I spent Valentine's night watching Neil Gaiman and his wife perform. Gaiman is one of my favorite YA authors and it was an evening I'll never forget. There were lots of funny moments, poignant and thoughtful moments too.
But because people had just been killed in Denmark while gathering to talk about free speech, Gaiman opened the evening with something serious, his response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. I'm sorry I didn't record his reading but you can see some of it here in The Guardian.
Gaiman's a fierce defender of free speech and as I listened to him read, I remembered a video I'd watched of Hank Green a week or so ago. He was speaking about ideologies, tolerance and the freedom to practice your beliefs without fear of retaliation.
There is lots I could say about this subject but I think Gaiman and Green have said it better. Here is Hank Green's response on YouTube to the negative comments he received after he interviewed President Obama.
Blur the edges. Artists and writers, create work that celebrates the easing of boundaries. Readers, read and share books that promote tolerance. Don't buy into monocultures that promote hate.
I write middle grade and young adult books with a magical twist. And creatures, always creatures. I'm represented by the fabulous Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Lit.
Lorin Oberweger - Freelance Editor