>For appearances sake

>Because of a scheduling conflict, Martha P. and I will be speaking at the Eric Carle sometime later in the year rather than this month. But I am all set for this evening’s panel discussion at 7:00 P.M. at the Cambridge P.L. with the Scooby-Doo Diversity Gang–Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Deva Fagan, Malinda Lo, […]

>Horn Book reviews of NBA finalists

>Kitty has posted ‘em. One is still forthcoming and another will not be reviewed as its publisher decided rather late in the game that it was in fact a book for young people.

>As Alice Rosenbaum turns in her grave

>With this hell that is my cold (not just mine; everybody at the Horn Book is taking turns staying home sick, and over on Facebook Elizabeth said she felt like she was three dwarfs at once: Dopey, Sneezy and Grumpy) I’m sorry I haven’t been here for a few days. I did have a bright […]

>What’s with all the flashbacks?

>I wish I could find this great example Florence King gave of a sentence filled with clauses and “had”s and “had had”s that indicated that an author “had failed to begin her story far enough back in time.” Flashbacks are ruining my prime-time experience. Lost, Heroes, Damages, even Without a Trace–it seems like they can’t […]

>I like a man with a sense of humor, and this one is going to need it.

>The Times reports that Mr. President has retaken his oath: For their do-over, the two men convened in the White House Map Room at 7:35 p.m. for a brief proceeding that was not announced until it was completed successfully. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said. “I am,” Mr. Obama replied. […]

>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt update

>While I could not get HMH to confirm or deny Jane Yolen’s claim that the children’s division was not bound by the no-submissions policy announced last week, I see from a Hillel Italie AP story that Joe-the-spokesman is apparently talking to someone. In a report of today’s resignation of adult trade publisher Becky Saletan, Italie […]