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Hbook Podcast 1.30 – Special Guest Lana Popović

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Podcast the 30th in which Siân talks with author and literary agent Lana Popović. Books and movies we talk about Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus Chocolat People we talk about Taylor Haggerty Rebecca Podos Melissa Miller Claudia Gabel Links The Swanky Seventeens Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Hbook Podcast 1.24 – Special Guest Editor Karen Boss

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Podcast the 24th in which Siân chats with Charlesbridge Publishing editor Karen Boss about acquisitions, books, and (not a little bit of) travel. Books we talk about Kate Messner’s The Seventh Wish Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s BFG Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls Roger Priddy’s First 100 Words Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s Goodnight Moon Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown […]

“Where was the editor?”

This week’s Horn Book podcast is devoted to–well, if you can ever say the podcast is devoted to one thing in particular beyond Siân and me yammering for half an hour–Lane Smith’s new book There Is a Tribe of Kids. At one point I opine that the publisher knew or should have known, anyway, about the […]

Hbook Podcast 1.20 – Self Publishing and the Selfie Sweepstakes

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Podcast the twentieth in which Siân and Roger chat about self-published books and reviewing (and conversation may or may not briefly derail into talk about Independence Day and the Bourne movies). Books we talk about Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep Stephenie Meyer, Twilight (y’all heard me ask, […]

A bumpy ride

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I had been content to let Calling Caldecott’s enlightening discussion about A Fine Dessert speak for itself, and the subsequent publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington a year later was more than anything a spectacular example of bad timing–by the time A Fine Dessert was gathering outrage, A Birthday Cake was well on its […]

That clinking clanking sound

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With the (incoming, anyway) scandal at this weekend’s ALA conference being a question about the not-always-bright line between editorial independence and advertisers’ interests, I thought I would remind you of the Horn Book’s position on the relationship between those two things. Otherwise, I hope I see some of you this weekend: the Horn Book can […]

Lynne Reid Banks: right for the wrong reasons

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I think we’ve all written letters like this one. Responding to the announcement that David Almond’s A Song for Ella Grey had won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, author Lynne Reid Banks wrote to that publication: “Buoyed up by David Almond’s beautiful description (21 November) of his inspiration for writing A Song for Ella Grey, which  has […]

and clunk clunk clunk went the folktale market

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Betsy Bird at Fuse #8 is rightfully mourning the relative dearth of African folktale publishing and simultaneously celebrating one of its legends from the glory days, Verna Aardema. All I can say is God bless Verna Aardema, who knew just how to write a picture-book text that would bring any library story hour to life. […]

Down, girl, down!

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Even in my day having been one of Betsy Bird‘s Hot Men of Children’s Literature (BB: are those archived anywhere?) I was more than a little skeeved out by Meaghan O’Connell’s “The Children’s-Book Guy: An Ideal Crush Object,” published yesterday in New York Magazine but reading like something written by Carrie Bradshaw in 1999: “If you think […]

Threesomes?

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“You just follow your heart when it comes to fingering scenes” was MY takeaway quote from the latest newspaper report on the steamy goings-on in YA fiction, which predictably, has people a-Twitter. But while the article is sensationalized, it isn’t incorrect. Young adult fiction is sexier than it used to be, even if the “threesomes” […]