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March 26, 2009
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The latest One-Shot World Tour was yesterday, highlighting books “you loved and just had to tell everyone about – the book you wanted to pass over the fence.” Colleen has the roundup at Chasing Ray.

RITA finalists were announced by the Romance Writers of America. The YA list is rather, shall we say, meager. But congratulations to the finalists!

Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Random House Group, Delacorte Press (ISBN: 978-0385734141)
Krista Marino, editor

How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro
Random House Group, Delacorte Press (ISBN: 978-0-385-73438-7)
Krista Marino, editor

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Penguin Group USA, Dutton  (ISBN: 978-0525479420)
Sarah Shumway, editor

And Oh. My. Gods. is also up for Best First Book.

If you’re interested in manga and anime, or even if you’re more interested in having manga and anime in your library than you are in the forms themselves, I hope you’re already reading MangaBlog. And now you can add Otaku Librarian to your list of blogs to read.

The new CCBC Choices is out and, as usual, includes a section on books by authors and artists of color (via Mitali Perkins). Of the approximately 3,000 the Cooperative Children’s Book Center received,

• 98 had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content
• 77 books were created by authors and/or illustrators of Asian/Pacific heritage

I really wish they’d break the numbers down further, separating fiction from non-fiction, children’s books from YA, Asian/Pacific from Asian/Pacific American. I counted only twelve YA books from 2008 on my Asian-American protagonists in YA fiction list, thought I’m sure the number would be (slightly) higher if I expanded the limits of the list to include “significant” content and Asian or Pacific Islander characters, not just Asian/Pacific American. Sadly, I think this is an unusually high number compared to other yeas, and this year looks like it’s going to be like the other years. I’ve only got three 2009 books on the list. Four, if I can count K. P. Bath’s Flip Side.

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