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>The new Magazine is out but I haven’t seen a copy yet–here’s hoping the color looks as good as we wanted! Fanfare, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award speeches, and other selected content can all be linked to from the table of contents posted on the website.

I hope everybody had good holidays. Mine were a blur of movies (I see on child_lit that everyone is offended by Avatar but the one I’m fuming at is It’s Complicated), colds, candy and presents, including a highly entertaining dvd set of Wagner’s Ring cycle, which has Brunnhilde wandering existentially through the whole thing and a naked guy swimming in an aquarium as the Rheingold itself.

But now it’s back to work. I’ll be sunning myself in tropical Minnesota next weekend, speaking to the children’s lit students at Hamline University (which for some reason is employing similar imagery to my Rheingold dvd) and then you all are coming to Boston for ALA. On that Saturday, I’ll again be at the Horn Book booth asking “Five Questions for . . .” of M.T. Anderson, Kristin Cashore, Lois Lowry, and Mitali Perkins. I’ll post the schedule this week.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >I've been following the Avatar discussions, but what's your problem with It's Complicated, Roger? Just wondering…I haven't seen it and haven't really heard anything about it yet.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >I had trouble empathizing with a character (Streep) who had so much money in such an unacknowledged way. And she needs a bigger kitchen WHY?

  3. >I'm with you, Roger. Also, her final decision felt completely like "Well, she has to choose ONE of these men" — it wasn't motivated by anything we'd seen in anyone's characters.

  4. Anonymous says:

    >Do you remember talking about the American Dolls catalog as porn? I haven't seen It's Complicated, but I gather that it is porn as well– ie problems we middle age women WISH we had. So do you object to middle age white woman porn in general, or do you mean that this middle age white woman porn wasn't done well?

  5. Christine says:

    >No love for Alec Baldwin? Or the weed scenes? I thought Steve Martin doing the fishing reel move was pretty cute.

  6. LaurieA-B says:

    >I was OK about not going to Midwinter, but now… well, could you at least ask Lois Lowry how it feels to have your best book (The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline, or possibly Anastasia Krupnik) overshadowed by your Very Serious Work of Literature? I mean, who really wants to be remembered for The Giver? Thanks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    >THE GIVER is a splendid illustration of what's wrong with the NC awards. Everybody adored ANASTASIA – and also adored Lowry – what a sigh of relief throughout the ALA community when she finally wrote something which they could RESPECT!

  8. Mitali Perkins says:

    >Looking forward to your five questions, Roger. The NYT ran a profile on IC's director Nancy Meyers, in which she discussed the posh settings she loves to use:

    "Meyers herself is unapologetic about creating sets that look as if they might be photographed in a shelter magazine, most notably the mouthwatering Hamptons house in “Something’s Gotta Give,” which did actually make an appearance in Architectural Digest. “The fact that there is nice fabric on the chairs is fun,” she says. “It’s appealing. It softens the message.” When I ask her whether she has ever been criticized for spending so much time, effort and money on interiors, she recalls someone once describing her aesthetic as “the cashmere world of Nancy Meyers.” Then, sounding like an auteur of the domestic sphere, she says: “I can’t explain why I choose to do that. As long as we’re building the interior of Jane’s house from scratch, which we did, it’s decorated that way because it’s her style. I like that stuff.”

  9. >I'm bummed that I won't see you at Hamline — I always skip the winter residency because my work has too much overtime going on this time of year to let me go. Also, I am a wimp. But the folks at Hamline are great. You'll love 'em.

    Get Thinsulate mittens and hats before you go because they work best against -25 weather.

  10. Roger Sutton says:

    >I enjoyed all the performances in It's Complicated, it was just the assumptions that had me bothered.

    A lot of people love The Giver although I hate that its institutionalization will probably lessen the chance that readers could have to discover and "own" it on their own. That's the downside of books in the classroom. I also think it's hard to make much of the ambiguity of the first book's ending when the sequels go on to close off the possibilities.

  11. lyndalepress says:

    >Roger, are you only speaking to a closed class at Hamline? I don't see your name on the Residency Public Schedule.

  12. LaurieA-B says:

    >"A lot of people love The Giver although I hate that its institutionalization will probably lessen the chance that readers could have to discover and "own" it on their own. That's the downside of books in the classroom."
    I may borrow this to describe a book as "institutionalized" in the future. And, yes.

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