A funny approach to helping writers understand that food ≠ people, so you should choose better words to describe people. Another resource on that subject, on a more serious note, can be found in NK Jemisin’s series on describing characters of color in writing: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3.

beyondvictoriana asked:

I think you'll appreciate knowing that KILLER OF ENEMIES is a teaching text for Professor Lisa Hager's course on International Steampunk Literature this fall: lisahager(.)net/2014/04/eng-273-international-steampunk-literature-culture-fall-2014/

Thanks for letting us know! That’s great.

For those who would like to see the whole syllabus, here it is.

Great interview with Elizabeth Bluemle, owner of The Flying Pig Bookstore in Vermont, and some comments from Ellen Oh and Jacqueline Woodson from #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

This looks like a lot of fun! We hope to go see it soon. And we hope they follow up with a movie version of Killer of Enemies, of course. ;)

Are libraries obsolete? [Tim Worstall] might be correct — but only if libraries were just about books, which they are not. Libraries are actually an invaluable public and social resource that provide so much more than simple shelves of books (or, for those in rural areas, a Bookmobile like the one this author grew up with). A world without public libraries is a grim one indeed, and the assault on public libraries should be viewed as alarming.


Math and Science Week!

Chien-Shiung Wu, First Lady of Physics

Chien-Shiung Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴健雄; traditional Chinese: 吳健雄; pinyin: Wú Jiànxióng, May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) was a Chinese Americanexperimental physicist who made significant contributions in the research of radioactivity.

Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into the U-235 and U-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which contradicted the Law of Conservation of Parity. This discovery earned the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics for her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang, and also earned Wu the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978.

Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie, and her many honorary nicknames include “the First Lady of Physics”, “the Chinese Madame Curie”, and the “Queen of Nuclear Research”.

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