>Who’s in your backyard?

>Horn Book Guide editorial assistant Rachel Smith reviews the new Spiderwick movie.

>The Favored Five

>As promised, here are Susan Cooper’s and Gregory Maguire’s five favorite fantasies as promulgated for our evening at MIT: Susan’s: Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett (told you she was deep)The Mouse and His Child by Russell HobanA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuinTom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa PearceThe Sword in the Stone by […]

>Live and on stage

>Susan Cooper, Gregory Maguire and me, at MIT last month.

>Wasn’t that the short one that Robin McKinley loathed?

>How the heck do you wring two movies out of The Hobbit?

>Someone must have read the book in the meantime

>the ARC: the finished book: Deirdre Baker has some pertinent thoughts (from “Musings on Diverse Worlds,” Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2007): In some cases, where the politics of inclusivity is not in the foreground of the story, the racial attributes of nonwhite heroes are rendered virtually invisible. Both Ged of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea […]

>And I promise not to withdraw it.

>Claire’s review of The Golden Compass is here.

>Susan Cooper speaks

>WGBH has posted audio and video versions of Susan Cooper’s Cambridge Forum lecture on fantasy.

>Compass points

>Kitty’s put together a Philip Pullman page in anticipation of The Golden Compass opening this weekend; she’s included links to both Monica Edinger and Bill Donohue, who must be stamping his little feet over The Catholic News Service’s benevolent review. And we apologize for the kind of rough audio, but my podcast interview with Pullman […]

>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 […]