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February 2018

Black History Month: Book Recommendations from Claire Kann

It’s Valentine’s Day, so Let’s Talk About Love–literally, let’s talk to Claire Kann, author of Swoon Reads recent release, Let’s Talk About Love. We were drawn to Claire’s debut novel because of it’s absolutely joyous cover with an ebullient black girl on the cover, but when we discovered that Alice is asexual, we became REALLY interested in her story. Let’s see the diverse books that inspired Claire’s debut.

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Rookie on Love Blog Tour

It’s February 13th, which means it’s officially Galentine’s Day! While we celebrate our lady friendships every day here on the blog, it’s nice to have a reason to get together and toast all the women who influence us and make our lives better. Rookie uplifts teen voices through calls for submitals to their independent online magazine. We are thrilled to collaborate with them today on the blog tour for Rookie On Love.

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Of course, the theme of ROOKIE ON LOVE is LOVE. So lets uplift contributor voices and the theme of love today! I’ve created a playlist inspired by this anthology that surrounds the heart’s most intense emotion:  LOVE. Let’s find out a little more about Rookie On Love, editor Tavi Gevenson and our playlist selections after the jump.

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Black History Month: Book Recommendations from Jay Coles

When we heard that Jay Coles upcoming Tyler Johnson Was Here is a story inspired by his life and included themes of grief, gangs, friendship and the Black Lives Matter movement, we knew we had to get his input on book recommendations for this series. Coincidentally, and because the publishing world is exactly the size of an English village, Jay will also be featured in the upcoming anthology Wednesdays’s featured author, Ibi Zoboi, is editing, Black Enough: Stories of Black Teenhood in America.  We are so lucky to feature Jay on the blog today and learn more about Tyler Johnson Was Here as well as the books that influenced him to be a writer and create this particular, personal story.

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Black History Month: Recommendations from Ibi Zoboi

As the daughters of immigrants, Ibi Zoboi’s 2017 release, American Street, touched us both with it’s representation of immigration, the perils and heartbreak of detainment, adjusting to life in the United States while learning to rely on yourself in new and unexpected ways. We were thrilled to discover that not only does Ibi have a tremendous backlist of short stories  for us to discover, but she recently announced Pride, a love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice that takes place in Bushwick, New York, and also that she will be the editor of a compilation called Black Enough: Stories of Black Teenhood in America.  Let’s find out more about Ibi, American Street and what books Ibi read that inspired Fabiola’s unforgettable story.

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Black History Month: Book Recommendations from Brandy Colbert

Welcome to our first installment of Black History Month book recommendations! As we mentioned yesterday, 8 ya authors have given us diverse inspirational book recommendations and we’ll be publishing them throughout the month.  Our first guest post is from Brandy Colbert.  From ballet and sexual abuse in Pointe to siblings and bipolar disorder in Little & Lion, Brandy is unafraid to confront contemporary fiction and tough subjects head-on and so eloquently.  Her forthcoming novel, Finding Yvonne, is ya novel about a girl, her violin, love and pregnancy. She recently announced her fourth novel, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph.  Let’s find out a little more about Brandy and her forthcoming novel after the jump.

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Black History Month Introduction

Today we mark the beginning of Black History Month. Here at YAWednesdays, we love to celebrate, especially we can uplift marginalized voices in the community. In that spirit, we are devoting the month of February to black YA authors. Just like we did last year, we asked authors to help us do our favorite thing–stack up our TBR’s with diverse recommendations.  Specifically, we asked them all to answer one question: what books inspired them before or as they wrote their books? Every Wednesday and Friday throughout the month of February, some of our favorite authors will give you some diverse suggestions and insight into their inspiration and we’ll tell you a little about them and their upcoming and recently released books. So who can you expect at our month-long celebration and when?

None other than…

2/2 – Brandy Colbert

2/7 – Ibi Zoboi

2/9 – Jay Coles

2/14 – Claire Kann

2/16 – LL McKinney

2/21 – Tiffany D. Jackson

2/23 – Ashley Woodfolk

2/28 – Rebecca Barrow

We look forward to sharing these authors stories with you!  Don’t forget to check out our February 2017 post of book recommendations from Nic Stone and Imani Josey.  See you tomorrow for our first installment of 2018!


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