Friends, it's January. I know many of you are polishing up some very ambitious resolutions for the new year, but as I sit here watching my first snowfall of 2016, there's nothing I want to do more than curl up with a mug of hot chocolate in a cozy chair with a new book. If you feel the same way you're in luck, because this year, I'm launching something that targets both New Year's resolutions (broaden your reading horizons!) and that desire for cozy couch reading:
Mackenzi Lee (author of This Monstrous Thing), Ashley Herring Blake (author of Suffer Love) and I are teaming up to host #BiYABooks, a monthly online book club focusing on young adult literature with bisexual main characters!
The first seed for this club was planted a few months ago, when Mackenzi and I took to Twitter to bemoan the lack of bisexual representation in young adult literature. While we were delighted to learn that there are a number of titles out there (thank you SO much for pointing us toward many of them, excellent Twitter people), we were also surprised - because most of those titles just hadn't been on our radar before we put out the call.
After this discussion, Mackenzi, Ashley, and I put our heads together. We wanted to explore more books with bisexual representation (particularly main characters), and we wanted those books to be more visible to and discussed by readers in general. After some time scheming (and the holiday season), we're very pleased to formally launch the club!
Our first #BiYABooks pick is Far From You by Tess Sharpe, and the first chat will be on Twitter on Tuesday January 26, 2016, 9pm EST. We hope to see you there!
WHO: Rebecca Wells, Ashley Herring Blake (Suffer Love), & Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing)
WHAT: A monthly online book club focusing on young adult literature with bisexual main characters. Our first pick is Far From You (Tess Sharpe)
WHERE: Twitter; follow the hashtag #BiYABooks
WHEN: January 26, 2016, 9pm EST. Ongoing, we'll be meeting the last Tuesday of every month, 9pm EST.
WHY: To explore representation of bisexuality (and other diversity) in young adult literature. To broaden our reading horizons. To read excellent books. To discuss said books with interested, passionate people like you!
NOTE: Diversity of all stripes matters in literature. We applaud and seek out intersectionality and nuanced representation in our book club picks and the literary world at large. While #BiYABooks focuses specifically on bisexuality in YA, we would love to hear from readers across the entire LGBTQIAP+ community, as well as those interested in thoughtful handling of other forms of diversity.
(Other Twitter meetups you may be interested in checking out include #GayYaBookClub and #yafeministchat.)