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Picture Book About a Trans-Child Wins A Major Award!

Today’s world can often seem extremely anti-LGBTQ, with society feeling oppressive toward people who fall outside the line of heterosexually. But there is still a lot of good news, especially with the recent news about the book called Julian Is a Mermaid.  

 

 

The book is a children’s picture book that tells the story of a young boy called Julian who comes to terms with his queer identity, showcasing his attempts at dressing in woman’s clothing and how his nana reacts to his attempts to embrace his new identity. The author and illustrator Jessica Love, who was partly inspired by a trans friend, never expected it to be published. After all, many U.K. and U.S. imprints are yanking books off shelves who have gay or trans protagonists, with children’s work a big victim of this unfortunate practice.

 

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On Sept 11, Jessica Love was proven wrong when her book won the much coveted Klaus Flugge prize. The prize goes to the most exciting newcomer in children’s book illustration and on Wednesday night, Jessica Love took it home. The judges called the book ‘astonishingly beautiful’ and were further quote as saying:

‘Julian Is a Mermaid reminds us that picture books can make us understand the world differently and better; that they are for everyone. It is a groundbreaking book.’

Love went onto note that the recaption had been mostly positive but there was some hostility toward her work for supposedly spreading the ‘gay agenda.’ She noted Julian is a Mermaid was drawn from her own personal life, with Julian’s nana based off her own queer role modes, her aunt and her aunt’s wife. She wanted a book that could provide the support she received to millions around the world.

 

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She is extremely humbled to win the prize and is now working on a sequel, again featuring Julian and his nana. She found the book’s success totally gratifying and paralyzing at the same time. She hopes to continue to give her characters further life, while hoping the success doesn’t overwhelm her. But with the amount of joy and praise she has received from the LBGTQ community, she is likely to continue to soar upward much like Julian himself.

 

 

 

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War Veteran Wins Award for Book on Pros and Cons of Military Technology

Paul Scharre, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and current director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, wrote the nonfiction book Army of None, and it just won a $5,000 award named for the late CIA director William E. Colby.

 

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According to US News, who announced this stunning development., the Colby prize is “given annually since 1999 by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont” and “is presented for a work of fiction or non-fiction about military history, intelligence operations or international affairs”.

Scharre’s work fit the bill quite perfect. The book aims to inform us, the public, of the benefits and the drawbacks against the growing technology used in the military with a focus on autonomous weapons.

 

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“The era of autonomous weapons has arrived,” the book’s description reads, and it leads to a million-and-three questions. What can they do? Have we tried to ban them? What has resulted from those bans? What are the legal issue surrounded their use? What about the ethical issues?

Paul Scharre’s book is comprehensive read that follows his investigation into autonomous weapons. It’s is a history book that spans back to World War II, a report that presents the facts as they exist today in our modern world, and gets philosophical with its legal and ethical questions.

 

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And who better to speak on these issues than Paul Scharre? A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He been on programs such as MSNBC to Fox News to CNN.

We congratulate him for his award and we invite you to read it, but we warn you it’s not an easy read.

Not because it utilizes complex and lofty language, but because, like it or not, the future is here.

For a supplementary material, there’s a video below:

 

 

 

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Glenn Close’s Empowering Golden Globes Speech Leaves Everyone in Tears

You can clearly see the shocking look on Glenn Close’s face when she wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for The Wife during Sunday night’s ceremony.

 

 

“Women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.’”

 

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This speech resonated so much with the women in the audience, like Caitriona Balfe, Michelle Yeoh, who were bawling. The 71-year-old actress shared that she learned from her mother, who could not fulfill her own goals:

 

“I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life, and in her 80s said to me, ‘I haven’t accomplished anything,’ she said about her mother who married eighteen-years-old and became the wife of a surgeon.

 

“And it was not right. You know when I was little, I felt like Muhammad Ali, who was destined to be a boxer. I felt destined to be an actress. I saw the early Disney films, and Hayley Mills, and I said, ‘I can do that,’ and here I am today. It would’ve been 45 years in September that I am a working actress and I cannot imagine a more wonderful life.”

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Toni Morrison to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Oprah Winfrey

Two cultural icons, Oprah Winfrey and Toni Morrison, will soon meet in honor of Morrison’s body of work. Morrison will be bestowed with The Center for Fiction’s  ‘Excellence in Fiction’ award, which Winfrey will present at the Center’s ceremony on December 11th.

 

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The Center for Fiction is “the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction.” The event is co-chaired by Lee Child and Michael Ondaatje, and will also honor Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group with the Maxwell Perkins Award.

 

Oprah and Toni sitting across from one another, holding hands on the set of Oprah's show.

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Oprah and Morrison have had a long-standing close relationship ever since Oprah produced and starred in a film adaptation of Morrison’s novel, Beloved, for which she received incredible praise.

 

An older photo (perhaps from the 90s) of Oprah and Toni side-hugging and smiling on a red carpet.

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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features Youngest Ever Shortlist Nominee

The 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist was just announced celebrating six phenomenal authors around the world.

 

The authors included on the list derive from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The novels themselves are just as diverse, ranging from a lexicographer on the search to find her missing mother to a WW2 veteran with PTSD on the journey to find peace in a post-war paranoid America in a narrative that is reminiscent of a film noir. 

 

The shortlist was decided upon by a panel of five judges including philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val McDermid, cultural critic Leo Robson, feminist writer Jacqueline Rose, and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. Appiah praised the novels as, “miracles of stylistic invention,” adding that the diverse novels share the exploration of pain in a fractured society but each offers glimpses of hope and triumph.

 

“These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure,” he wrote.

 

The list also features the youngest ever Booker shortlisted nominee, Daisy Johnson, for her novel Everything Under

 

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The shortlisted novels are:

  

 

Milkman by Anna Burns (United Kingdom)

 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)

 

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (United Kingdom)

 

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (United States of America)

 

The Overstory by Richard Powers (United States of America)

 

The Long Take by Robin Robertson (United Kingdom)

 

 

The winning novel included in the shortlist will be announced on October 16th. All six finalists will receive £2,500 each and a specially bound edition of their novel. The winner will receive an additional £50,000 and international recognition. 

 

 

Featured Image shows cover of Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Via Jonathan Cape imprint.