Friday Links

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a terrific week and that the weekend ahead holds some excellent adventures. Busy, busy over here, so this is just a fly-by post to give you this week’s links. Happy writing, and enjoy!

Get to Know the Finalists for the 2014 National Book Award – Looking for a weekend read? Maybe give one of these babies a try.

Seven Stories Chooses 50 Best Books for Cultural Diversity – Get your kids going on diverse reading early with these wonderful recommendations, divided by age range.

Is This a Golden Age for Women Essayists? – A look at some of the wonderful volumes of essays written by women that have been released recently, and some thoughts about what that means.

Shut Up and Write (Or: “I Really Want to Be a Writer, But…”) – Tough love from Chuck Wendig