Problematic Books and Where to Find Them

With people pledging to read more diversely, I’ve compiled some of the most problematic books that I see being passed around and included a little about why they’re problematic. This list is far from extensive, and I’ll likely add to it as I stumble upon more.

*Disclaimer: I haven’t read all of the books on this list. Some of them have been contributed by bloggers/readers that I trust*

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C.T. Callahan & Three Little Books Co. Present: the Little Voices Diverse Book Box

What is it?

The Little Books Diverse Book Box basically consists of two separate parts: a diverse book box and a diverse short story anthology. Each month, we’ll release a box featuring a diverse novel, a previously unpublished diverse short story, and some bookish goodies. At the end of the year, we’ll compile all of our short story publications as well as a few others into a diverse anthology.

 

How does it work?

Each month, we’ll have a new, diverse novel as the central point of our book boxes. Inspired by these novels, we’ll release themes to help guide authors toward diverse short stories. We’ll accept previously unpublished short stories from around the world, promote them beside already published diverse novels, and eventually compile them all for our anthology. Submissions are paid, and we’ll accept any work so long as it hasn’t been officially published before (blogs don’t count!) so feel free to send us whatever you’ve been working on. While we’ll be giving special priority to stories that fit our monthly theme, we’ll accept any diverse story each month, and even if your story doesn’t win, you’ll still be in the running to be included in the final anthology.

 

Who will we publish?

Anyone! We welcome experienced writers and amateurs alike. Every piece we receive will be answered with a formal acceptance/rejection, and any piece received prior to the 10th of the month will receive feedback and a chance to resubmit.

 

You said paid?

Indeed we did! All winners will be awarded:

  • Publication as a standalone story and in the final anthology
  • A copy of your standalone story
  • Monetary compensation at $.01 USD/word.

Anyone chosen for the final anthology will receive monetary compensation at $.01 USD/word.

 

Where can I submit?

Email us at INQUIRY@THREELITTLEBOOKS.CO with subject line: LITTLE VOICES [CURRENT MONTH] SUBMISSIONS. Ex. “LITTLE VOICES DECEMBER SUBMISSIONS”. Please compile your story into a word document and include a short personal bio. If your story is own voices, please include that too!

 

Is there any way I can help out?

Spread the word! Follow us on social media! Donate here! Anything you can contribute will help us a ton and is greatly appreciated!

 

I’m still a little confused…?

Send any questions to INQUIRY@THREELITTLEBOOKS.CO and we’ll be happy to answer!

Writing Marginalizations: Why “Tan Skin” Isn’t Enough

I’ve been meaning to write series of posts talking about how to write marginalized characters. With everything that’s happened recently, now feels like an excellent time. For anyone wondering what qualifications I have to give you writing advice about marginalized characters, I’m a queer, neurodivergent, non-binary POC finishing off a degree in Creative Writing and working as an editor for two lit mags. My #ownvoices book comes out in a week.

(P.S. I chose the image above because it’s one of the worst/most offensive descriptions of skin tone I’ve ever seen. If you want to start with what you shouldn’t do, see above. The image is from Skin Renews Skincare on Pinterest.)

So, tan skin. I can’t even detail the number of times I’ve heard, “but it says they have tan skin. That means their a POC.” If you’re wondering why this doesn’t make sense, take a second and think about summer and beaches and yacht parties. Really, just think of an basic white movie. Remember all the people talking about how they want to get tan. It’s so wild! It’s almost like “tan” is a super ambiguous, rather subjective word that means different things to different people and can very frequently be used to describe white people!

So, without further ado, here’s a little “How To” when it comes to writing skin-tones for POCs.

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Moving Forward

Yesterday. I woke up at about 2:30 am to check the election results. I’d gone to bed the night before knowing very well who would win the election, but even then, I had to know for sure. I had to be completely certain because there was so much hinging on the result. I’d taken three times the dose of melatonin I’d usually take to knock myself out cold, and still I woke up two hours into the night because my anxiety was through the roof.

I barely wrote yesterday. I distanced myself from social media. I skipped class because I couldn’t bare to be face-to-face with a professor who’d so casually dismissed a Klan member’s racism some classes before. I’ve avoided using “certain names” in my posts because I just got over a bout of trolls and am not in the mood to do it again.

But in all of this, I think the thing I hated the most was the sudden, desperate need to end it all. I haven’t had the urge in a while, and definitely not like this, but it was there because for the first time since I left home, I honestly couldn’t see an out. This was it. It was over.

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“More Happy Than Not” Book Review

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: Soho Teen

Synopsis: In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard? Via Amazon

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

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Kidnap the Sun (A Short Story)

This story was written in response to homophobic comments made by a certain writer. The story features characters with names featured in the famous work by said writer, but the characters are unrelated (unless you’d like to headcanon them that way, in which case, my control dies here). Enjoy.

 

 

He’d always had one of those smiles—so bright it was as if he’d kidnapped the sun. Carla used to joke that it was all those tic tacs, tiny cut outs of a burning star that fed his ever-present joy. I just nodded along because the year was 1969, and boys like me, boys who liked other boys, were just as new as those sun-bright breath mints Johnny seemed to live off of.

That didn’t stop me from getting close, attempting to bask in just enough heat so as not to get burned. I lent Johnny my books because he loved to read and my notebook because he was too busy reading to take notes. I walked home from school with him, our sneakers scuffing up gravel and our backpacks thumping our shoulder blades in a syncopated rhythm. He’d whistle and I’d hum along, our heartbeats the metronome to keep the tempo consistent.

And then his mother would be waiting at the door, a sharp glint in her eye like a violent meteor with its course set to tear a hole between us. She always kept her hair tidily in a bun, her lipstick soft and pink, the color women were supposed to wear to please their husbands, boys like Johnny who would never like boys like me.

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Evie Weiss Character Interview

Here’s the first official interview with Evie, the main protagonist from Plastic Wings, which releases November 22, 2016.

How about you tell us a little bit about you? What’s your favorite color? Favorite hobbies? Etc?

 

To be honest, I haven’t thought much about my favorite color. Considering recent events, I’ll say green. As for hobbies, I love reading and drawing, and I really love spending time with nature. 

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On Tim Burton

Have you ever been so angry you just had to be productive?

 

I think it’s been going around long enough for most of us to be aware of what happened with Tim Burton. For anyone who isn’t, long story short, another celebrity just had to stand up to say how unnecessary diversity is. Not only did Mr. Burton feel the need to point out that diversity just isn’t important, he even felt it necessary to share how he had to spend his childhood watching black movies without ever demanding there be white actors in them. The poor soul.

If you’re anything like me and you grew up with a sick fascination toward the dark, gruesome, and disturbing, then you probably spent a lot of hours appreciation the work of Tim Burton. It’s honestly heartbreaking to look at someone and think, “You used to be one of my biggest inspirations, and now I can’t even stomach the thought of you.”

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