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Archives for September 2008

>Cast your vote for the future

>over at Nina Lindsay and SLJ’s new mock-Newbery blog, “Heavy Medal.” Lots of titles are being suggested, including the two BGHB Honor Books Savvy and Shooting the Moon. I’ll be meeting authors Ingrid Law and Frances O’Roark Dowell this Friday at the BGHB Awards, held as usual in the swank confines of the Boston Athenaeum. […]

>Philip Gets His Groove Back

>After his unusual demureness in face of the star-making machinery, I’m pleased to see Philip Pullman recovering his characteristic pugnacity to defend his dark materials from the interference of the interfering Faithful: “Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel […]

>James Joyce wins BGHB?

>You know, I was there and it was nothing like this. [Update–the link was to a German blog titled “Boston Globe Horn Book Awards” filled with English words and sentences strung together in a way that occasionally made sense but more often were simply madly stream-of-consciousness insanity. Apparently now it takes you to another site. […]

>"Well, here’s one thing in the mail that is not a bill."

>Said Beverly Cleary in her Newbery acceptance speech, quoting from a letter written to her by a young reader. Cleary went on to bemoan the cookie-cutter class-assignment letters she received by the thousands, and who can blame her? But who can top her? Lisi Harrison (The Clique), that’s who, caught by Chasing Ray in a […]

>Palin/McCain for peace and quiet

>Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go has won the Guardian’s children’s fiction prize. The book was published this month in the U.S. by Candlewick and will be reviewed in the November issue of the Horn Book Magazine. It’s an SF novel about a society where people can hear each other think. Like that […]

>Star bar

>My favorite curmudgeonly critic Norman Lebrecht offers his point of view about the ever-increasing trend toward using stars as critical shorthand:Of all the devices that devalue the function of criticism, the bar of stars is among the most pernicious. It suggests that artistic creation can be ticked off like a school essay and subjected to […]

>Well, that’s one way around it.

>Jezebel has a post up about the recent challenge to Of Mice and Men at a Kansas City high school for use of the word nigger. I liked this comment from “Miss Scarlet in the hall with a . . .”:In middle school I knew a girl who “objected” to Huckleberry Finn because of the […]

>When Worlds Collide

>Our designer Lolly Robinson was spending a choir rehearsal break sitting in a Plymouth coffee shop and re-reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, only to emerge and see this: Lolly emailed me, “It made me wonder what other experiences like this people have had while still in the thrall of a children’s book.” It reminded me […]

>Holding Mary Sue’s Feet to the Fire

>If these are the questions I don’t want to see the answers.

>I’ll have to remember this argument come January.

> From the NYT report on the Emmy Awards, interviewing David Shore, executive producer of House: “There are awards for [popularity]; they’re called ratings,” Mr. Shore said. “There are really good shows on cable, and even if only 10 people are watching them, if they’re good they should be recognized.”