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Archives for January 2008

>Going down a dark hall

>I’d like to second Elizabeth’s hopes (see comments in Monday’s post) for a Gothic revival. I’ve just finished listening to Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, narrated by Tony Britton. When I told friends I was reading it, to a woman they started talking about their adolescent (around 10 up, I think) mania for Du […]

>News from the Guide proofreading room

>Fall 2007 trends? Pirates, unlikely fantasy heroes, African American historical fiction, kids who killed their friends.

>It’s better than the hanky code!

>These are brilliant. Hey, Leila: does this come in H-E-N-R-Y and R-I-B-S-Y?

>Does size matter?

>Motoko Rich reports that Hugo Cabret is the longest Caldecott winner ever. (Boy, is she sharp or what?) I wonder if any Newberys are longer. Although the neater parallel record would be the shortest Newbery: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn?

>Some people still wear a hat.

>Former Horn Book editor Anita Silvey received the Education Publishing Association‘s Ludington Award “for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the paperback book business.” Her confrerees at the award banquet sported the singular Silvey accessory in her honor: (Anita is second from the left.) Let us join in the salute. Congrats, A.S.! […]

>Taking the Children

>It’s been a while, but Richard clipped an article for me that speaks to us all. It’s NY Times movie critic A. O. Scott writing about taking his kids to movies for which they are putatively too young, and he builds his argument from books: ” . . . something in me rebels against the […]

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party: Author M. T. Anderson’s 2007 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

I would like to speak of reading and of the town where I grew up; I would like to speak of Stow, Massachusetts, some forty miles from here, as it was in the glorious year 1976. In that bicentennial year, our town was still rural, and in the center stood the white-steepled church and the […]

>At least they didn’t give it to Mittens

>Here’s the SLJ article asking if Orson Scott Card’s beliefs about homosexuality should have been taken into account when YALSA awarded him the Margaret Edwards Award. I dunno if this is a real controversy; has anyone heard it brought up elsewhere?

>Caldecott shout-out

>Relive the excitement and hear the applause-o-meter for yourself on our Press Conference Podcast.

>It’s Following Me!

>I’m home from ALA and the Caldecott considerations only to bump back into the Newbery: Gary Schmidt and a gaggle of his Calvin College students are currently navigating their way to our offices. They are all in town this month for a course on “The New England Saints,” (Hawthorne, Dickinson, etc.) so I’m guessing this […]