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Archives for October 2009

>I know this has happened before,

>but when do you think trick-or-treating starts when Halloween is on a Saturday? I can’t believe Hopey has been running things since January and still hasn’t gotten back to us on this.

>Let’s not forget that the gal had a good point, but

>The discussion/flamewar over at Betsy’s place about the Amazon Vine program reminds me yet again of the best way to get people to leave comments on a blog post: write something about blogging that implies in even the tiniest way that some practices might be better than others. People love to go all meta on […]

>Paging the Ambassador . . .

>The most interesting statistic of this teen reading survey concerns who responded to it: “while we purposely marketed the survey to attract male readers, females are the vast majority (96%) of responders.” It would be really good to know if book reading breaks down in similarly dramatic proportions. We know that girls and women read […]

The science museum had lost its charm

I twittered my on-the-spot reactions to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science, mainly, as a way to kill time because this show was definitely So Not My Thing. While I knew it was going to be about the films (which I’ve only seen out of the corner of my eye on […]

But Where in the World Is Nina Garcia?

It’s getting very difficult to muddle on without her, but we have nevertheless appointed our judges for the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. They are Horn Book Magazine executive editor Martha V. Parravano, NYT children’s books editor Julie Just, and novelist (and long-time-ago Horn Book columnist) Gregory Maguire. Information about the awards and guidelines for […]

>Wild Thing, I think I . . .

>. . . well, I don’t know what to think of the new Spike Jonze movie but luckily Claire does and she tells you here.

>Feed me.

>A couple of weeks ago, in the aftermath of telling Alan Kaufman to do a not very nice thing to himself, I asked him to name names of the “high-tech propagandists” who tell us that we will be better off without books. I found one: . . . the techies in Silicon Valley are giving […]

>How many words would it take?

>Inspired by our Martha, Jonathan Hunt has a good post up over at Heavy Medal about the possibility of a picture book ever winning the Newbery Medal.

>Taking names

>I think it was in Martina Navratilova’s autobiography that I read that Rita Mae Brown found names for her characters by wandering through old cemeteries. Now she could just wander through my junk mail, which today provided me with Dahlia Holley, Ailene Petruso, Arlean Taina, Shane Zavatson and Sarah Madrid. There must be a science […]

>The Magic School Bus Visits the Bowels of the Unconscious

>The Horn Book offices will be closed this afternoon as the staff is making a field trip to see Where the Wild Things Are.