April was quite a ride, wasn’t it? We had a blast bringing you well over thirty reviews, articles, and interviews about autistic representation in middle grade and young adult books, and we’re so very proud of all the content created for it.
Thank you so much to our contributors for your insights, ponderings, enthusiasm, and criticism.
And thanks so much to everybody who read, shared, and commented on our posts.
While Autism on the Page is over, the content is is still here. You’ll always easily be able to access the month’s posts by reading the “autism on the page” tag—or our “autism” category, which includes autism-related posts written before and after the event. We intended for this to be more than just a one-month event: we intended for it to be a lasting resource for authors, editors, educators, readers, and more. Keep sharing, keep reading, and we’ll do our best to keep adding new, valuable content into the mix.
As wonderful as Autism on the Page was, after a month like that, we’re pretty exhausted. Nevertheless, we’re forging onward and announcing our next event:
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we’re hosting a week-long event next week containing reviews, interviews, and several fascinating discussions.
This event came about after a discussion on Twitter several months ago—involving Katherine Locke and Kelly Jensen, among others—about the poor representation of mental illness in young adult literature. Many people joined the discussion to express frustrations about various tropes, from the way characters often dismiss therapy and medication out of hand to the way suicide has been portrayed in recent novels.
We thought that these topics warranted a more in-depth look, which can be hard to manage on a platform like Twitter. Thankfully, many people we reached out to agreed, and we’re very excited to share their thoughts with you—starting Monday the 18th!
Corinne, Kayla, and Kody