From the Library: Get Ready for our Online YA Book Club!

Have you heard about our online YA book club? It starts this Friday!

Last month, we asked you to vote for which books you'd like to read for this YA book club. We tallied the votes, and you chose to read Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, Ash by Malinda Lo, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

We'll be discussing these books on the first Friday of the month, from April through August. Here's the lineup:

April 1st: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
May 6th: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
June 3rd: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
July 1st: Ash by Malinda Lo
August 5th: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

We have five wonderful people who are going to be leading each of these book clubs. We're super excited for the discussion questions they're coming up with! So, without further ado, here's the YA book club panel:

Erin Blakemore learned to drool over Darcy and cry over Little Women in suburban San Diego, California. These days, her inner heroine loves roller derby, running her own business, and hiking in her adopted hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Erin's debut book, The Heroine's Bookshelf, was published by HarperCollins in October.

Jennie Law is a feminist children's librarian in Decatur, GA. She's also a member of the Amelia Bloomer Project (Feminist Books for Young Readers) under the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. She spends her free time challenging the patriarchy, hanging out with Butler (her Russian Tortoise), reading, tap dancing, and writing in rhyme.

Ellen Papazian is a writer and teacher. Her work has appeared in the anthologies About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror and The Long Meanwhile: Stories of Arrival and Departure, and Bitch, including the Page Turner book blog. She leads creative writing workshops for young people and senior citizens. She gifts her babysitters with Weetzie Bat and her niece with Pippi. Learn more about Ellen here.

Jessica Stites is a Ms. editor and a bookworm. Her recent Ms. article "Kick Ass Girls and Feminist Boys" explores race and gender in today's young-adult-fiction boom. When she's not reading or editing—and the blinds are drawn—she enjoys pretending to be Anne of Green Gables pretending to be The Lady of Shalott. Join her feminist-YA conversation here.

Nona Willis Aronowitz is a 26-year-old multimedia journalist and cultural critic. She has written about women, sex, politics, music, and youth culture for numerous publications including The Nation, The Village Voice, Salon, Slate, and BUST. She is the author of Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism. Nona is currently a contributing producer at public radio's All Things Considered and Morning Edition in New York City, and feminist-blogs in her free time.

Interested in joining in on these discussion? There's no need to sign up! Just read the book and pay attention to the blog the day of the discussion. We can't wait to talk YA lit with you!

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10 Comments Have Been Posted

ooh, this looks fun :)

ooh, this looks fun :)

Great idea, but.

I like the idea so much, but there's only one book by a non white person on the list, and are any of the people on the panel not white? I thought part of the point of this was representation of more sides of the feminist experience, other than white women.

Hi Jasmine, Thanks for

Hi Jasmine,

Thanks for voicing this concern. We reached out to many people while putting together this panel -- including many people of color -- and these are the panel members who were able to participate at this time. We regret the fact that more points of view aren't represented, but we're very excited about the voices that have been brought to the table so far, and we're looking forward to conversations about the books that include as many perspectives as possible. While these five people are leading the book clubs, they are certainly not going to be the only voices involved in this forum.

Thanks again for commenting. We strive to provide equal representation whenever we can, and we appreciate being called out when it doesn't happen. We hope you'll participate in the online book clubs and continue to add to the discussion!

not at all...

No offense, but why does it

No offense, but why does it matter what color they are? I personally think this is the kind of thought that makes the color of someone's skin a bigger deal than it is.

This book club looks AWESOME!

This book club looks AWESOME! I probably won't be able to participate for the first discussion, but I'm so in for the last four.

I found out about this book

I found out about this book club yesterday through Bitch's posting on FB but I borrowed the book from the library today and hopefully I can be done by tomorrow to participate! I've been waiting for a book club like this for awhile!

We're glad you're reading it,

We're glad you're reading it, EverGrrrl!

Is this book club happening?

So, I paid attention to the initial discussion that got this book club started. I came back last month for the promised first discussion only to find it had been postponed for a full month. Now I'm here again, at nearly 2 pm EST, and no discussion. What's the deal, Bitch? I'm a busy person--I'm doing my best to participate in this, but you're making it pretty difficult!

Need a place to host the book club meetings?

I would be happy to host a book club meeting at my coffee shop if you need a cozy spot to sit! We have ample comfy and cozy seating and fresh, local smoothies, juices, coffee and food for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike! Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. but we would be happy to stay open late to accommodate some literary types!

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