Boston this week

marathon Boston this weekThanks to all who have emailed, called, texted or tweeted their concern for our safety and well-being. We are all fine. The attack coincided with an all-staff conference call with our New York colleagues, so I didn’t find out about it until later in the day when information was available but fragmentary and spookily fact-free, as when the TV was telling us that an unexploded bomb had been found under the VIP viewing stands, just one of the false statements later quashed and replaced by equally evidence-free speculation. Yesterday afternoon brought a flurry of reports, all sourced to the Boston Police, that a suspect was in custody and an arrest was iminent. Apparently not.

Copley Square, the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, is still off-limits (as is Boston Public Library’s Central Library). I think it’s the most beautiful spot in the city and I hope it can reopen soon. The picture to the left is of Marathon Sports, the running store near the finish line whose employees went to the rescue after the first blast. I’ve been buying my running shoes there since 1996 and while the employees have always been exceptionally helpful, now they’re my heroes.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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