Siân Has the Best Weekend Ever!


As many of you know, the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Transformations” was this past Saturday. It was interesting, engaging, educational, and fun (it was also exhausting for those of us working it, and even more so for the amazing Katrina Hedeen, who planned the whole durn thing). But what you don’t know is the […]

Transformers: But Myth Has No Prototype


Like many fantasy writers born and raised in Britain, I am haunted by Celtic and Arthurian myth; it goes with the territory. Even before I could read, I’d been shown the footprint of King Arthur’s horse up on the mountain above my grandmother’s village in Wales, and the mist that was the breath of the […]

So much for your Newbery Medal, etc.


from Publishers Weekly: “Susan Cooper returns with Ghost Hawk in August; ‘it’s the best thing she’s written since The Dark Is Rising,’ said S&S BFYR publisher Justin Chanda.”

>The Favored Five

>As promised, here are Susan Cooper’s and Gregory Maguire’s five favorite fantasies as promulgated for our evening at MIT: Susan’s: Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett (told you she was deep)The Mouse and His Child by Russell HobanA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuinTom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa PearceThe Sword in the Stone by […]

>Live and on stage

>Susan Cooper, Gregory Maguire and me, at MIT last month.

>Susan Cooper speaks

>WGBH has posted audio and video versions of Susan Cooper’s Cambridge Forum lecture on fantasy.


>Gregory Maguire and Susan Cooper, photo by Richard Asch While the rest of you were chowing down on thousand-dollar-a-plate surf-n-turf at the National Book Awards (unless you were too busy fondling–oh ICK I can’t even say it) I was scarfing cookies graciously provided by Candlewick Press and Simon & Schuster as refreshment for our evening […]

>Merriman is gay?

>Oops, wrong fantasy*. But in honor of the upcoming extravaganza with Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire, Kitty and Claire have put online some of the Horn Book Magazine’s finest fantasy articles, including Susan Cooper on Tolkien and Tom’s Midnight Garden, Gregory Maguire on Philip Pullman, Philip Pullman on The Republic of Heaven, and several more […]

>As Claire originally began her review, WTF?

>So keep that in mind when you read her review of The Seeker.

>I’m guessing Greenwitch will be a whole ‘nother ball of wax.

>The upcoming opening of The Seeker, formerly known as The Dark is Rising, has a lot of people on edge, not least Susan Cooper. I’m reminded of another time this title got in trouble, branded as racist in 1976 by the Council on Interracial Books for Children in their Human and Anti-Human Values in Children’s […]