Posts Tagged: kelly jensen

Notable Chicago: 3/3–3/9

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Friday 3/3: Visit Women & Children First for an evening of poetry with Ari Banias, Lara Mimosa Montes, Erika Sanchez, and T Clutch Fleischmann. 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/5:  As always, the Uptown Poetry Slam is going down at The Green Mill.

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Why Some Voices Are “Stronger” than Others in YA Lit

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At the School Library Journal, Kelly Jensen examines gender norms and double standards in YA fiction, questioning which female protagonists we refer to as “strong”—and why do not refer to male voices as such:

When women take risks in their writing, when they choose to write female-driven narratives with take-no-bull girls who may not care at all whether you like them or not, they’re not seen as brave.

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Bookstore Privilege

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Good literary citizens shop at local independent bookstores, and Amazon’s ongoing trade war with Hachette underscores the fragility of a marketplace dominated by a single online retailer. But are local bookstores just another form of privilege? Kelly Jensen writing at BookRiot explains what its like to live in a book desert:

Not all readers have access to brick and mortar stores.

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