‘Net News: 2nd July 2012

1. The importance of sex in YA books

It’s a controversial (and trigger-laden) topic, and this blog post by YA author Foz Meadows is sure to stimulate discussion.

‘Sex/y scenes in YA matter because, by the very nature of belonging to a permitted form of media, they help to disassociate sex from surreptitious secrecy: they make it something open rather than furtive, something that rightfully belongs to you, the reader, because the book was meant for you to read and remember. It doesn’t matter if the scene is detailed or not, if it’s only fiery kisses or much, much more: the point is that you’re allowed to have it, allowed to enjoy it, and that perhaps for the first time in your life, you’re viewing something arousing that doesn’t make you out to be a sex object in heels, but an active, interesting heroine who also happens to have a love life.’

What do you think? Is there a lack, and a need for, positive sex/y scenes in YA novels?

2. You’re The Voice

We’re very excited about a brand new feature on insideadog.com.au – You’re The Voice will host a different teenager each month, showcasing their thoughts on reading and writing.

Our very first contributor is Chelsea, a 15 year old from Victoria. She tackles the tricky topic of popular fiction:

‘What I am upset about is that readers do not go out of their comfort zone when it comes to reading and that they go on the opinions of others, and I believe that you will not know how you really feel about it until you read it for yourself.’

3. Anne-with-an-e meets generation Z

A Canadian comany wants to reboot Anne of Green Gables for the modern audience, and is shopping for international partners to assist with the development.

4. Making the Queensland Literary Awards Pozible

In April it was announced that the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards would be discontinued. In response, a Queensland Literary Awards Committee has come together and launched a Pozible campaign to keep the awards going (sans-Premier). A month and a half, and just over $7,500 to go…

5. 2012 Davitt Awards for Crime

The longlist for the 2012 Davitt Awards has been announced. Congratulations to the following Children’s & Young Adult authors:

  •  J.C Burke, Pig Boy (Random House)
  • Ursula Dubosarsky, The Golden Day (Allen & Unwin)
  • Susan Green, The Truth about Verity Sparks  (Walker Books)
  • Jacqueline Harvey,Alice-Miranda at Sea (Random House)
  • H J Harper, Star League series (Random House)
  • Karen Healey,The Shattering  (Allen & Unwin)
  • Nansi Kunze, Dangerously Placed (Random House)
  • Gabrielle Lord, Conspiracy 365  (Scholastic Australia)
  • Sophie Masson, The Understudy’s Revenge (Scholastic Australia)
  • Tara Moss, The Spider Goddess  (PanMacmillan Australia)
  • Meg McKinlay, Surface Tension (Walker Books)
  • Belinda Murrell, The Ivory Rose (Random House)
  • Joanne Van OsThe Secret of the Lonely Isles (Random House)
  • Lili Wilkinson, A Pocketful of Lies (Allen & Unwin)

6. Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival

30th June was the NSW Writers’ Centre’s Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival. You can vicariously soak up the wisdom of Sally Murphy, Corinne Fenton, Pamela Rushby, Nina Rycroft, and Jill Corcoran via the #cyaf12 twitter feed.

7. Bloggers, Librarians, and free books

The American Library Association’s conference was held recently, and true to history there has been some fighting over the advanced reader copies of books available there. To hear what happened and why people get so upset about it, this post at Stacked is a considered response.

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