>Excuse My Dust

>A Horn Book interview with Philip Pullman is forthcoming on our website later this week; Philip and I spent a few minutes on Friday discussing the upcoming Golden Compass movie and the peculiar Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, whose job I totally want: the man makes more than 300,000 smackers a year interviewing himself […]

>Fantasy-astic

>Gregory Maguire and Susan Cooper, photo by Richard Asch While the rest of you were chowing down on thousand-dollar-a-plate surf-n-turf at the National Book Awards (unless you were too busy fondling–oh ICK I can’t even say it) I was scarfing cookies graciously provided by Candlewick Press and Simon & Schuster as refreshment for our evening […]

>Reading by the numbers

>Monica Edinger has been hosting a lively discussion stemming from Jonathan Hunt’s Horn Book article, “Epic Fantasy Meets Sequel Prejudice.” Sequels sure do pose questions to reviewers: can you fairly evaluate volume one of something when volume two is meant to finish the job? What if you’ve skipped volume one, only to find that volume […]

>Merriman is gay?

>Oops, wrong fantasy*. But in honor of the upcoming extravaganza with Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire, Kitty and Claire have put online some of the Horn Book Magazine’s finest fantasy articles, including Susan Cooper on Tolkien and Tom’s Midnight Garden, Gregory Maguire on Philip Pullman, Philip Pullman on The Republic of Heaven, and several more […]

>I’m guessing Greenwitch will be a whole ‘nother ball of wax.

>The upcoming opening of The Seeker, formerly known as The Dark is Rising, has a lot of people on edge, not least Susan Cooper. I’m reminded of another time this title got in trouble, branded as racist in 1976 by the Council on Interracial Books for Children in their Human and Anti-Human Values in Children’s […]

>"The Writing of Fantasy": Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire

>Last Friday Daryl Mark (of the Cambridge P.L.) and I went over to MIT to look over the new location that anticipatory enthusiasm for the evening seemed to demand. So, we’re still on for the program with Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire, we’re still talking about the writing and reading of fantasy, and it’s still […]

>Waiting for Harry

>The reporters are calling again, looking for a new Harry Potter story. I wish I could be more helpful, but there really is no news. When they ask what the “next Harry Potter” will be, I point out that there was no last Harry Potter, depriving us off the crucial second dot from which we […]

>More on Lloyd Alexander

>We’ve posted further information about Lloyd Alexander here. And below, fervent Alexander fan and my best friend Elizabeth Law offers some of her own thoughts: Lloyd Alexander is one of my favorite writers of all time, as well as one of my most influential. As a child and young adult, I read the Chronicles of […]

>Androne here

>And I’m a modest and shy ocelot who loves long walks in the rain. Have you picked your daemon yet?

>Distant early warning

>For those of you who enjoyed the profile of Gregory Maguire in the NYT yesterday, please put November 14 on your calendar, when I’ll be conducting a public interview with Gregory AND Susan Cooper, about writing, fantasy, and the state of the world, in Cambridge, MA, location to be determined. Susan will also be giving […]