Summer Book Conventions: El recaps BookExpo America & BookCon 2018!

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Better late than never, eh?

This year I attended the final day of BookExpo America (BEA) and the two days of BookCon, which took place from June 1-3 in New York City.

This is book-lovers’ paradise– a massive convention hall filled with publishers. And most of them are really eager to sell (or give away) their upcoming releases.

But before I get to the exciting part– the ARCs, of course! (and maybe a giveaway of my own…?)– I want to share some of my experiences from the Cons.

Check it out. And don’t forget to read to the end of the post, where you might find some awesome surprises.

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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Supergirl’ introduces Nia Nal, the first trans superhero on TV!

DC’s hit TV show Supergirl has some big news– three new characters will be joining the show for Season 4, including Nia Nal (aka Dreamer), player by Nicole Maines! Even more exciting is the news that Maines, a trans actress, will portray the first transgender superhero on television!

Maines is a trans activist and actress who has appeared on Royal Pains, The Trans List, Becoming Nicole book, and more. The character of Nia Nal is a precog who sees the future in her dreams. DC enthusiast will recognize the Nal name from the Legion of Superheroes, where her great great (great?) granddaughter lives in the future.

Executive Producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner confirm that they sought out a trans actor for the role. “We found a real life superhero in Nicole Maines,” Queller said. “We did a worldwide talent search for this role we always were seeking a trans actress. That was always our intention.”

“The show is about inclusion,” Rovner said.

Supergirl returns this Fall for a new season on the CW.

Top of the Stack: December 2017

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JLR Top of the Stack

2017 is drawing to a close, but there are still tons of great books to read before we ring in 2018! So it’s time again for our Top of the Stack!

The weather is growing chilly and grey (unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere, you lucky ducks), and it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a warm drink. So here are our most anticipated reads of December… go forth and add to your TBRs!

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Sneak Peak by Mel: “The Black Tides of Heaven” & “The Red Threads of Fortune”, by JY Yang

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As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature and authors, we want to give you a sneak peak at the upcoming twin novellas The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang, which show a wonderful concept of gender and transgenderness as well as several transgender characters.

Mel has already read them and can’t shut up about them because they were incredibly good.

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Interview with Anna-Marie McLemore, author of “When the Moon Was Ours” and “Wild Beauty”

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Throughout the month of July, the team here at Just Love will be elevating and highlighting trans authors and books! Our Trans Book Month has some incredible guest posts and recommendation lists so far, and we encourage you to check them out. Today we’re thrilled to have author Anna-Marie McLemore on the site, to talk about her books When the Moon Was Ours and Wild Beauty.

Before we begin the interview, I want to include the gorgeous dedication at the start of When the Moon Was Ours:

To the boys who get called girls,
the girls who get called boys,
and those who live outside these words.
To those called names
and those searching for names of their own.
To those who live on the edges,
and in the spaces in between.
I wish for you every light in the sky.

I’m so excited to be joined today by author Anna-Marie McLemore, author of When the Moon Was Ours and upcoming release Wild Beauty. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Anna-Marie.

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