Here is a link to a post I recently did as a guest contributor to Racialicious.com.
Alicia Valdes-Rodriguez also did a guest post for Racialicious about race and gender as themes in Stephanie Meyer's TWILIGHT series. She compares J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER, which she says is more "left" and progressive, with Meyer's books which are more right wing and religious. Interesting read -- the comments are worth a look, too.
Also, a Call for Submissions from two Assistant Professors who are doing an anthology of YA literature from "International and marginalized countries." They're working with Words Without Borders, the publisher that put out LITERARY VOICES FROM THE "AXIS OF EVIL": WRITING FROM IRAN, IRAQ, NORTH KOREA, AND OTHER ENEMY NATIONS. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
In other news: rainy and dreary here. Hope it's sunny and bright (and preferably warm) where you are!