Malorie Blackman is a total YA legend. She was the Children’s Laureate, launched YALC and has written, oh, nearly 30 books. Thirty! Including her most beloved series ‘Noughts and Crosses’, which is totally becoming a TV show btw. And now she’s taking a stand against Trump’s executive order that keeps people from 7 Muslim-majority countries off American soil.
So Malorie is refusing to travel to the US of A in retaliation:
Thank you to all those who have invited me to various US lit fests/events but I won't be visiting the US any time soon. https://t.co/h558NoPfIA
— Malorie Blackman (@malorieblackman) January 29, 2017
And it looks like Malorie’s declaration was only the beginning.
Matt Haig was up next. Matt is the award-winning author of the life-saving memoir ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ (which you should all totally read btw) and a super-cute Christmas series.
We need to take any small action we can. I am not proposing a travel ban. I am simply cancelling a family holiday to America. That's all.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) January 31, 2017
Trump’s order temporarily prohibits immigrants and refugees from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the US and the world has banded together in total disgust. Yesterday, thousands of people marched against the ban, including some of our fave authors, and spoke up for what they believe in.
The book world has continued to rise.
Comma Press, an indie Manchester publisher, are seriously upping the ante with massive changes to their 2018 list:
— Comma Press (@commapress) January 31, 2017
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