Centennial Library E-News, November/December 2021

Dr. Megan Brown, Assistant Professor of Education "'Tell Me Who I Am': an Investigation of Cultural Authenticity in YA Disability Peritexts" in Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction , University Press of Mississippi, 2020. "While critical and popular attention afforded to 21st century young adult literature has exponentially increased in recent years, classroom materials and scholarship have remained static in focus and slight in scope. Twilight , The Hunger Games , The Fault in Our Stars , and The Hate U Give overwhelm conversations among scholars and critics - but these are far from the only texts in need of analysis. Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction offers a necessary remedy to this limiting perspective, bringing together essays about the many subgenres, themes, and character types that have until now been overlooked. The collection tackles a diverse range of topics - modern updates to the marriage plot; fairy tale retellings in dystopian settings; stories of extrajudicial police killings and racial justice. The approaches are united, though, by a commitment to exploring the large-scale generic and theoretical structures at work in each set of texts. As a collection, Beyond the Blockbusters is an exciting entryway into a field that continues to grow and change even as its works captivate massive audiences. It will prove a crucial addition to the library of any scholar or instructor of young adult literature". [From the Publisher] Spotlight on Faculty and Alumni Publishing Faculty in Print Alumni in Print Leslie Leyland Fields, Class of 1979 Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing, and Living the Truth of Your Life , NavPress, 2020. "From its tiniest details to its most dramatic events, your story is a sacred gift, worthy of attention. But how do you find and tell that story? In this practical, liberating guide based on her thirty years of writing and teaching, Leslie Leyland Fields will lead you step by step in exploring your past and shaping your memories into vivid, compelling stories. With writing exercises to help you dive deeper into your story, you’ll discover new spiritual truths, reclaim the past, share hope, and pass on your own extraordinary legacy. Understanding God’s work in our stories is a vital part of our faith. Not just a book for writers, this practical and inspiring book teaches us how to sift through our experiences to find the places we have witnessed God in our journey: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, and the ordinary". [From the Publisher]

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