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Archives for October 2006

>One at a Time Seems Best

>and Steven . . .

>Pics third try

>This may be impossible, but let’s try again. I hope it isn’t too painful for Miss Mac. Here’s Lois:

>Oh what a night

>Please forgive the title; Miss Pod has been compiling a collection of songs to provide the soundtrack for my forthcoming birthday trek to Disneyland along with my two best friends of thirty years standing. That’s right: friends since birth. But the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were the occasion of a great Friday night, and we’re […]

>Time Traveling

>Take a look at this story about the uses to which the antiabortion movement is putting Susan B. Anthony. It’s nice and complicated, just the way I like my politics, and it also is instructive re children’s historical fiction, in which the past is used to serve the needs of the present. Tonight occasions our […]

>Wow Those Judges!

>The Booker Prize was awarded last night (as were the unfathomable Quill Awards), and the National Book Award finalists were just announced.

>When Bad Things Happen to Bad Writers

>Commenting on the great reviews garnered by Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s Cancer Victim, Bookslut’s Jessa Crispin makes my day: Just because you lived through something doesn’t mean you should write a book about it. I’m getting more and more weary with this “tell your story” bullshit. Yes, tell your story… to your grandkids or your nephew […]

>Cheering the Home Team

>Boston Globe book editor David Mehegan takes a good look at the forthcoming publication of The Children of Hurin, a Tolkien manuscript sewn together and completed by his son. We claim David as One of Ours because his mother used to be the Horn Book‘s circulation manager. And former editor in chief Anita Silvey (after […]

>Make it New?

>On Project Runway this week, judge Michael Kors was asked about what he looks for when evaluating the contestants’ designs. He said that each week he tried to judge just what was in front of him, not the designer behind it and not his or her previous work. I call bullshit. All the judges whine […]

>A Glimpse from the Future

>The Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick and published by Scholastic, won’t be out until next March, so I’m going to resist any commentary here except to say that it is tres magnifique. And set in Paris. I just want to share a short quote from a scene in which our […]

>Can You Draw the Matchbook Man?

>The juicy discussion (not yet a flamefest but wait) over on Fuse #8 about SCBWI reminds me of this bit of mischief with the Institute of Children’s Literature.