I am the author of several YA novels including the duology Adaptation and Inheritance (out now!). I'm also co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA.


A flexible rapier made during the 19th century in Toledo, Spain.





after what feels like literally the longest week of my life working on it my marauder’s map dress for leakycon is DONE!! as a side note, i literally never want to use another fine point sharpie in my life.


This is beyond amazing and inspiring.

This is so so pretty, and in its beauty and the obvious hard work and dedication put into its beauty are clearly representative of Leakycon itself. Obviously I can never go, but I am SO PROUD of my beautimous friends Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman for running such a fantastic thing, in which everything runs smoothly and beautifully but in an individual and loving way, and I think all the authors going are amazingly fabulous (go to Malinda Lo and Alaya Dawn Johnson’s panellation! and Holly Black will teach you how to fix your book!). So: LOVELY. Everyone going to Leakycon please enjoy yourselves, get lots of books, and prepare to be dazzled by wonders.

This is AMAZING. And I am so excited to go to LeakyCon!!


We are launching a new lit zine focusing on awesome stories of all genres featuring queer protagonists. For example, a story about a lesbian pirate who is seduced by a siren, or an asexual detective solving muder mysteries, or a trans scientist building sentient robots, or an agendered person travelling the world. The zine will include stories, poems, comics, and art all revolving around a positive portrayal of queerness, with an emphasis on entertainment and creativity.

But for now – WE NEED A NAME!

We’re asking you to suggest up to five names for this zine. Names should reflect our mission without using any specific queer words in the name.

The person who’s name we choose will win four books that fit our mission of awesome stories featuring queer protagonists:

And then five random people who entered will get a participation prize including kindle ebook codes and coupons to purchase ebooks from indie authors like Sarah Diemer

To enter:

Contest will last until August 9th. We hope you’ll all enter!!

Win a copy of Adaptation!


The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

This is why I hardly ever watch movies anymore. TV does way better, but that’s not hard when movies do so poorly with regard to diversity.


The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

This is why I hardly ever watch movies anymore. TV does way better, but that’s not hard when movies do so poorly with regard to diversity.

We Need Diverse Books Announces Incorporation as a Non-Profit and Inaugural Advisory Board



Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon
New York City, NY  (July 19, 2014) More than just a hashtag, We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.  We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Its mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.             
In order to accomplish its mission, We Need Diverse Books reaches out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including but not limited to publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.  “Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” says Lamar Giles, VP of Communications. “We have many exciting projects in the works.”
In addition to a Diversity Festival planned for 2016, We Need Diverse Books plans to initiate a grant program to support diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with collaborations with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a “diversity toolkit” for librarians and booksellers.
Inaugural advisory board members includes Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon. “Each of these members has a history of advocating for diverse books, and is a pioneer in the field of children’s literature. They will not only increase our visibility as an organization, but light the way going forward,” said Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books.
On the heels of its enormously successful panel at the inaugural Book Con, the We Need Diverse Books team has been invited by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to present the first ever diverse author signing and reception, and present panels at the Baltimore Book Festival, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), among others.

First of all, this is wonderful news!   We Need Diverse Books has done a great job of raising the awareness and level of dialogue on issues of diversity in publishing.   I’m looking forward to great things from them in the future as they use their contacts in the publishing industry and continue to apply pressure from readers to advocate for books that reflect our current diverse reality.  

However —

I have serious concerns that a group focused on diversity in publishing has no openly queer board members or staff at this time.   While several of these authors have written LGBTQ characters successfully, particularly Jacqueline Woodson, that is no substitute for the perspective of actual queer people.   LGBTQ people have a vested interest in diversity in publishing and have been part of the grassroots nature of this campaign since the beginning.  

So my questions for weneeddiversebooks are as follows:

1) Are you still adding more board members?  
2) What are you doing to recruit LGBTQ people to leadership positions in your organization?   

- Sarah 

I am not affiliated with WNDB in any official capacity, but Jacqueline Woodson is a lesbian. And she is badass! :)

My LeakyCon Schedule

This week I am heading to Orlando, Florida, for LeakyCon! I’ve never been before and am very excited to experience it. I will be on a lot of Lit Track panels on Friday and Saturday, and here’s my schedule:

Friday, August 1

11:00 AM — Diversity in YA (Laurie Halse Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Varian Johnson, Cheryl Klein, me)

1:00 PM — Worldbuildling! (Holly Black, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Kazu Kibuishi, me, Scott Westerfeld)

2:00 PM — LeakyCon Lit Signing I (all authors)

4:30 PM — YA Jeopardy (Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Maureen Johnson, Varian Johnson, me, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Robin Wasserman)

Saturday, August 2

11:00 AM — The Return of “I Was a Teenage Writer” (Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, John Green, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Varian Johnson, Kazu Kibuishi, me, Lauren Myracle, Rainbow Rowell, Robin Wasserman, Scott Westerfeld)

1:00 PM — The War Against YA (Laurie Halse Anderson, Gayle Forman, Lev Grossman, me, Stephanie Perkins)

2:00 PM — The Process P*rn Panel (Holly Black, Lev Grossman, Varian Johnson, me, Rainbow Rowell)

3:00 PM — LeakyCon Lit Signing II (all authors)

4:00 PM — The Lying Games (Laurie Halse Anderson, Amber Benson, Gayle Forman, Lev Grossman, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Varian Johnson, me, Lauren Myracle, Stephanie Perskins, Rainbow Rowell, Robin Wasserman, Scott Westerfeld)

You can also access further details here at the official LeakyCon program.


Cape's board abolishes entire reading list


If you’ve been following the story of a Delaware school board’s decision to remove The Miseducation of Cameron Post from its high school summer reading list, apparently the final decision is in — the entire reading list has now been removed.

That means not only has Cameron Post been removed, other books including Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, John Lewis’s March, and even John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars will no longer be recommended as summer reads for incoming freshman at Cape Henlopen High School. A sad end to a really wonderful and diverse reading list.

(via Autostraddle)

(via Autostraddle)

Johnnie Phelps, a woman sergeant in the army, thought, “There was a tolerance for lesbianism if they needed you. The battalion I was in was probably about ninety-seven percent lesbian.”
Sergeant Phelps worked for General Eisenhower. Four decades after Eisenhower had defeated the Axis powers, Phelps recalled an extraordinary event. One day, the general told her, “I’m giving you an order to ferret those lesbians out. We’re going to get rid of them.”
“I looked at him and then I looked at his secretary who was standing next to me, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if the general pleases, sir, I’ll be happy to do this investigation for you. But you have to know that the first name on the list will be mine.’ “
“And he was kind of taken aback a bit. And then this women standing next to me said, ‘Sir, if the General pleases, you must be aware that Sergeant Phelp’s name may be second, but mine will be first.”
“Then I looked at him, and said, ‘Sir, you’re right. They’re lesbians in the WAC battalion. And if the general is prepared to replace all the file clerks, all the section commanders, all the drivers-every woman in the WAC detachment-and there were about nine hundred and eighty something of us-then I’ll be happy to make that list. But I think the general should be aware that among those women are the most highly decorated women in the war. There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. There have been no cases of AWOL. There have been no cases of misconduct. And as a matter of fact, every six months since we’ve been here, the general has awarded us a commendation for meritorious conduct.”
“And he said, ‘Forget the order.’”

The Gay Metropolis, page 47, Charles Kaiser (via bibliothekara)

Phelps tells this story herself in the excellent 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube (she’s at 19:30, but really, watch the whole thing):

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This makes me laugh every time I see it.

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