Author: Stephanie Tran

SacAnime 2017: Powered by Passion

I had no idea what to expect heading into SacAnime. Even the host city, Sacramento, is known pretty much only for being the capital of California (the reason for which, I found out from a native Californian friend, was because the original location in San Jose flooded) rather than any sort of unique culture (i.e., San Francisco) or industry (i.e., Los Angeles). I did know that SacAnime was facing competition in the form of San Francisco ComicCon (SFCC),which was taking place across the Bay in San Francisco. SFCC is only two years old to SacAnime’s thirteen, and I wondered...

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Book Beat: 2017 Man Booker Prize and More Genius Grant Winners

Hi all, Stephanie here! This week’s Book Beat may seem to be all over the place, but there are two themes that a lot of this news shares: diversity and change. I’m a pretty outspoken supporter for diversity, but I’m less enthused about change in general. I’ve especially been trying to embrace change in my personal life after being stagnant for over a year. It can be very scary to realize that the world will change whether we want it to or not, but for me it’s also been important to see change as not inherently good or bad....

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Book Beat: Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Hello all, Stephanie here! There’s been a lot going on in the book world lately, from more award announcements to surprising industry collaborations. So, let’s get right to it with this week’s Book Beat! Double Book Birthdays for Nnedi Okorafor Fans of Dr. Nnedi Okorafor have a lot to celebrate right now. Her latest novel Akata Warrior, the sequel to Akata Witch, came out on Tuesday to rave reviews. And it’s official – there will be a third Akata book added to the acclaimed series! Dr. Okorafor recently contributed to 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of STAR WARS, which was also released this week. If you ever...

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Book Beat: They Can’t Kill Us All

Hello all, Stephanie here again!  I was excited to find that there’s been a lot going on in the book and publishing industry this past week surrounding female authors, writers, and characters, particularly black women. Let’s get into it! In YA book news, the second book in Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper Cypher series, Shadowhouse Fall, came out on Tuesday and production on the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas started last week! Both books feature black teenage girls as the main protagonist. Interested? You can read the WWAC reviews of book one in the Shadowshaper Cypher series...

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Book Beat: 19 Years Later and Other New Beginnings

Hello all! Hope you’re all doing well. I’m currently battling a cold that I got from a con (as teased here), so what better thing for me to do than read while I’m resting up? Other than sleep, I mean. This week’s book news seems pretty dispiriting, but at times like these I notice that life is often cyclical. Endings can herald new beginnings, so there really is no definite “end” to anything. Things are only transformed into something else: a new song, a new story, or a new experience. It’s nice to remember the positive side of these things, especially when...

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