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Christine Barcellona



Editor / I blog and edit for Swoon Reads, plus I'm the editor for our paperback line, Square Fish. Find me talking about books, diversity, queerness, and more on Twitter @cbarcellona.

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Queer YA 101: The Gender Binary and How We Talk About Books

Let's talk about books. And let's talk about how to talk about books without excluding certain groups of people! Inclusivity is an important topic in YA (and in general). It's important for everyone to be able to see themselves in the books they read. I've put together a quick primer on the gender binary: what it is and how to … Read More


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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Six Feminist YouTubers You Should Be Watching If You Want to Write YA Novels

I’ve talked before about why we need diverse books and why it’s important to do research when writing diverse books. A book can’t be respectful and inclusive without being intersectionally feminist. (If you are unsure of what inclusion and intersectional feminism mean, check out this great Everyday Feminism article.)A poorly researched, trope-filled, anti-feminist book will alienate readers (not to mention … Read More


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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Queer YA 101: Why you shouldn’t describe characters as “homosexual”

This is a follow-up to my first Queer YA 101 post about things to keep in mind when talking about books with queer characters.This whole post should probably come with a trigger warning since I'm talking about hate and hateful language, but I also tried to note specific links that might lead to triggering results. This isn’t really a post … Read More


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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Queer YA 101: Things to keep in mind when talking about books with queer characters (Part I)

There are a series of questions that come up, implicitly or explicitly, pretty often when talking, thinking, and writing about books (and other media) with queer characters: What’s the best way to talk about books with queer characters? How can you be inclusive without erasing characters’ identities or making unfair or damaging assumptions about their sexual orientations? And how can … Read More


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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Weird Things You Do at the Bookstore If You Work in Publishing

Since I started working in publishing, the way I interact with books has changed. Before, when I went to a bookstore, I just saw a lot of awesome books. Now, when I go to the bookstore, I still see awesome books, but I also notice and comment on dozens of things about each book’s appearance, location in the store, and … Read More


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