Driver On The Bus Says “Read, Read, Read”
Now that I’ve gotten the Wheels On The Bus stuck in your head, thus out of mine, here’s a great initiative: “Books on Bus.” In hopes of promoting literacy Todd Elementary School will place a bag with at least 20 books on each of their nine buses for kids to select a book to read upon boarding and hand back before getting off. Read more here.
Sad And Scary
Author Jennine Capó Crucet spoke at a planned event to students at Georgia Southern University where her novel Make Your Home Among Strangers was required reading in some classes. Speaking from experience as a Cuban American woman, and a major point of her writing, she spoke about navigating in white spaces. This led some students who believed the topic of white privilege to be an attack on white people to angrily respond during the Q&A, which then led to students burning her books. May these students find the sense to realize they proved Capó Crucet’s point and ultimately made their campus feel less safe and inviting to students of color and marginalized voices.
This Sounds Amazing!
And publishing seems to think so too because there was a 12-bidder auction that is rumored to have ended in the seven figures for The Firekeeper’s Daughter. The novel is written by Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and focuses on a mixed heritage woman who witnesses a murder and “is forced to choose between saving those she loves, helping the FBI, and protecting the tribal community.” I want to read this right now!