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Ep 49: Young Adult Literature

Diverse representation in literature is incredibly important for young people in their formative years and today’s episode is all about Young Adult literature. Today’s episode features an interview with Marieke Nijkamp editor, author, founder of DiversifyYA and former senior Vice President of We Need Diverse Books.

Marieke and I talked in 2018 about her novel Before I Let Go and an anthology she edited, Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens.


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Related Links

Disability in KidLit

We Need Diverse Books

Leary, Alaina. (January 20, 2018). Why The Publishing Industry Needs To Be More Inclusive Of Autistic And Disabled People. Bustle.

(April 5, 2019). Why this author disagrees with Autism ‘Awareness’ Day. BBC.

(July 17, 2018). Review of Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. Kirkus Reviews.

(October 1, 2017). Review of Before I Let Go. Kirkus Reviews.

Rodriguez, Cindy L. (January 18, 2016). Q&A with Debut Author Marieke Nijkamp about This Is Where It Ends. Latinos in KidLit.


Photo of Marieke Nijkamp, a young white agender person with short hair with the left side shaved and dyed purple and bright cobalt blue. She is wearing glasses, a black necklace, a silver necklace with a cross, and a long-sleeved blue scoop neck top. She is smiling at the camera and some grass and green bushes are behind her. Photo credit: Karin Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp was born and raised in the Netherlands. A lifelong student of stories, language, and ideas, she spends as much time in fictional worlds as she does the real world. She loves to travel, roll dice, and daydream. Her #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel, This Is Where It Ends, follows four teens during the fifty-four minutes of a school shooting. Her sophomore novel, Before I Let Go, is a haunting young adult murder mystery set during a cruel Alaskan winter. Marieke is the editor of the 2018 anthology Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens (FSG).

Twitter: @mariekeyn

Instagram: @mariekeyn



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