>Mitali Perkins Facebooked and Twittered a question to her friends: “should an author describe the race of a character or leave it to the reader’s imagination?” Good question, and she got some good answers. (Thanks, Gail, for the tip.) It’s a question we also face in reviewing–when do we mention the ethnicity or skin color […]
>Elissa is back from Middle-Earth–and tea with Margaret Mahy, who apparently lives in a cliff. For today’s pop quiz, translate and i.d. the following: “Ki raro au!” hei tā ikā.E kore pai ki āu!Ki raro!” hei tā ikā“E KORE au hia takā!”
>Maybe Sherry Jones, whose The Jewel of Medina was cancelled by Ballantine for fear of Muslim terrorist rage, was just working with the wrong division of Random House. The copyright page of each fall 08 Random House ARC I’ve received states “Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read.”
>Two books reviewed in the forthcoming issue of the Horn Book Guide: From Bearport, Meish Goldish’s Deadly Praying Mantis From Lerner, Sandra Markle’s Praying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes Nothing* p.o.’d the late Zena Sutherland more than a nonfiction children’s book ascribing virtue or venality to animals. *Except maybe simultaneous translation in dialogue, as in “‘Hola, […]
>I’m intrigued by Arthur Laurents’s plans to bring West Side Story to Broadway next winter in a “bilingual revival,” having the Puerto Rican characters speaking Spanish and otherwise making the show “more realistic.” (Here’s hoping he doesn’t try to set it in the present, though, because that gorgeous, swanky 1950s brass would sound as corny […]
>Missed Connections: leaving Stony Brook station around 6:00 PM yesterday. Me, tall middle-aged man in a bowtie listening to iPod. You, medium-height young woman reading the Horn Book. Any authors out there ever similarly catch a reader unawares?
>We’re on Facebook now. Really, I have no idea what this means. But come play with us!
>Woman to man this evening, overheard as I’m jogging by: “Your English skills are deplorable.”
>and good for you, too: Claire’s latest booklist.
>Saturday night we went to see a semi-pro production of Puccini’s Turandot in the dining hall of Lowell House, a Harvard College dorm that has been putting on operas since the 1920s. Turandot is pretty grand as these things go and the production didn’t miniaturize anything–full orchestra, colorful (very “Oriental”) sets and costumes, big voices […]