We’re participating in the Celebrate Diana Wynne Jones blog tour to honor this incredible writer whom Roger called “a long and true friend of the Horn Book.” Her hilarious essay “The Other Half,” first published in the September/October 2008 Horn Book Magazine, reveals a surprising problematic element of school visits.
by Diana Wynne Jones This is not about my own school. I prefer to forget that. This is about how a large part of the job description when you write for children is the remorseless visiting of schools. When I was young and strong, I was required to do this almost once a week. Half […]
Yesterday afternoon, my friend Kirk and I went to see Marilyn Horne give a masterclass at Harvard. The location was incidental, as the event was actually sponsored by Oberlin, where Horne is Distinguished Professor of Voice, and the four singers had all worked with her there. (Many thanks to Oberlin alum Elissa, who scored us […]
I had some henna art done Friday at a fundraiser, and got several compliments in the office yesterday even though the design is starting to fade a bit. This morning I started following author Catherynne M. Valente on Twitter. I reviewed her wonderfully bizarre YA fantasy novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship […]
Rick Bowers’s previous book, Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. The journalist and historian’s latest offering is another compellingly told and meticulously researched account of events surrounding the civil […]
Grace Lin will be signing her new novel Dumpling Days at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on January 21st at 1:00 P.M. Jennifer has reviewed it for the March issue and it’s great. Plus, Grace is known for bringing treats to her signings, so go, eat.
For a writer so notoriously prolific (closing in on three hundred titles, according to Wikipedia) Jane Yolen is notable for maintaining a high standard of writing across many genres, including poetry, picture book texts, and fiction of both the realistic and fantastic kinds. Her latest novel, Snow in Summer, is a fresh blend of historical […]
This Saturday afternoon, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, Cambridge Public Library and M.I.T. are sponsoring a panel discussion, “The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books.” Featuring several contributors (Katherine Paterson, M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, and James Ransome) to the collaborative novel The Exquisite […]
In preparing for an interview this afternoon with Daniel Handler about his and Maira Kalman’s forthcoming (and terrific) book Why We Broke Up, I came across “Thirteen Observations Made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance.” I especially like observation no. 4: “People who say money doesn’t matter are like […]
The first helium-filled creatures to bob through Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning were brought to being by master puppeteer Tony Sarg in the 1920s. Now master illustrator Melissa Sweet, a prolific artist and winner of a Caldecott Honor for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, has created an effervescent […]