargo ship USS Durham (LKA-114) take Vietnamese refugees aboard a small craft. The refugees will be transferred later by mechanized landing craft (LCM) to the freighter Transcolorado., 4/3/1975. General Records of the Department of the Navy, National Archives Identifier 558518

The Refugee Act of 1980 raised the annual ceiling for refugees to 50,000, created a process for reviewing and adjusting the refugee ceiling to meet emergencies, and required annual consultation between Congress and the President. The law changed the definition of “refugee” to a person with a “well-founded fear of persecution,” a standard established by United Nations conventions and protocols. It also funded a new Office of U.S. Coordinator for Refugee Affairs and an Office of Refugee Resettlement and built on already existing public-private partnerships that helped refugees settle and adjust to life in their new country.

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise the procedures for the admission of refugees, to amend the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 to establish a more uniform basis for the provision of assistance to refugees, and for other purposes, page one (Public Law 96-212—The Refugee Act of 1980), approved March 17, 1980 National Archives, General Records of the U.S. Government

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise the procedures for the admission of refugees, to amend the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 to establish a more uniform basis for the provision of assistance to refugees, and for other purposes, page one (Public Law 96-212—The Refugee Act of 1980), approved March 17, 1980
National Archives, General Records of the U.S. Government

Signature page of The Refugee Act of 1980, approved March 17, 1980 National Archives, General Records of the U.S. Government.

Signature page of The Refugee Act of 1980, approved March 17, 1980
National Archives, General Records of the U.S. Government.

View all pages of the Refugee Act of 1980 on the National Archives’ Flickr account:

Books for Healing

Nov. 20th, 2015 05:29 pm
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My favorite music podcast, NPR’s All Songs Considered, did a show this week called “Music for Healing.” In the wake of the Paris attacks, which included gunfire at a show in a music venue, the podcasters didn’t feel up to featuring new music, as they do weekly. Instead, they played thoughtfully chosen songs in an attempt to bring healing and provide “some space for moments of solace.”

The World Our Girls Live In

Nov. 19th, 2015 07:30 pm
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Our beautiful blonde, the one we admired and aspired to. They cry for her and twist their hands in a way they never would for me. This is what happens when a girl befalls a fate no one thinks she deserves.
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By Ozge Samanci

samanci-daretodisappointI grew up in Turkey, in the cities of Izmir and Istanbul. I share stories from my life during that time in my new graphic memoir, Dare to Disappoint. I found it was impossible to tell a story that takes place in Turkey without touching upon the clash of women and men, west and east, poor and rich, believer and non-believer, Turks and other ethnicities.

It is more challenging to live as a woman in undeveloped or developing countries and in lower socioeconomic classes. Turkey is a developing country. I was relatively lucky: until age fourteen I lived in Izmir, one of the most westernized cities of Turkey. Izmir benefited from the liberating effect of the Aegean Sea. Since it was a beach city, women were able to wear shorts, tank tops, and stay on the streets late at night. In my childhood, I spent entire summers in my swimming suit, climbed on mulberry trees, then jumped into the sea to wash the smashed mulberries from my face and hands. In terms of lifestyle, I had a lot more freedom than average women growing up in Turkey. That said, there were still challenges.

While walking down the streets, even today, we deal with the disturbing gaze of entitled men who unapologetically stare at women in Izmir, Istanbul, or any of Turkey’s big cities. Many men stalk women and verbally or physically harass them. I have memories of physically fighting with men or yelling at them on the streets. When I and other women would raise our voices at harassing men, most of the time none of the passersby wanted to get involved. Occasionally a few other women backed us up and we left the scene with a sense of having bonded. But the general understanding of harassment in Turkey has always been the same: if someone lusted over a woman then it was the woman’s fault. That woman did something alluring and deserved it.

We learned ways of being invisible to protect ourselves. We dressed very conservatively (no short skirts, high heels, make up, fancy hair etc.), did not walk alone, ignored the words of the harassing guys, and did not recognize them by answering. There is a cost to avoiding the problem: we transformed into what the system wants woman to be. Invisible.

In Dare to Disappoint, my initial intention was not to tell about these forms of oppression. But as I told anecdotes from my life, the oppression of women just naturally came into every part of my narration, from the streets to the education system.

In addition to gender, ethnicity and religion are also sources of discrimination and hatred in Turkey. Turkey evolved from Ottoman Empire. Historically, Muslims ruled Ottoman Empire but the population of Ottoman Empire was a mixture of Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Christian Greeks, Assyrians, and Jews. Unfortunately, today, many people show impatience or hatred towards non-Turkish ethnicities and religions other than Sunni-Islam. Since the collapse of Ottoman Empire, there has been an ongoing war between Turks and Kurds. The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, thinks being Armenian is shameful. He said, “Some called me a Georgian. Others called me even, excuse me, an Armenian in a shameful way. I am a Turk!”

If the president of Turkey thinks being Armenian is something to be ashamed of, it is not hard to imagine the violent mind of the ordinary citizen who defines him- or herself as a superior Turk. The entire religion system of Turkey serves the majority, Sunni-Islam. Alevi Muslim members of society are perceived as threats to the religion of Islam. They are accused of distorting the religion.

In Dare to Disappoint I tell stories about Turkish-Kurdish conflict, the planted hostility towards Greeks in school, and the polarization between Western and conservative Muslim values.

In Izmir, we can see the Greek islands with the naked eye. There are blue mountains on the horizon, and that is Greece. Even though we lived very close to Greece, I was in my late thirties before I had my first Greek friends. The two cultures did not mingle at all. When I visited Athens in 2013, I was blown away by its similarities to Izmir. The climate, food, architecture, life style, sense of humor, and people’s gestures in Athens were so much like of those in Izmir, yet Turks and Greeks perceived each other as enemies. When I went to the island of Mytilene in Greece, this time, there were the blue mountains of Izmir at the horizon. Turkey looked exactly like Greece from afar.

I believe, the fear of “other” is the fear of self. People who are unsure of themselves will always feel threatened when they interact with the “other.” The other has the power of reminding us of who we are and who we are not. One message in my book is this: whoever we are, if we are secure and content, getting to know the “other” will expand our horizons. We can then discover that there are blue mountains on both sides.


ozgesamanciOzge Samanci is an artist and an associate professor. She was born in Izmir, Turkey, and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Her most recent book is the graphic novel memoir Dare to Disappoint.

Dare to Disappoint is available for purchase.

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Posted by Daniel Cornwall

Today Senator Murkowski used Facebook to announce her call for a moratorium on the admission of Syrian refugees to this country. At 10,000, we’re only proposing to accept a tiny sliver of the FOUR MILLION seeking refuge. I think this moratorium is wrong and wrote the following message to Senator Murkowski:


Dear Senator Murkowski,

It was with sadness that I read your statement urging a moratorium on admission of Syrian refugees to the United States. I’m very disappointed that you turned a deaf ear to our faith community who urged you not to turn away the innocent. You claim you do not support such a thing, but an indefinite moratorium is the same as turning people away. It feeds the impression that “that the American people are no longer sympathetic or welcoming.” You have joined hands with 26 governors and every single Republican Presidential candidate who reject welcoming people at their time of need. Even your own Facebook page now has a number of comments from constituents who have equated all refugees with terrorists.

I believe your stance is a betrayal of the principles in Matthew 25 and of the compassion for immigrants and refugees advocated by Pope Francis. But I understand you cannot govern the country by Catholicism or Christianity. Unlike the leaders of Daesh, we have separation of Church and State.

However, your actions, along with the actions of all others calling for the barring of refugees or making the assumption they are a major security risk are playing in Daesh’s hands. Daesh tells all Muslims that the West is against them. That Muslims will be treated as potential terrorists in the West. That in the end, there is a clash between Islam and Christianity. By giving into the fears of some of your constituents, you have endorsed Daesh’s propaganda.

I’m sorry to sound harsh, but the modest security gains (if any) from the moratorium you are calling for are more than swamped by the propaganda victory for Daesh. Please reconsider your position, especially in view of so many things, including gun violence and auto accidents that take more lives than 9/11 did every single year.


Senator Dan Sullivan is on record as being harsher than Murkowski, as is Representative Don Young. I am sad that my whole delegation has given in to fear.


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Announcing Changeset Consulting

Nov. 17th, 2015 09:48 pm
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I'm delighted to announce the launch of my new business. I am the founder of Changeset Consulting, LLC.

Changeset provides short-term project management services to free and open source software projects. Need to expedite the releases of new versions of software, write developer onboarding and user documentation, triage and respond to bugs, clean out the code review queue, or prioritize tasks for upcoming work? Changeset Consulting lightens the load on your maintainers.

Details about the services I offer, my past work, and useful resources I've made are at I'm seeking new clients and would love referrals.

For now the shop is just me, but I'm aiming to have enough income and work by summer 2016 to hire an intern or apprentice, and to eventually hire full-time staff. We'll see how it goes.

I highly recommend Galaxy Rise Consulting, the firm I hired to design my website. Much thanks to Shauna Gordon-McKeon, and to all the friends and family who encouraged me on my way here!

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Posted by Ivan Herman

See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions. (The headers below link into the relevant sections of the minutes.)

Note that we experienced telco problems which cut some of the discussions a bit short and slightly chaotic…

CSS WG Examples

As agreed on the last call, the IG is supposed to collect CSS examples on typesetting issues the community has. This is an ongoing effort; participants were reminded on this. Some new volunteers came forward on the call.


The ARIA technology has two parts

  • The definition of the ARIA terms proper for which, in the digital domain, there is now a (soon to be updated) working draft
  • Mapping of the ARIA terms on the various Assistive Technology Interfaces available today; this makes it possible to use the aria terms with those technologies.

Richard Schwerdtfeger has edited a draft for the mapping of the DPUB ARIA terms. That should be complement of the DPUB ARIA term specifications themselves. The DPUB IG was asked to approve the publication of that draft (formally done by the ARIA Working Group). The approval was voted on at the meeting.

PWP Identifiers

Ivan Herman gave an overview of some of the proposed changes on the PWP draft. The new, proposed draft introduces changes based on the various discussions at the Sapporo F2F meeting.

Some of the proposed changes are minor: reinforcing the importance of manifests, or raising issues on how files on the local file systems should be handled by service workers. The major changes relate to the role and usage of identifiers, based on the specific session at the meeting (introduced by a slide set for the discussion). There are several aspects listed below; it has been agreed to provide more comments and issues on the draft and try to publish a new, official draft soon.

What type of identifiers do we have

The previous discussions included references to the fact that identifiers may have several usages (the work, a particular copy, a particular edition, etc.) and each would have to have several identifiers. However, it was also emphasized that the DPUB IG, or a future formal PWP specification, cannot decide on these issues. On the other hand, a clear locator, to uniquely ‘find’ a PWP on the Web, is essential. The proposal is therefore to include, in the document both an identifier and a locator; the identifier is stable, can be any kind of URN (i.e., can be a DOI, an ISBN, etc.), whereas a locator should be unique, and should be a HTTP(S) reference on the Web. Subsequent discussions made it clear that (a) the two URI-s may coincide and (b) it may be possible to have several identifiers. The PWP level metadata may include some extra relationships (e.g., on provenance) between those two URI-s, but, at this moment, those are not specified.

If one dereferences the canonical URL, what is returned?

Essentially, a manifest: either directly, or via <link> element or a LINK: header in the HTTP return. The role of the manifest, beyond containing additional metadata, is to “represent” the PWP as a whole.

What is the URL of the constituent Resources within a PWP

The URL of the PWP as a whole establishes some sort of a “context” for URLs. Ie, if the URL of the PWP is, then the constituents may be Ie, everything is interpreted with the scope of URL as the base.

This is a simple approach, though the Resources may be spread over the Web, so this may not be enough. An idea is to have some sort of a mapping within the manifest to map this view onto “real” URI-s in that case

What about fragments?

Fragments should not be defined by and for PWP. With this approach, the fragment identifiers are “simply” those that are defined by the community at large for the specific media type.

Cooperation with the IDPF EPUB 3.1 effort on identifiers

The EPUB 3.1 effort also looks at the issue of identifiers in a possible approach of “forward compatibility” with en eye on PWP. Details of this should be discussed. To be picked up on future meetings.

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With the end of the year comes Best Book season—as always, see Largehearted Boy for an ongoing compilation of lists—but because I like to read as many books as possible before choosing my favorites, I’ve got a whole pile to squeeze in before making any decisions. Because holy cow, my friends, the YEAR ISN’T OVER YET.

Judging People by Their Covers

Nov. 16th, 2015 03:04 pm
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By Zoë Marriott

marriott-darknesshiddenThere’s a photograph and a biography at the end of this post. Check it out now if you want. What’s your first impression of the person represented there? A pale-skinned, bespectacled blonde. British. First published quite young. Likes animals. That’s usually enough to give people a strong idea that they know who I am. But it’s not all there is to know.

If there’s one thing fiction is brilliant at, it’s proving to readers that nothing is as it seems.

In 2014 my first urban fantasy and the opening novel of my trilogy came out in the US. The Name of the Blade presented readers with Mio Yamato, a British-born Japanese heroine who is good with swords and almost recklessly valiant, her supernatural and seemingly perfect boyfriend, and a smart-mouthed best friend, Jack. Mio’s parents are out of the country on holiday and it’s up to Mio and crew to save London before those pesky adults get back and ground Mio for unleashing the monsters of Japanese myth onto the streets. Cliché cliché cliché. Right?

Well, I hope that the first book proved the characters had inner life and unexpected depth, and their world was darker and more complex than that.

But in Darkness Hidden, the second book of the trilogy, it was really time to start ripping back the reader’s assumptions. Mio, still suffering from the events of the first book, becomes paralysed with fear of making the wrong decision again, and all her ass-kicking becomes a sort of avoidance technique to distract her from taking more meaningful action. The perfectly devoted supernatural boyfriend is revealed to be psychologically fragile, maybe even broken, a habitual liar who seeks to protect himself by keeping the full truth from Mio. Tough, protective, physically capable Jack is left vulnerable and hurt. And the parents I’d so conveniently dispensed with in the first book? Turn out to have a great deal more to offer the story than either readers or Mio expected in this one.

I’m committed to diversity in my writing. Out of seven published YA novels, six have a protagonist who is a woman of colour (it will surprise no one that the single book with a white heroine is the most successful in terms of sales). Many of my books deal with mental illness and disability, and portray a whole spectrum of different sexualities and gender presentations. Sometimes people ask me why I ‘bother’ to do this, clearly assuming that my default must be the same as theirs — straight, white, able-bodied and cis. Surely it must be a lot of effort to include all these, you know, minorities and whatever?

It never crosses their mind that I might be among the minorities.

I don’t think authors should have to play privilege points in order to justify their choices. If someone wants to write books that are diverse, those books should be judged based on how good they are and nothing else.

But things aren’t always what they seem. That’s a good lesson for real life as well as fiction.

I hope readers will be intrigued and entertained by what I’ve attempted to do in Darkness Hidden — the gradual breaking down of what seemed at first to be the over-used tropes of urban fantasy. I hope they’ll come to see that their first impressions of the characters weren’t necessarily wrong, but that, just like in real life, what we can observe about a character at a single glance does not define them.

In choosing to write this particular series, which is set in contemporary London, has an all PoC cast, and pansexual, genderfluid and lesbian characters, I’m doing something that is vitally, personally important to me. Subverting the unquestioned assumptions I see in far too many YA novels. Taking characters whom all too often are pushed to the margins of the narrative, or even erased altogether, and offering them a voice, a point of view, and a story of their own.

I’m committed to diversity because I know how important it is to see your reflection in fiction growing up. I didn’t have that advantage, sadly.

What — not enough white-skinned blondes, you wonder? Oh yeah, plenty of those. But no one like me.

What my picture doesn’t show you, what my biography doesn’t reveal, is that I’m disabled, and have suffered with depression and anxiety all my life (I can quite clearly remember having my first suicidal thought when I was about eight). That my much-beloved family is mixed race. That I’m asexual, and after many years of work am now comfortable considering myself queer — although plenty of people (both gay and straight) like to tell me that I shouldn’t.

How many protagonists like me do you think I read about as a kid?

The best YA novels are not what they seem. They have unexpected depths and insights to offer that a reader will never discover unless they read on. And YA novelists — in fact, all people — are the same. Which means that, just as judging books by their cover is a bad idea, so is judging authors by their official biographies.


YA novelist Zoë Marriott lives on the bleak and windy East coast of Britain, in a house crowded with books, cats, and an eccentric sprocker named Finn (also known as the Devil Hound). Her folk and fairytale inspired fantasy novels are critically acclaimed and have been nominated for many awards, even winning a few, including a USBBY Outstanding International Book listing for The Swan Kingdom, and the prestigious Sasakawa Prize for Shadows on the Moon.

Darkness Hidden is available for purchase.

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Posted by Daniel Cornwall

“You know what pissed off Islamist extremists the most about Europe? It was watching their very humane, moral response to the refugee crisis. Seeing Europeans line up to help and embrace Muslim refugees infuriated and shattered the worldview of so many Islamist extremists. The Islamist extremist worldview says that we’re separate, different, hate each other and are eternal enemies. Wanna shatter the Islamist extremist worldview? Show them we aren’t separate or different and don’t hate each and can be eternal friends.”

via Why Paris shows that ISIS are losing and we who maintain the ‘greyzone’ are winning | Goldblog.

Interesting article about how a struggling Daesh/ISIS may be using attacks in Europe to get the West to support their view of a binary world. Let’s not give them what they wish for.

Filed under: current events, war

Big Laughs on Tiny Island

Nov. 13th, 2015 06:12 pm
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Just this past week, while traveling, that lovely thing happened where you meet up face-to-face for the first time with people you’ve only known online in the world of children’s literature. As I was having breakfast one morning with two such people, we got onto the subject of Tom Angleberger’s newest picture book, McToad Mows Tiny Island, illustrated by John Hendrix. (Because OF COURSE we were talking about picture books.) We discussed what a funny picture book it is, and I realized I hadn’t written about it yet, though I’ve read and shared it many times. I’m fixing that today, because it really is a totally amped-up and absurd kind of funny.
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