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Archives for August 2010

>Reading versus watching

> Richard and I saw Salt the other night. It was great–Angelina Jolie as the central player (or so we think) of a vast conspiracy. Is she good, is she evil, predator, prey? It’s baroquely over the top yet obeys the laws of our known contemporary physical and secular universe (if you accept that, say, […]

She’ll be swell, she’ll be great . . .

  . . . and she’s got SLJ on her plate! Today Chelsey Philpot becomes the former editorial assistant at the Horn Book Guide as she begins her reign as assistant editor for School Library Journal‘s book review section and managing editor for the Second Helpings newsletter. We sent Chelsey off to New York with […]

What did Liz Taylor say to the microwave?

(Anybody besides me and Elizabeth remember that joke?) But, yes, if you are thinking about signing up for the Horn Book at Simmons, hurry because we are going to run out of spaces soon.

>Free spoilers here!

>for Mockingjay. See comments for my continued thought from Twitter. Add anything you want. [I changed the name of this post. I meant to say that there would be no spoilers on this main page but plenty in the comments. Which there are.]

The best of all possible worlds?

In the 8/16/10 issue of PW, I read a brief obituary of agent Elaine Koster, which noted, among other accomplishments, that “in 2002, she took on Khaled Hosseini, who had been previously turned down by 30 other agents. She sold his book, The Kite Runner, to Riverhead Books in a pre-empt; it went on to […]

>Do I call them the dragonettes?

>While there’s been quite a lot published about the first generation of children’s librarians, editors and booksellers, Barbara Bader has had the idea to take a closer look at the second generation–those who learned from those pioneers and struck out in new directions. For next year’s Horn Books, Barbara is planning a series of short […]

>Lend a hand–and your eyes–to the Horn Book

>Our designer Lolly Robinson, who is the go-to gal for any questions about graphic design, paper, Horn Book history and all things Beatrix Potter, is looking for an intern. Scanning, formatting, layouts for both print and electronic publications. It’s unpaid but you would learn a ton and could enjoy the glamorous HB lifestyle for a […]

>A dilemma

>Can I be appalled at the Humble, TX decision to disinvite (upon the advice of a perfidious school librarian) an author from their YA bookfest but still feel that said author needs to take a pin to her head? Then Mr. Sconzo went on to say that there are so many authors they could never […]

>The Horn Book lends a hand

>Cynsations interviews illustrator Nicole Tagdell, who credits a Horn Book article by our reviewer Susan Dove Lempke with inspiring her career.

>Perfect for the no-no corner

> I know summer is rapidly leaving us, but I wanted to tell you that Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s poster, “When A Is for Xbox: 26 Ways to Prevent Summer Reading,” is now available. You can either print out a copy for yourself for free or order the full-size, full-color scroll from us for […]