Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Washington Blade reviews some children's trans-fluid books; independent bookstore threatened by real estate taxes and needs fundraiser

The Washington Blade has a review page of four children’s books, link.   The reviews appear with a discussion of the observation that LGBT materials in public schools, even in lower grades, objected to by some conservatives, reduce bullying. Major NYC publishing houses do support offering these books.

“What Riley Wore” by Elana K. Arnold and Linda Davik (Simon & Schuster) feature a child whose gender is not stated, wanting to be a firefighter.

“Oglivy” by Deborah Underwood (Henry Holt) features an animal character (bunny) whose gender roles are challenged.

“Dazzling Travis: A Story About Being Confident and Original” by Hannah Carmonah Dias and Brenda Figueroa (Cardinal Rule Press) presents a young PoC boy whose play objects are challenged.

“Sam!”, by Dan Gabriel (Penny Candy Books) presents a 9 year old transgender (F-to-M) transgender boy.

I’ve been asked in emails if I do children’s, or even with leading questions as to why I don’t, as if it could be some sort of writers’ prerequisite, but I’ll leave answering that for another time.

Also, an independent book store in Arlington VA (near the Falls Church line on Lee Highway), One More Page Books, which I have visited for at least one event, held an auction fund raiser to suddenly rising rent due to sudden escalation of county real estate taxes.  I used to live in Arlington until I sold a house in 2017, and I am surprised by this.  Here is a typical news story

You can reasonably ask me why I wasn’t more aware of this before, and that’s a good question.  I get asked a lot these days why I am not more aggressive with “business” issues.  That ultimately gets back to the free speech debate that I’ll come back to.  I sort of expect Tim Pool or David Pakman to have to take up this subject one of these days.

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