>Marvin Redpost v. Stanley Yelnats

>This Guardian article about authors famous for the wrong book has me turning children’s authors and titles over in my head. I do think Paula Fox’s best book is One-Eyed Cat, not The Slave Dancer or Desperate Characters. I like Lois Lowry’s Autumn Street more than The Giver, and Hilary McKay’s The Exiles has it […]

BALIS workshop, SFPL

  Of COURSE I stood up for The Book (in this case, Patrick McDonnell’s Me, Jane), but, really we all did–moderator Nina Lindsay and my co-panelists Kristin McLean and Jason Griffey–in the March 4 panel on e-books sponsored by the Bay Area Library and Information System. We were speaking in the wake of HarperCollins’s announcement […]

>With the movie starring the next Shia LaBeouf?

>This whole iPhone leak story sounds like a YA novel. The boy (probably pudgy) lives with his mysteriously unreachable single dad, who runs a bar (this will allow for lots of wisdom from the grizzled regulars). Our computer nerd antihero is completely uncool–until the day he finds a too-cool-to-be-true device made by the most powerful […]

>Too damned long

>I see that PW has followed up on Betsy Bird’s thoughts on the Amazon Vine program; their speculation that membership in Vine might be a perk for good customers is intriguing if not substantiated. What seems oddest to me is that this program–for which publishers and other producers pay for the privilege of having their […]

>When writers attack!

>I wonder what you call the Twitter equivalent to drunk dialing? And if you’re going to whine about how you used to be reviewed (and how that must hurt) by Anne Tyler, it might be politic to spell her name right. [Update 11:45 AM. It looks like Alice Hoffman wisely thought to retreat from the […]

>I guess it wasn’t all candlelight and butter churns

>Or maybe it was, and that was the trouble.

>Whither YA?

>Josie has a post up about adults buying young adult books for their own pleasure, citing The Book Thief, Hunger Games and the Stephenie Meyer books as particular favorites among customers at The Flying Pig. I was musing about this topic the other day with the YA class over at Simmons, as we asked the […]

>Aargh?

>Do we think that the Somalian pirate drama is going to dampen the enthusiasm for “fun” pirates in children’s books? Or for–oh Lord, please–National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Elizabeth thinks not. We just talked and she opined that the pirate thing had already run its course anyway. But there was a sturdy tradition of […]

>No chance against Dick

>My weeding and re-shelving project has uncovered another gem, Fredric Wertham’s 1954 Seduction of the Innocent, a jeremiad about the corrupting influence of comic books: “Sometimes Batman ends up in bed injured and young Robin is shown sitting next to him. At home they lead an idyllic life. They are Bruce Wayne and “Dick” Grayson. […]

>What Happened to . . .?

>We have been very busy this morning pulling together our webpage of the ALA Awards, which should be available for your viewing pleasure in fairly short order. Scrutinizing what won always reveals a shadow–what didn’t? Of course we all have favorites that don’t go the distance (like Melissa Leo last night at the SAG Awards–sob!), […]