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Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows both currently available from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Her essay “Me, Some Random Guy, and the Army of Darkness” is in the forthcoming The V-Word, an anthology of personal essays by women about having sex for the first time, published by Beyond Words (S&S). Blog: Justina Ireland Twitter: @tehawesomersace

Where Are All the YA Books for Kids of Color?: September Edition

An examination of September's new YA releases.

It Isn’t Censorship When A Publisher Pulls An Offensive Book: It’s Good Business

Once more, with feeling. It isn't censorship when a publisher pulls a book with offensive content.

A Reading List for Beyoncé’s Formation

Books to read when you're done watching Beyoncé's Formation

A Reading List for Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”

Books to read after you recover from watching Beyoncé's Lemonade.

Ten Celebrity Books We Do NOT Need in Our Lives

Inspired by Rachel Dolezal's upcoming book about racial identity, here are 10 books we never want to see, ever.

North American Magic: The Worst Thing to Happen to Harry Potter Since Voldemort

J.K. phoned it in. We can all say it. Folks were pretty excited when they first heard about new stories ...

Sci-Fi is Realistic Fiction

So, the other day while reading at lunch I had the Conversation with a coworker. Folks who read genre fiction ...

A Reading List for Beyoncé’s Formation

If you somehow missed it, Beyoncé released a new video for her song Formation, an anthem to blackness that embraces ...

Moving Past Octavia Butler

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

Young Warriors Reading Project: A Bookish Charity!

It’s the time of the year where most of us start to think about donating to charity if we haven’t ...

Book Blurbs Mad Libs

You ever get the feeling that you’ve read that book blurb before? Do you wonder if maybe publishing folks are ...

Accuracy or Bias: On Prejudicial Characters in Children’s Literature and Beyond

I have a lot of strong thoughts on “historical accuracy.” Mostly, I find it to be one of those phrases ...

Moving Past Octavia Butler

The post you’re reading is part of Book Riot’s observance of #BlackOutDay. We are turning our attention fully to issues ...

Diversity Matters: Lee and Low Push for Transparency in the Publishing World

Diversity has been the topic of discussion in the bookish world, and for good reason. The Children’s Book Council estimates ...

On Reviews of Books About the Black Experience in America

When James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time was released in 1963 the New York Times called it “masterful.” The review ...