Diversity in YA

Diversity in YA Fiction, founded by authors Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon, is a book tour and website of resources. As described at the website, “DIYA is a positive, friendly gathering of readers and writers who want to see diversity in their fiction. We come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and we hope that you do, too. We encourage an attitude of openness and curiosity, and we welcome questions and discussion. Most of all, we can’t wait to have fun sharing some great books with you!”

The book tour is scheduled for May 2011; details haven’t been announced yet but it’s quite the exciting list of authors.

DIYA has many contributors to its blog and great information about what is going on (or should be going on!) in the young adult book world. Recent posts to the DIYA blog include:

 Neesha Meminger on YA Romance (“I wrote Jazz in Love because I wanted to write a YA romance featuring South Asian teens. And, truthfully, it amazes me that there aren’t more like it in YA. South Asian teens grow up steeped in romance with Bollywood films and angsty love songs. For those not familiar, Bollywood is a combination of “Bombay” and “Hollywood” and is used to depict the thriving Hindi film industry in Bombay“) (my review of Jazz in Love);

Diversity Roundup for February 18, 2011 (a biweekly “collection of interesting links around the web relating to MG/YA books and diversity issues“, including information on Nerds Heart YA and COLOR: Coalition of Librarians and Online Readers);

and Dia Reeves on the Dark Side (“Even within a group of minorities, I’m that rarest of the rare — a black YA speculative fiction author. (I say speculative fiction because I’m not sure how to classify what I write. Horror? Fantasy? Don’t ask me; I just work here.) Wanna know how rare? Take a second to name all the black YA specfic writers you’ve ever heard of in your whole life.”)


4 thoughts on “Diversity in YA

  1. Great post! Thank you for including these links and spreading the message, so these authors can share their amazing works! May I also recommend Zetta Elliott who also writes speculative fiction.


  2. Amy, thanks! I’m cannot wait for the sequel to A Wish After Midnight to see what happens next to the characters.


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