BOOK RIOT
Critical Linking: May 18, 2014 

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

Devotees of romance fiction, predominantly female, are demanding that their favorite category be ethnically as diverse as the real world. One of the newest branches of the popular genre is interracial romance, which just a few decades ago would have been too hot to handle. 

Interracial love stories are getting hotter in romance.

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Over the last decade, book circulation at New York City libraries has jumped by 46 percent, annual visits by 59 percent, and program attendance by 88 percent. These figures are even more startling considering that budget cuts have forced the libraries to reduce both staff and hours.

A must-watch video shows you a day in the life at a NYC library branch.

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SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer.

SYNC is in session starting now, so if you want to try your hand at some free audiobooks, there’s no better time.

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One thing we’ve learned: it’s all-too-easy to let popular narrative guide your views on YA—certainly much easier than ever researching or reading in the field you are talking about. These articles about YA are based entirely on accepted truths from people who live entirely outside the field; they keep getting perpetuated, and everyone nods sagely as someone else proclaims John Green is saving poor teenage girl readers from those silly silly vampire books.

Anne Ursu lays down some thoughts on genre, on “GreenLit,” and on how realistic fiction is a privileged form of narrative. Heavy, sharp stuff here.

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    Excellent Sunday morning reading.
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