I've been with both readergirlz and Guys Lit Wire since they began, and since we have some crossover readership, I wanted to share the rgz news with the GLW community. As posted by Lorie Ann Grover:
we began this nonprofit organization ten years ago, readers in all
demographics did not have access to authors. This access was our aim,
our mission. The founders of readergirlz were driven to make those connections around the world. And we did.Beginning
in Myspace, traveling to Blogger, Facebook, and Twitter, readers
connected directly with young adult authors. One such memory: midnight,
October 31, 2008, readers around the world chatted with Stephenie Meyer,
and we sat back with glee. Whether a best seller or not, we brought
diverse books to the spotlight, including the quiet and profound, such
as No Laughter Here.
Our second passion over the ten years has
been to get books into the hands of underserved teens. Readergirlz
dropped hundreds of thousands of books to teens in hospitals and on
Tribal Lands with the help of amazing partners like YALSA, First Book,
and If I Can Read I Can Do Anything. Around the world, readergirlz
celebrated Support Teen Lit Day and Teen Read Week by leaving young
adult books in public places to be found by other readers. Operation
Teen Book Drop and #RocktheDrop brought joy to many.
has been: Read, Reflect, and Reach Out. We have done that together. At
our busiest, there were 30 volunteers from across the industry giving
their time to books that featured gutsy girls and to the gutsy readers
themselves. Librarians, teachers, booksellers, bloggers, and authors
gave generously. Our funding was from our own pockets, libraries and
schools who generously donated, and award money we garnered from The
James Patterson PageTurner Award and The National Book Foundation's
Innovation in Learning Prize. We never sold ad space to remain unbiased
in bringing the best literature forward to you.
In ten years, we
have seen girls graduate high school, enter the workforce, go to
college, pursue master's degrees, marry, and have children. Together, we
mourned the passing of one of our dearest. We miss her still.
you have encouraged one another and motivated authors to keep writing.
Some of you have grown to become writers yourselves. And we are so happy
for you! You are gutsy women, strong citizens, and it is an honor walk
In light of the ease and accessibility today to find,
follow, and enjoy connections between authors and readers, the
co-founders, divas, and support team are returning to their own work
fully, ending readergirlz. Many former contributors will continue to
write the very best books for the very best readers, young adults. The
readergirlz website will be active through the end of 2017. The blog is complete, archiving our past, and it will remain accessible but not active.
As an aside, I, Lorie Ann Grover, will keep the readergirlz facebook page open as I love occasionally sharing what crosses my desk and having a touch point with you in the future.
raise a book, to what we created together, rgz. It has been an honor to
read together, reflect together, and reach out together. I speak for
all who worked in our organization over the 10 years: we love you so,
and we will see you soon. In person or on page.With love, Lorie Ann Grover
Justina Chen, Janet Lee Carey, Dia Calhoun, Little Willow, Holly
Cupala, Martha Brockenbrough, Micol Ostow, Melissa Walker, Mitali
Perkins, Liz Gallagher, Elizabeth Scott, Sara Easterly, Jackie
Parker-Robinson, Hipwritermama, Miss Erin, ShelfElf, Jen, Kat Ogden,
Bethany Hegadus, Crissa Jean Chappell, Stephanie Guerra, Rene
Kirkpatrick, Judy Nelson, Sharon Levin, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Professor
Nana, Priya, Silence is Golden, Vanessa, Sarah, Enna Isalee, Jacqueline,
Olivia, Alex, Marlena, Taylor, Vampire, and Nancy Pearl