Agent in Place

Booksquare led me to this profile of agent Andrew Wylie. I think my favorite line is “I suspect that the trashier the book, the more likely it is to be converted to an e-book. You don’t have a desire to save James Patterson in your library. Those who want to keep a book for a […]

Love Letter to Japan

A great song by Bird and the Bee, and one I would like to sing today in honor of Japanese publisher Rei Uemura, remarking in the April 5th issue of PW of the offerings at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair: “There are too many zombies, vampires, werewolves. I can’t tell them apart anymore.” Diane Roback […]

My Day Out

I had a wonderful sort of field trip on Friday, observing books in the wild. Breakfast with Candlewick, who showed off some highlights from their fall list including–wait, is it too soon for me to start flogging this horse? NO–Martha and my A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult […]

Not as rhetorical a question as you might have wished

From the promo blurb for My Double Life, by Janette Rallison: You know how they say everyone has a twin somewhere in the world, a person chance has formed to be their mirror image? Well, mine happens to be rock star Kari Kingsley. How crazy is that? Not crazy at all, when you, like I, […]

Who will read about who?

Whom? I never get that right. In either case, J. L. Bell has posted one of the smartest things I’ve yet read about color and reading. Much of the current blogging discussion about the “whitewashing” of covers, etc., assumes that if evil publishers and ignorant librarians would only change their ways and open their eyes […]

Publishers and bloggers

  In a comment on a recent thread, Elizabeth posted a comment that I thought deserved its own discussion so I moved it here for your consideration: Re. the question of anonymous posting, I seem to be the only person who holds the opinion that I would prefer to see people use their names, yet […]

>Blurring boundaries

>Kelly Herold (of Big A, Little a) has a new blog with a very promising premise. Crossover “focuses on a rare breed of book–the adult book teens love, the teen book adults appreciate, and (very, very occasionally) that Middle Grade book adults read. I’m interested in reviewing books that transcend these age boundaries and understanding […]

>What does this make the future look like?

>Children’s book publishing history is marked by scandalous firings and layoffs of editors; see Leonard Marcus’s Minders of Make-Believe for some of the stories. I took one on a dozen years ago, but this latest round: wow. Emma Dryden and Kevin Lewis of Simon & Schuster are the most recent of many veteran editors and […]

>Craig Virden

>I was sorry to hear of Craig Virden’s death today. We first met when I was chair of the Margaret Edwards committee and he was Richard Peck’s publisher at what is now Random House. Craig was more excited than winner Peck (who got the news while transiting the Panama Canal, so there’s that). We weren’t […]

>Whither YA?

>Josie has a post up about adults buying young adult books for their own pleasure, citing The Book Thief, Hunger Games and the Stephenie Meyer books as particular favorites among customers at The Flying Pig. I was musing about this topic the other day with the YA class over at Simmons, as we asked the […]