Books were always an escape for me, growing up. I would come home from school, where being a skinny, nearsighted, academically bright but socially clumsy geek with a speech defect meant trying to make it through the day without getting locked in my own locker again. And I could sit down with books that told me being smart was a strength. Where being an outcast made you special. These books not only helped me to escape the dystopia of junior high school, they gave me hope. They showed me possibilities. Story after story presented people like me becoming heroes…

It was years before I started to realize not everyone was as fortunate as I was.

–Jim C. Hines on representation.

2018-02-08T08:08:54+00:0015th July, 2014|Tags: books, culture, jim c. hines|