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Hbook Podcast 1.37 – Publishing and the Patriarchy

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Podcast the 37th in which Roger and Siân talk about the recent election and women in publishing. Links Roger’s morning after Lee and Low Diversity baseline survey Publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds Are Book Publishers To Blame For Gender Discrimination? Why Men Don’t Read: How Publishing is Alienating Half the […]

Hbook Podcast 1.35 – Special Guest Laura Koenig

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Podcast the 35th in which Siân travels to BPL Copley to chat with children’s librarian (and generally awesome human being) Laura Koenig. Laura Koenig BPL interview Simmons interview   Boston Public Library BPL Children’s BPL Teens BPL Calendar BPL Twitter and Instagram Virtual Tour Boston Public Library to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death with […]

Hbook Podcast 1.31 – Library Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, and VOYA

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Podcast the 31st in which Siân and Roger talk about, well, the title: library censorship, intellectual freedom, and VOYA. Also Christian romances. Books we talk about Kody Keplinger, Run Selene Castrovilla, Melt Stephanie Kuehn, The Smaller Evil Simon Mason, Running Girl Ruth Alexander, Changing Bodies, Changing Lives Kate Breslin, For Such a Time Nathan Aldyne, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.29 – Special Guest Anastasia Collins

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Podcast the 29th in which Roger and Siân chat with social work librarian and Horn Book reviewer Anastasia Collins about cultural (mis?)appropriation and bagels. Books we talk about Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier People we talk about Lionel Shriver Toni Morrison Links Simmons Lionel Shriver’s speech New York Times article Inappropriate Appropriation […]

Hbook Podcast 1.22 – “Stupid”

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Podcast the 22nd in which Siân and Roger talk about Jason Bourne, Bruce Willis, and “stupid.” Stupid: lacking intelligence or common sense Books we talk about Harry G. Allard and James Marshall, Stupids series Dorothy Kunhardt, Pat the Bunny Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are Audrey Wood and Don Wood, The Little Mouse, The […]

Candygram

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On the bus this morning, I sat next to a mom and her strollered two-and-a-half-year-old son. He was being freaking adorable, his big Margaret Keane eyes peering wisely into my own. We’re chatting and the mom asks the boy if he wants to sing “Wheels on the Bus.” That was a challenge I could not […]

Hbook Podcast 1.21 – There Is a Tribe of Kids

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Podcast the 21st in which Roger and Siân talk about Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids, Siân actually considers the idea of a library not carrying the Harry Potter books, and Roger expresses a strong opinion about vampirism. Books we talk about Lane Smith, There Is a Tribe of Kids and It’s a Book Antoinette Portis, […]

But where will I put it?

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“Should this book go in nonfiction or folklore?” ACK, the book review placement problems.The Decider (Martha) is away this week so Shoshana, Elissa, and I are left to our own devices when it comes to deciding what goes in which category of the September/October Magazine review section. A historical illustrated book retelling a real incident but with invented situations and […]

A trip to the library will make a new boy of me

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Last week I went over to the school across the street from my house to help school parent (and librarian and Horn Book Magazine reviewer) Pam Yosca as she worked to reopen its long-closed library. (More truthfully, “help.”) There is so much to do: the library has been closed for six years, and no new […]

Hbook Podcast 1.17 – Special Guest Librarian Julie Roach

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Hbook podcast the seventeenth with guest librarian (and killer storyteller) Julie Roach. **There are a few spots where the sound drops out a bit (we’re sorry) but the stories Roger and Julie tell are so awesome, they’re worth a little bit of ear straining. Promise.** Julie Roach on what makes a good storytime Books we talk […]