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Archives for March 2008

>My favorite new reviewing word,

>from Publishers Weekly‘s 3/3/08 review of Penny Vincenzi’s (love her) An Absolute Scandal: “chickensian.”

>Bye, Bear

>Betsy Bird says goodbye to the bear who has been her daily companion for lo these many years. I was glad to be able to pay my respects myself last week. Betsy was out sick when Richard and I were there, but we did get to have a nice chat with John Peters, taking a […]

>Hard books and awards

>Australian Sonya Harnett has won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an honor that speaks to the discussion we’re having about Nina Lindsay’s comments about “shelf-sitters.” Completely deserving of the many awards her writing has won, Hartnett is, however, no crowd-pleaser. While as a culture we are used to the fact that adult fiction with a […]

>I really don’t have a horse in this one.

>Interesting piece from The Guardian about the pending court case involving J. K. Rowling and the would-be publisher of a Harry Potter encyclopedia. What’s intriguing to me is that both sides seem to have given statements that support the opposition!

>Go flame her

>But, Lord, I now adore this woman even more.

>More on the Love That Won’t Shut Up

>I’m very interested in a comment Nina Lindsay made on the “oh, grow up” thread. Nina said, in part:To take this in another direction…I’m someone who reads both adult and children’s literature recreationally, but I do find often that my recreational response to children’s literature gets in the way of my professional response. On a […]

>Off till next week

>Thank you all for the great discussion about adults and children reading. Richard and I are going to New York today to see Elizabeth and other assorted friends and two shows: the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which was the first show I ever saw on Broadway, and Come Back, Little Sheba […]

>It’s Not Easy . . .

>. . . to make fun of a satirist but by gum these geniuses have done it.

>Notes from the Horn Book . . .

>debuted today. You can sign up for your free subscription here. It’s designed as an outreach (as we used to say in the ’70s) effort to parents, teachers, and others, so pass the details along to anyone who might not wander these particular climes. And Claire has prepared a new recommended reading list of survival […]

>Yet another G-word

>I received an email yesterday from a librarian who hated our reviews because she thought they had too much plot summary, but she was really pissed that we “almost always give away the ending.” Her first point is debatable–how much is too much?–but her second is demonstrably false while containing a truth: sometimes, we do […]