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Archives for December 2009

>So long, Claire-bear

> I’m sorry to have to tell you that our cherished Claire Gross is soon to depart these glamorous environs for the delights of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, home of many Horn Book friends including Betsy Hearne, Christine Jenkins and Deborah Stevenson. So now you […]

>More Fanfare

>The official Fanfare 2009 list is up on our site, along with links to previous lists going back to 1938, the year we began constructing such a thing. It’s both enlightening and sobering to go back over the lists to see which books stick around (from 1938, The Hobbit) and which disappear (Jerry of Seven-Mile […]

>We had candy AND cake in the office today

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>Check for lint

>Andrew sent me this op-ed re Kirkus and consumer reviewing whose sentiments I much appreciate, especially this gem: “Too often, the pretense of sharing advice devolves into oversharing the contours of one’s navel.” Meghan Daum is here talking primarily about consumer boards like Yelp and Amazon reviews, and I noticed yesterday while looking something up […]

>Da-da-da-DAH

>(Approximating the fanfare from the old Imperial margarine commercial) The new issue of Notes is out, complete with the Fanfare choices, our picks for the best books of the year.

>Kirkus Alive

>Frequent Horn Book contributor and former owner of Kirkus Reviews, Barbara Bader offers her thoughts on the announced shuttering of that review service: Kirkus Alive Within days, Kirkus will cease publishing after 76 years. A long, sometimes turbulent run, which has meant different things in the fields of children’s and adult books. I was successively, […]

>Kirkus

>The news about Kirkus is very sad. I am friends with several of the children’s editors–Lillian Gerhardt, Barbara Bader (who was also the owner and publisher for a time), Diane Roback, Joanna Rudge Long, Karen Breen and current editor Vicky Smith. And I treasure one issue, published interregnum and written by the adult staff, which […]

>"Now we had both done what we both swore we’d never do."

>Simon & Schuster has reissued V. C. Andrews’ notorious Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind in an omnibus edition that screams “if you liked Twilight . . .” But oh how it brings me back. I began my career as a library journalist with Flowers in the Attic. SLJ editor Lillian Gerhardt […]

>Infer this.

>Magazine reviewer Jonathan Hunt offers his picks for the five best YA works of fiction this year over at NPR. I will nitpick that one of the choices is not fiction and another not YA but all five are good books. Three of them appear on our Fanfare list, which will be whizzing its way […]

>Jacob’s Java?

>This past Sunday, Debbie Reese’s blog featured her friend and colleague Jean Mendoza’s trip to Forks and La Push. With photos! The one thing I like about those books is the weather; Jean Reports that no Cullens were seen on her trip, probably due to the abundant sunshine.