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.
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.
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!
February might be a short month, but it sure isn’t short on YA Releases! Which one of these February books will be your Valentine?
It’s release week for Sara Holland’s Everless, and I am absolutely ecstatic to be on the blog tour today! Everless is a world where time is currency and danger lurks around every corner for Jules, who must return to her childhood home to repay some debts. It’s thrilling and will completely suck you in from the first page.
For today’s post, author Sara Holland has curated a special playlist to accompany certain scenes in the book for your, so without further ado, let’s learn about Everless, Sara and this amazing fantasy world she has created!
I want to add that I finished Everless last night and this is an actual video of me listening to Sara’s playlist.
Happy New Year! This year in YA we have evil faeries, meet-cutes, Valkyrie, twin sisters, Nightwalkers, clock towers, gunslingers, train car romances, the Hinterland…and that’s just in January! Even if you re-set your TBR on New Year’s Day, OTWB will have it full in no time. Let’s get reading!