What are you reading this weekend? I just started Reckless by Cornelia Funke. It’s portal fantasy, something I don’t read often. It’s also in translation! I’m desperate for fantasy in translation. YA needs voices that don’t originate in English.
I’ve decided to start a new Friday tradition, a “roll call” of YA news. We can also call it links I’ve been meaning to share or maybe ones I’ve *just* stumbled across.
Maliha Khan is asking, over at The Daily Star, “Who Reads Young Adult Books?” Honestly, this one makes me rather angry. But, as the opening line is “Are young adult books literature?” are we really surprised I’m not a fan?
Another one that begins by annoying: “They call it YA–Young adult–literature, those corporate flacks who are paid to squeeze things into easy to consume packages” opens, Wayne Alan Brenner’s, “Five Arty Things to do this Weekend“ The Austin Chronicle. Brenner, however, seems to have adopted the “belittle only to praise” approach. He ends his second recommendation by suggesting we visit the Texas Teen Book Festival. Ok, so nope. Despite the positive recommending, I’m still annoyed. YA isn’t a marketing subset. It’s a legitimate field of literature. Brushing YA off as trivial but also surprisingly good doesn’t fly, at least not with me.
Jason Sheenan writes a lovely piece about Leigh Bardugo’s “The Language of Thorns” over at NPR.