>BEA

>The last time I was at BEA it was called ABA and I had just started working here. What I remember most, along with the glitz and giveaways that made ALA look like a sidewalk sale, was one renowned (his word) author of joke books coming over to angrily berate me for the fact that  […]

>Go Rimbaud and Go Johnny Go

>I’m reading Patti Smith’s Just Kids, her reminiscence of her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and she writes a lot about her adolescent passions in reading, from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs to Rimbaud and Verlaine. It’s making me wonder what the disaffected youth of today are reading. Born in 1946, Smith is pre-YA era, but do her […]

>Support your local superstore!

>A. Bitterman has some tips! He does bring up a moral question that vexes me, though. If I want a copy of, say, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which Betsy Hearne says I do), am I morally required to go out of my way to purchase it at an independent bookseller? There […]

>Fans and readers

>We didn’t receive a review copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, so you won’t find any spoilers here. What I’ve been finding fascinating in a train-wreck kind of way are the vox populi debates over at Amazon.com, particularly a discussion thread attempting to start a RETURN THIS BOOK campaign in protest of Meyer’s “betrayal” of […]

>Expensively back from Chicago

>Pay very, very close attention to your dates when you get a paperless ticket, he says $350.00 dollars later. I mistakenly booked myself to return from Chicago TODAY instead of YESTERDAY. Apparently you can’t fly standby when it’s the day before, either. But I had to get back to you. (Now that Cyndi Lauper/Celine Dion […]

>Lost in the 60s

>and the 70s I’ve been, listening to Julie Andrews marvelously read her new autobiography Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (Hyperion) and reading Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–and the Journey of a Generation. Forget the “You’re So Vain” gossip–did you know “Car on a Hill” was about Jackson […]

>People Lust for Fame Like Athletes in a Game

>Is or is not “Stars” the most lugubrious song Janis Ian ever wrote? And that is saying a lot. In either event, here are the starred books from the March/April Horn Book Magazine:Dog and Bear: Two’s Company (Porter/Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Rex Zero, King of Nothing (Kroupa/Farrar) by Tim Wynne-Jones […]

>Adolescent upsets

>In addition to the satisfying spectacle of Maria Sharapova being picked off by a younger (and quieter!) player, I was also treated this past weekend to a superb exposition of teen angst, in the unlikely Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 German play, the show and catchy tunes are pure YA: love, […]