The Thursday Book Beat: #tothegirls Takes Over Twitter

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#tothegirls inspires Twitter (and brings Courtney Summers’ new book to the public eye)

Author Courtney Summers started the hashtag as part of the promotion for her newest novel, All the Rage, and it quickly went viral. The young protagonist of All the Rage is dismissed and shunned after reporting an assault. Women all over Twitter shared advice and encouragement with each other, giving voice to the experiences that have shaped them, and reminding girls that their thoughts and beliefs and individual struggles are important.

Internship program launched by Children’s Book Council and We Need Diverse Books

The difficulties diverse candidates face in attaining internships are very real, and this new initiative from the CBC and non-profit organization We Need Diverse Books is a step in the right direction. Interns will be introduced to editors and publicists, and be involved in various CBC events throughout their stint.

HarperCollins and Amazon sign deal

The publishing company reportedly signed the same type of deal Amazon struck with Macmillan, Hachette and Simon & Schuster. HarperCollins will retain the ability to set prices for their ebooks, but will be provided financial incentives to keep those prices low.

ALA reveals 2014 list of challenged books (and deals with controversy over its official poster)

311 books were challenged this year, and as the ALA report describes it,

A current analysis of book challenges recorded by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) from 2001 – 2013, shows that attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned.

Once again, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie was the most challenged novel. ALA’s poster for Banned Books Week stirred up some controversy of its own, as a discussion quickly grew over the problematic visual presented: a woman of color whose face is covered except for the eyes, and in which the placement evokes images of Muslim women wearing niqabs.

Taraji P. Henson memoir coming out in 2016

Toronto Public Library launches interactive poetry map

Southwest Airlines hosts readings as in-flight entertainment

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Angel Cruz is a writer and boy band scholar. You can also find her at Book Riot for endless discussion and flailing over all things literature. Ice cream, Broadway musicals, and Arashi are her lifeblood.

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