Five questions for Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

To tell the complex story of her great-uncle, bookseller Lewis Michaux, 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award–winner (for Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal) Vaunda Micheaux Nelson employs an amalgamation of historical research, family stories, and her own imagination. No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and […]

Two things to do tonight

One: Ruta Sepetys will be speaking and signing her novel Between Shades of Gray tonight at Porter Square Books in Cambridge at 7:00PM. Two: I am being interviewed by Emma Walton Hamilton tonight at 7:00PM EDT at the Children’s Book Hub. It’s a membership site, but you can listen for free by following this link. […]

I’ll be in Texas but you should go

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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.

Yes, but look at $9.99 upside-down

Amazon.com’s announcement that it is acquiring Marshall Cavendish‘s trade book department is making me think again about last week’s blogosphere discussion re bloggers and publishers and review copies. In that conversation, Pam Coughlan (Mother Reader), rightfully decrying William Morrow’s graceless attempts to make bloggers jump through hoops in order to receive free ARCs, asked, “Can […]

Stories for a Spooky Night

I hope I will see some of you this evening at 6:00PM at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square for a conversation I’ll be leading about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, just out from Houghton Mifflin. Sponsored by the Harvard Book Store, the panel includes Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Margaret Raymo. Unfortunately, neither […]

Upcoming October 28th

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I’ll be moderating a panel with Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Margaret Raymo about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, reviewed and excerpted in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine. The event is at the Harvard Bookstore*, who I will forgive for calling me a “children’s book editor.” (I don’t know who they […]

>Field trip!

>Writer Susan Kushner Resnick pays tribute to one of our finest local institutions, the New England Mobile Book Fair.

>First stops on the world tour

>A Family of Readers is coming out this month and already there has been some nice talk about it. BCCB found it “informative and entertaining,” PW called it “indispensable” in a boxed review, and blogger Natasha Maw has been underlining her favorite quotes via Twitter and the hashtag #familyofreaders. You should see in the right […]

>Where There Be Dragons

>Elissa just pointed me to this interview with Children’s Book Shop owner Terri Schmitz. Opinionated, indeed–when I was recently in there buying some birthday presents, Terri heaped scorn upon a book that had been highly recommended in the most recent Horn Book. Stop by, and maybe she will tell you what it was.

>Championed by Children

> Mitali Perkins has up a great letter sent on her behalf by a group of second-graders to Barnes and Noble: “we were surprised when we figured out that most of your bookstores in Massachusetts don’t carry her books. Why do you not carry Mitali Perkins’ books in your bookstore?!” Who knows if they will […]