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Stone Soup Digest 04.14.23

Scholastic, Summer Reading Guide, Mac & Cheese
Stone Soup Digest 04.14.23
Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona / Unsplash

Welcome to the Stone Soup Weekly Digest! This is where I share what I'm up to and some of my favorite things from around the internet. Subscribe to Stone Soup to get this in your inbox every week.

Support trans rights in Missouri

Yesterday, Missouri’s Attorney General announced a massive attack on human rights through an “emergency rule” imposing restrictions on gender-affirming care for people of all ages. There’s no softening this one, friends: this is an attempt to eradicate trans people from the state of Missouri, and it sets a dangerous precedent. Here’s what you can do right now:

  • Support ACLU and ACLU-MO, the Missouri ACLU affiliate. ACLU has already released a statement condemning this action and pledging to provide legal support to all effected.
  • Support PROMO, a prominent LGBTQ+ rights organization on the ground in Missouri.
  • Seek resources to support your trans kids.
  • Contact your representatives to voice your objection to this rule and to demand their commitment to protect trans and queer people in your state.

Scholastic’s Huge Mistake

Scholastic, one of the biggest publishers and distributors in kidlit, demanded that Japanese-American author Maggie Tokuda-Hall remove mentions of racism from her book Love In the Library. The book is about Japanese incarceration in the US during the second world war, and Scholastic apparently thought it would be too controversial to bring up racism while discussing this topic. Read Tokuda-Hall’s thoughts on the matter here. Buy the book for yourself here.

Trauma-Informed Care for Patients with Large Bodies

Cast your vote to fight fatphobia in healthcare! The 2023 BRIght Futures Prize awards $100,000 for medical research each year. This team – composed of Janet Rich-Edwards ScD, Chioma Tomlinson PA-C, and Maranatha Hampson – proposes a plan to address the fatphobic gap in clinical knowledge, which encompasses understanding of the impact of anti-fat bias on patients, as an opportunity to enhance health equity for millions of patients. Voting is easy, and it’s open to everyone around the world! Click here to learn more and cast your vote.

Alex Brown’s Summer Reading Guide for Grades 9-12

Summer Reading Guide for 9th Graders
Summer Reading Guide for 10th Graders
Summer Reading Guide for 11th Graders
Summer Reading Guide for 12th Graders

KNOW YOUR STATION #5 came out this week!

Head to your local comic shop and pick up a copy while you can!! If you prefer digital, KNOW YOUR STATION #5 is available at comiXology.

Flights of Foundry this weekend

Starting today (April 14) I’m a Guest of Honor at Flights of Foundry, a completely virtual digital writing conference! Here’s where you can find me over the course of the next few days:


  • Rookery Reading
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Contest Winner Showcase
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Beautiful Beginnings
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Guest of Honor Interview
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Pacific)


  • Transfolk in SFF
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Climbing the Skills Ladder
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Your Influence is Showing
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Pacific)


  • Queer Historical Fiction
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Exceptional Endings
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Pacific)

Personal Canons Cookbook Highlight: Hilary B. Bisenieks

Hilary B. Bisenieks is a Philadelphian, a podcaster, and a Quaker. They live with their wife and two cats in Oakland, California. Hilary is the host of Tales from the Trunk, a podcast about science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing. You can find links to all their work at https://hilarybisenieks.com.

Bisenieks’ Personal Canons Cookbook essay dives deep into grief, community, and what it means to bring trust to your relationship with food. The essay is accompanied by a recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese. The recipe can scale up or down to feed two people or twenty, and you might be able to make it with things you already have. Go give it a read, and remember to trust the process.

I’m Reading: Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now, it's up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect.

Barnes & Noble | Local Library | Bad River Website | Find an Indie Bookstore

Ester’s family was torn apart when a manticore killed her mother and baby brother, leaving her with nothing but her father’s painful silence and a single, overwhelming need to kill the monsters that took her family.

Ester’s path leads her to the King’s Royal Mews, where the giant rocs of legend are flown to hunt manticores by their brave and dedicated ruhkers. Paired with a fledgling roc named Zahra, Ester finds purpose and acclaim by devoting herself to a calling that demands absolute sacrifice and a creature that will never return her love. The terrifying partnership between woman and roc leads Ester not only on the empire’s most dangerous manticore hunt, but on a journey of perseverance and acceptance.

Barnes & Noble | Local Library | Bad River Website | Find an Indie Bookstore

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