Red Queen: Red Blood

[Content note: This post contains tons of spoilers for Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.] The major premise in Red Queen is a lie. Mare Barrow is a Red: poor, ordinary, born to serve her betters. But when she displays special abilities that only Silvers are supposed to have, her very existence has to be explained. The answer the royal family

#DiverseCanLit: Coming May 2016, The Festival of Literary Diversity

In June of 2014, the amazing Jael Richardson (author of The Stone Thrower) contacted me to discuss her big idea for a literary festival dedicated completely to celebrating diversity in publishing and literature. Her vision was brilliant and I was thrilled to join the team. Less than a year later, I am consistently blown away

#DiverseCanLit chats are back!

After a long wait, I’m happy to finally announce that the DiverseCanLit chats are back! Back in January, I expressed my disappointment that the chats had lapsed and turned to all of you for help. And y’all really came through. Thanks to you spreading the word, I’m please to introduce our new DiverseCanLit co-hosts! Hayley

#DiverseCanLit is looking for co-hosts!

Happy New Year!  I hope 2015 has brought a boat-load of new opportunities for all of you — it certainly has for me! I can hardly believe that around this time last year, I had just launched the #DiverseCanLit Twitter chats. The conversations have been amazing and I’ve learned a lot from all of you.

#DiverseCanLit at INSPIRE Toronto International Book Fair

Diversity, DJs, and DIY panel Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building) 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6 Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 pm, Spark Stage Are you going to INSPIRE? Are you coming to see me speak? Of course you are! Thank you in advance for your support! ;) I have been excited

Survey! Looking for Diverse Books?

I often talk about the importance of “actively seeking” diverse books but maybe I underestimate how difficult that is. So tell me: what’s holding you back! Fill out the survey to share your thoughts. The survey is built for readers but writers and publishing folk are encouraged to give their specific perspectives in the “Other”

Friends of Merril present a Diversity in SFF Discussion

Lillian H. Smith Branch – Toronto Public Library 239 College St., Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R5 Saturday, September 27 at 7:00pm I can’t believe I almost missed this opportunity! When I was at BookCampTO I ran into Tonya Liburd. Our conversation was short since I had to get ready for my panel but she mentioned another