#BookBingoNW2020: Neuro-diverse protagonist or author

In this year’s Book Bingo, the neuro-diverse protagonist or author square invites us to journey into the world of a person whose modes of thinking and ways of processing the world differ from those of the mainstream population. Neurodiversity, often associated with disabilities like autism or ADHD, can sometimes lead to deep connections, groundbreaking insights, innovation, and art. It can also pose significant, sometimes disabling challenges for those who experience it—the world can be very loud, bright and filled with social expectations that a neuro-diverse person may not be able to intuit, or may not wish to fulfill.

In this list, we aim to transcend stereotypes and elevate the voices of neurodivergent people by highlighting four authors who are themselves neuro-diverse, and six books by those authors—fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and graphic novel—which feature neuro-diverse characters

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Bus Reads for January

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in January:

40180117 The Wall by John Lanchester. Due to climate change an island nation has built a wall to keep out the Others – those adrift. Each citizen is assigned wall duty for two years. The most recent defender is Joseph Kavanagh and we join him on his journey. One of the biggest worries on the wall is if the Others do attack and get through, a defender gets sent out to sea in their place. So, so good!

 

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Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett. Just an all around good story of a family after loss – coming to terms with grief and how it manifests in all of us. Jessa has taken over the family’s taxidermy business after her father commits suicide. The business however is struggling and so is everyone else in the family. Trying to hold everything together is taking its toll and the family will have to come to terms with a multitude of losses and failures to find themselves again. I loved how the author delves into the brokenness of the characters, but also how they all fit together, and, honestly, of how great a team they are when they finally start to breathe again. This one is definitely on my favorites list. Continue reading “Bus Reads for January”

Bus Reads for July

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in July:

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde. I really enjoyed this book, I think the only issue I sometimes have with Jasper is that it sometimes feels like in his books there are inside jokes I’m not aware of so it takes me a bit longer to truly get into his novels. Once I’m in it though and things start to come together better in my mind I’m good to go. And this was quite a tricky little novel that really kept me reading. I don’t want to give too much away, but the concept of hibernation during winter – considering the current way of the world – was brilliant. It was dystopian light with intrigue and suspense, but in a completely nerdy way. Continue reading “Bus Reads for July”

2019 Lambda Literary Awards: LGBTQ Titles for Children and Young Adults

The 2019 Lammy Award finalists were announced earlier this month, and there are eight contenders in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category.  Among them are some of our favorite recent titles, including last year’s National Book Award Winner The Poet X and both(!) of Kheryn Callender’s novels.  We were especially pleased at the diversity of both authors and character voices in this year’s finalists!

Here are the titles being considered for the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards for children and teens:

The Poet X by Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Navigating the world has become exponentially more difficult now that Xiomara has a woman’s body, but while her physical self has gained attention the rest of her goes unnoticed.  Xiomara has plenty to say, though, and an invite to the school’s poetry slam allows her to kick open a door she never knew existed.  Told in verse, this is a raw and intimate portrait of a young woman finding the courage to use her voice and make herself heard. Continue reading “2019 Lambda Literary Awards: LGBTQ Titles for Children and Young Adults”

New African American Fiction for Teens

2019 is already shaping up to be an excellent year in African American fiction for youth.  Here are a few recent and upcoming titles that are on our radar:

Book cover image for Black EnoughBlack Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi
Seventeen different authors explore what it means to be a Black American teenager today in this outstanding collection of short stories. While some stories explore issues that are relevant to all teens, like family and coming of age, others deftly explore the intersectionality of race, gender, or sexual orientation.  Edited by Ibi Zoboi, this collection includes a nice mix of established and up-and-coming authors. Continue reading “New African American Fiction for Teens”