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The beau mec who brings Elizabeth her croissant each morning.

In international news, French President François Hollande announced today that in gratitude for our loan of Elizabeth Law to La Ville-Lumière, he is sending some of his country’s most esteemed illustrateurs to New York City for a series of public pourparlers avec some of our own. Here’s the full lineup and schedule.

Sights! Lights! Nights!

Jason, Roger, Mary; photo by Mark Tuchman

Spent a day with our sister and brother in New York last week; while the Media Source office (in Soho) has mostly recovered from Sandy, staff in New Jersey and on Long Island had horror stories and hellish commutes. (OTOH, their office is surrounded by chicness and restaurants, whereas we have a Holiday Inn, Hess […]

We’re still here


but a little hard to reach. Boston was barely brushed by Sandy–we had wind and some rain but never lost power–but our email server sits in Soho in a currently shuttered building. Our LJ and SLJ colleagues are all working from home (or friends’ homes!) via the web, Twitter, Facebook and cell phone. Prayers and […]

Calling all wolves

illustration by Pat Marriott, from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

  Joan Aiken’s daughter Lizza is hosting an evening in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. You should go. The anniversary has also prompted a new audio edition of the novel (Listening Library) about which Martha says: “I’ve just started listening to it, narrated by Joan Aiken’s daughter […]

Live! From New York!


If you’re coming to BEA, please join 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Rebecca Stead and me on Thursday as we announce the winners of the 2012 BGHB Awards, live with champagne, in the Librarians’ Lounge (booth #2148), 1:00PM, at the Javits Convention Center. If you can’t be there, we (fingers crossed and prayers sent […]

>My New York Social Diary

>I’ve spent the week in New York, talking with the sisters and brothers at LJ and SLJ. Brian tried to pry the BGHB winners (which will be announced in just over a week) out of me, but like Colonel Klink, I really do know nothing(k). So while we did get a little planning done re […]

>And slept, on the bus, through the Superbowl

> Back from a weekend in New York–Lost in the Stars at Encores! (terribly worthy and high-minded), Billy Elliot (LOTS of fun) and a double-dip at MOMA with Andy Warhol’s movies and the Abstract Expressionists (my favorite pictured, Jackson Pollock’s Easter and the Totem). I wonder when we learn to be willingly (if grudgingly) edified. […]

>October Notes

>The latest issue of Notes is out, with five questions for Rosemary Wells about Max and Ruby (they should do a live-action remake with Bobby and Sally Draper, no?) and reviews of new picture books, nonfiction, chapter books and YA fantasy. Damn, what isn’t published in a series these days? Off to New York to […]

She’ll be swell, she’ll be great . . .

  . . . and she’s got SLJ on her plate! Today Chelsey Philpot becomes the former editorial assistant at the Horn Book Guide as she begins her reign as assistant editor for School Library Journal‘s book review section and managing editor for the Second Helpings newsletter. We sent Chelsey off to New York with […]


> (Photo by SLJ’s Rocco Staino) I had a great time. SLJ’s Day of Dialog on Tuesday was packed (both the schedule and attendance) and while I don’t think our panel on the difference between graphic novels and picture books actually came up with any answers, we had a good time exploring the question. I […]