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Archives for October 2009

>Horn Book reviews of NBA finalists

>Kitty has posted ’em. One is still forthcoming and another will not be reviewed as its publisher decided rather late in the game that it was in fact a book for young people.

>Good luck with that

>I’m not sure just how sustainable e-lending e-books is going to be for public libraries. Three points made in yesterday’s Times article about the practice moved my eyebrows higher and higher until they were indistinguishable from my hair: “’People still think of libraries as old dusty books on shelves, and it’s a perception we’re always […]

>October Notes

>The latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book has just been published, with an interview with Kristin Cashore, reviews of new fantasy sequels, new chapter books, new picture-book biographies of artists, and new books about autumn. New! New! New!

>NBA Nominees, Young people’s division

>from Publishers Lunch: Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins) I’m a little surprised by the Small in this category as […]

>If you liked The Lost Symbol . . .

>It occurs to me that now that Robert Langdon has raced around Rome, Paris, and D.C. he ought to go to New York; precisely to Madeleine L’Engle’s current residence, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His readers would love her; hers, I’m not so sure about.

>Rough Cut

>Here’s a clip from my interview last Friday. I’m afraid to listen to it, so you be the judge.

>They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies

>Some documentarians are coming by today to interview me for a forthcoming film about children’s books. It did make me clean my office, so that’s good.

BGHB Awards, pictures and video

The indefatigable Lolly Robinson and Katrina Hedeen have posted photos and video from the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards held last Friday evening. Check it all out. (In this pic l. to r. are Harper editor Anne Hoppe, judge Jonathan Hunt, winner Candace Fleming, judge Ruth Nadelman Lynn, and me.)

>Think before you write.

>”The red liquid was wine, but it shimmered like blood.”–from The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I’m sure Stephenie Meyer could be trusted to rearrange this simile into its proper order. And can we talk about that title for a minute? In my opinion, “The Lost Symbol” is right up there with “When You Reach […]

Neil Gaiman Accepts BGHB Honor Award for The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman accepts (via video) a 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Fiction for The Graveyard Book.