The Cover of Elizabeth Acevedo’s New Novel is a Representation Win: Critical Linking, October 10, 2019

Critical Linking is a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web, sponsored by The Years After You by Emma Woolf, from Amberjack Publishing.


“And then I saw the girls and the beautiful shades of brown of their skins. It’s not every day you see such display of Caribbean beauty on a cover. But beyond that, the fact that both my birthplace and the place I chose to live in are represented on the same cover, made me really emotional. For once, most of my essence has been captured in one gorgeous book cover, and I’m sure the actual book will resonate with so many, not because they might have my same background, but because the story itself is not uncommon in most Latinx communities.”

I’m already crying.


“Even 10 years ago, the fields of science fiction and fantasy were still overwhelmingly American and white. And, if you grew up speaking Spanish in Mexico City, (as I, Silvia, did), or Hebrew on a small kibbutz in Israel (as I, Lavie, did), it meant that the world of science fiction, filtered through translation, was as remote and alien as the other side of the moon. The very idea we could be writing novels like these seemed, well, fantastical.”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar writing an SFF column? I’ll take it!


“‘Emergency Poet’ Deborah Alma, a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Keele, and senior lecturer and poet James Sheard have started the venture as a novel way of showcasing poetry, focusing on good mental health and well-being.

The ‘Poetry Pharmacy’, set in a Victorian shop in the high street of the Shropshire town of Bishop’s Castle, is holding a launch event on Thursday 3 October and will officially open to visitors on Friday 4 October.”

Consider this a prescription for self-care.