I’m so excited about presenting at this year’s KidLitCon!
1:30-3 Getting Beyond Diversity and Getting to the Story
Edith Campbell Crazy Quilt Edi
Hannah Gómez sarah HANNAH gómez
Jewell Parker Rhodes
While gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability add to who we are, they do not define who we are. And these differences do not define our stories. How do we teach, discuss, or describe diverse books without making diversity the issue? Should we? How do we respond to the perception that ʺdiverse booksʺ are only for ʺdiverse peopleʺ and deliver book reviews and essays that highlight what makes books universal for those disinclined to think diversity is for them while acknowledging readers who need and deserve to find themselves in literature? Presenters Edith Campbell, Hannah Gómez, and author Jewell Parker Rhodes will deliver an interactive session with talking points, booktalks, strategies and much honest discussion.
It’s an important opportunity to share my diversity message along with Hannah Gomez and Jewell Parker Rhodes. I am too outdone by these ladies!
It’s also an opportunity to meet folk in real life that I have known for years online, but never met in person, like Mitali Perkins, Natalie Mvondo, Charlotte Taylor and Laura Atkins. Will you be there? If so, please let me know!
I have several book reviews to write, some good, some not so much. I’m getting a lot of my reading done on the treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike these days. The better the book, the faster the time goes. Today’s read was Love Is The Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson. I went for an extra 10 minutes because of that book. It helps if the book is good, but some books, like some music are better for walking than others. The language in Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier is so creative and expressive and the action so passive that it’s not a good read for the treadmill.
Fitness gurus generally say that treadmills and stationary bikes don’t provide the best exercise out there, but
I’m pretty sure they’re better than sitting on the sofa and reading.
It’s tough having reading and quilting as hobbies. They’re both time intensive and both require sitting and that’s not good for someone with a weight problem! Ebooks make reading easier to accomplish while working out, as I don’t have to find ways to hold pages down and books open. I suppose audiobooks would free me up
even more, but listening to a book is a completely different experience than reading.
My ereader of choice these days is my Nook reader. If at home, I’ll use my Surface. It has a very nice page display that will include images. However, turning pages can be tricky on it and, the Nook app doesn’t work requiring me to read through Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). I took the device to the gym once, accidentally left it and decided not to take it again.
I have read on my phone (the BlueFire App syncs to ADE) and would have no problem doing that again if I didn’t have another device available. It’s just too small for sustained reading. My Nook is a 1st generation that was giving to by my son and daughter in law. No color, horrible formatting, no images… but there is just something about that old thing that makes me love reading on it. I’ll upgrade it one day, but I’m certain I’ll probably have a dedicated ereader for occasional reading such as when traveling, exercising or if no other format is available.
I do have so many posts that come to mind, but now they seem more appealing as journal articles rather than blog posts. I know that some people do post on their blogs about their article ideas and they generate in-depth conversations that probably enhance the article when it is written. There’s also the possibility, though of someone snagging your great idea! I have mentioned some things here that I consider writing about, but it rarely (never!) turns into a conversation. Perhaps I’ll try again in the future. For now, I think I’ll get back to Love Is The Drug!
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I’m actually looking forward to your presentation!My sister and I are such huge fans of your blog and will get a chance to be at kidlitcon as wel!! And I believe my sister Libertad will be sitting in as a blogger in Zetta Elliot’s panel! How exciting! Hope to the heavens we can meet! That’d be awesome!
I wish I could be there, and I look forward to your report on the presentations. Please say hi to your fellow panelists for me–that is going to be an amazing panel!
Oh shush, you are not outdone by us! Or at least not by me. I, too, used to motivate myself to go to the gym by bringing a book. I think it’s definitely better than nothing! But you’re right; some books aren’t meant for it.
I have the ARCs for Love is the Drug and Bombay Blues and I am so excited and so apprehensive about them! I will just die if they are not perfect.
@mclicious you rock! I hope to get my reviews posted soon. Maybe we can discuss the books at KidLitCon. I would love to talk about Love Is the Drug. It is such a smart, intelligent book with a black female lead. No one writes like that for girls and certainly not for Black girls!!
Lyn!! If I do nothing else at MidWinter, it will be to meet up with you! And pick up a few ARCs…
@yamulticulturaljunkie WOW! I cannot wait to meet you!! I’ll be at the panel with your sister and Zetta.
And Tanita Davis!!! Tanita will be at the conference!!
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