January 1st, 2015 — The coloring books project for 2015

I agree. Where do we drawl those lines?

Stephanie Barbé Hammer @ Magically Real

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When I was little I loved coloring books. I had one for every Disney movie, and one for every fairy tale. I would color the dresses and the pants and shirts with wild abandon. I had a giant box of Crayolas – you know the kind – the ones with every color of the rainbow.

But I never colored in the faces of the people. I never colored in their hands and legs and feet. I didn’t because all of them were white like the paper. White was the de facto color. It was – I thought – transparent.

I know now that I was wrong. Today, I am committed to equality of representation of people of color in literature and to greater visibility for writers of color. But what does that commitment mean? Or to put it more bluntly, what good does it do…

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Story Time Sunday special edition, 12/28/14 – my favorite feminist fictions of 2014

Stephanie Barbé Hammer @ Magically Real

courtesy Ellie Partovi. courtesy Ellie Partovi.

Friends – I just finished reading Dana Johnson’s novel Elsewhere, California. You have to read it. It’s generous, funny, sad, and heroic. If you are a writer who wants to write about race and class, you need to read this book. If you are a writer who wants to write about women artists, you need to read this book. If you are a writer who wants to write about California and/or the South, you have to read this book.

Here are some other favorites that I recommend to my writer friends:

SarahVanArsdale25371587124TRecently I read Sarah Van Arsdale‘s novel Toward Amnesia. It’s worrisome, lyrical, and totally gorgeous. If you are a writer wanting to figure out how to write a completely exciting novel that’s a meditation – you need to read this book. If you’re a writer trying to figure out how to write about…

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