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Archives for September 2010

BGHB and HBAS

  We’re in the final hours of planning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (tomorrow night) and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium (Saturday). Thanks mainly to the super-capable and farsighted Katrina Hedeen, we seem to be on track, but last night I dreamed that Seal and Heidi Klum RSVPed late and I could not find […]

>Let’s go to the movies

> Lolly Robinson, who teaches children’s literature at the Harvard ed. school along with her myriad responsibilities here at the Horn Book, has put together the premiere of The Library of the Early Mind, a documentary about children’s literature today. The Askwith Forum series will be presenting this showing for FREE and it will be […]

>Our book is out!

>A Family of Readers is published today, but I keep remembering that funny story Anne Lamott told in Bird by Bird, when she expected big things to happen on her publication date and absolutely nothing did. But you can buy it now!  Kitty has set up a page where we will post news and information […]

>Our new publisher

>Please join me in welcoming Ian Singer, our new publisher. Ian had been working as VP of content and business development for Media Source and takes over the job of publisher (of Horn Book, Library Journal and School Library Journal) from Ron Shank, who is on extended leave. Brian Kenney is adding the editorial directorship […]

>Avi

>If you’re around Cambridge this Friday, the Cambridge Public Library Children’s Room invites you to an evening with Avi, celebrating the release of his new book Crispin: the End of Time. The program begins at 7:00 PM and will be held at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave., room #152. Porter Square Books will have books […]

>Did she just say what I think she did?

>Sparked by the Speak drama, the Tea Cozy asks the question, “what would you do if someone used your review as ‘proof’ that a book shouldn’t be in a library or a classroom?” and there’s a good discussion in the comments. My own touchstone for this question is Judy Blume’s Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson, […]

>Porn? Really?

>If you were on Twitter at all yesterday, you probably saw the outrage directed at the nattering nabob in Missouri who characterized Laura Halse Anderson’s Speak as “soft pornography” and called for the book to be banished from local schools.  In an essay called “The Discovery of Like-Minded Souls” in A Family of Readers, I […]

>What’s Gonna Win?

>SLJ’s always entertaining Heavy Medal blog is back for the season and today Fuse #8 speculates on Newbery and Caldecott possibilities. I’m hopeless at this game and anyway remember the way Betsy Hearne was (verbally) spanked for having the temerity to suggest in a BCCB editorial that the Newbery Committee ought to give serious consideration […]

>First stops on the world tour

>A Family of Readers is coming out this month and already there has been some nice talk about it. BCCB found it “informative and entertaining,” PW called it “indispensable” in a boxed review, and blogger Natasha Maw has been underlining her favorite quotes via Twitter and the hashtag #familyofreaders. You should see in the right […]

>Because people are buying them for the wrong reasons

>When people ask me why the Magazine doesn’t review many best-selling picture books, I can now just point them over to J. L. Bell’s place.