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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party: Author M. T. Anderson’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing

I would like to speak of reading and of the town where I grew up; I would like to speak of Stow, Massachusetts, some forty miles from here, as it was in the glorious year 1976. In that bicentennial year, our town was still rural, and in the center stood the white-steepled church and the […]

The Sand in the Oyster: Looking for YA Lit

The Kerlan. A name invoked in hushed tones by devotees of children’s literature. A sort of heaven where manuscripts of the books we love go to be preserved forever. A collection of 100,000 books, as well as 16,000 files of holographs, typescripts, page proofs, artwork, editorial letters, and other assorted contents of authors’ office closets. […]

Leaf Man: Lois Ehlert’s 2006 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

By Lois Ehlert I was hoping to fly out here with Leaf Man. But yesterday a strong wind blew Leaf Man away. He left no travel plans. Maybe he’s here. Could be in the park. Or floating on the river. If you see Leaf Man, please pick him up and take him home with you. […]