Happy Birthday to WNDB! Five years ago, Ellen Oh created We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) to push the publishing industry “to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”
Since then, the non-profit has evolved from a small start-up and Twitter hashtag to a much larger organization that offers both activism on diversity in publishing and support for diverse authors. Their slogan, “Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book” reflects today’s emphasis on all children – ensuring a wealth of books for all communities that features every community.
WNDB has also worked with Penguin Random House to publish several anthologies: Flying Lessons and Other Stories (2017) and Fresh Ink (2018)—and nowThe Hero Next Door, which just published on July 30 and includes the work of MUF’s own Suma Subramanian.
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” — Toni Morrison, 1931-2019
MUF mourns the passing of Toni Morrison, leading 20th-century American writer, teacher, editor and the only African-American laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Standing Against Border Camps: #AuthorsforFamilies has launched an auction to raise money to help migrant families being held in intolerable conditions in border camps. They’re already more than halfway to their $20,000 goal, in fact, one item alone has more than $1,000 in bids. All proceeds will be donated to RAICES, an organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to migrant families and refugees. The auction has a huge slate of offerings, including critiques, books, book swag, and consultation services from well-known authors and agents.
You have until July 22 to check it out and bid on your favorite options.