Friday Link Love

It’s a beautiful sunny Friday here in Colorado. Today’s link roundup includes a delicious recipe from a modern homesteader and some food for thought as well.

Have you checked out the Tattered Cover’s events lineup this month? I’m already geeking out over George R. R. Martin coming to town, and I still have three weeks to go.

When I lived in Boston, I loved Porter Square Books. They have a great post about supporting your local indie. Despite the fact that I work in publishing, it took the closing of one of my all-time favorite bookstores, The Curious George Bookstore in Harvard Square, for me to wake up to the plight of bookstores. A little more than two months ago, I resolved to never again buy books from Amazon. There was a little sticker shock at first as I adjusted to buying graphic novels at list price, but it was the right choice for me—to spend a little more money to invest in my community and in the future of books.

Do you follow Modern Homestead author Renee Wilkinson’s blog, Hip Chick Digs? This week, she posted this recipe for strawberry lemon marmalade, and I can’t wait to try it out this weekend. Yum.

Native Appropriations was on Al Jazeera! They even aired the “Don’t Tread on My Culture” video made in response to Operation code name Geronimo. Check out the video for a great dialogue on postcolonial appropriation of Native and indigenous culture:

Speaking of opening dialogues on race and the history of white supremacy in the US, Indian Voices author Alison Owing’s post on three of Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence set the Twitterverse a-tweeting over the holiday weekend. It’s worth a look.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy reading!

Familiar faces at ALA

We were delighted to see Trickster, Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection contributor Tim Tingle featured in today’s blog post from American Indians in Children’s Literature! Our ALA attendees, Brynn and Carolyn, had a great time at ALA. They’ll be posting their thoughts on the show this week, so stay tuned!

Friday Link Round-Up

It’s a gorgeous sunny Friday here in Colorado. I’m looking forward to a great Father’s Day weekend, and with that in mind, this week’s news roundup is a tribute to getting under the sun and off of the Internet.

Publishers Weekly has a great post on author tricks for staying offline while writing.

Our staff put together a list of their Father’s Day book picks. Check it out and maybe grab a book for Dad.

And while you’re shopping this weekend, get thee to a farmers’ market! The Vail Farmers’ Market and Art show begins this Sunday.

There are lots of great upcoming events at the Denver Botanic Gardens, including an evening nature walk with Dr. Daniel Wildcat, author of Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge.

Finally, this week we were delighted to hear that Renee Wilkinson’s signing at Elliott Bay Book Company went well, and then saddened to hear that tragedy had struck the homestead. Poor Bertie!

Link love: Native American Blogs

As promised, today I’m going to share a roundup of the Native American blogs I stalk read regularly on a noncreepy basis.

Beyond Buckskin: Jessica Metcalfe’s blog on Native American fashion. She recognizes Native American fashion designers of all stripes—from high-fashion haute couture to Etsy sellers who are just beginning to make a name for themselves. This past weekend, she posted a video from Zuni Pueblo (represent!) jewelry designer Colin Coonsis, who is one of my favorites, and her blog has introduced me to a lot of new designers, like Martini Couture. She doesn’t shy away from calling out non-Native designers for appropriation either.

And speaking of appropriation, Native AppropriationsMy Culture Is Not a Trend, and Hipster Appropriations each cover Native American cultural appropriation in pop culture in their own way. Adrienne, the blogger behind Native Appropriations, covers the good and the bad with thoughtful analysis (her post on the Pendleton brand is a great example of this). My Culture Is Not a Trend dishes up examples of appropriations with a side of biting commentary (I frequently forward the post on Native jewelry). Bree and Marquita at Hipster Appropriations focus on hipster racism and yuppie culture, plus sometimes they quote Inigo Montoya.

And finally, because we’re all book nerds here,  American Indians in Children’s Literature is a fantastic source for good children’s books and scholarly critique. I started reading Debbie’s blog because she was a kindred soul, writing about the racist imagery and characterization in the Twilight books while sparklevamp fever swept the nation. I kept reading Debbie’s blog because she’s Pueblo (represent!) and she has great book recommendations.

Do you read any Native or book blogs that you love?