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>Does anyone still wear a hat?


I’m sure Miles won’t be so easy to amuse as time goes by but I’ll try to enjoy this while I can. We spent the weekend in Chicago for a surprise birthday party for Ethan, who apparently spotted us before he was supposed to (“How weird. I could swear I just saw Dad and Roger walk by”) and got to spend an afternoon with this newest Asch boy. Also got to have lunch with Hymie and Hazel Rochman, who showed us the apartment in their building where Barack and Michelle lived before they got so famous and all, and perusing the shelves of the most excellent Unabridged Bookstore I met librarian and YA writer James Klise, who was demonstrating excellent taste by way of the Sarah Waters books he was holding. I was supposed to be reading Dan Chaon’s Await Your Reply (well, I was really supposed to be reading the books I’m assigned to review for the November issue and I’m paying for that now) but Frank, our host for the weekend, had a copy of Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth hanging around and I became hooked and was foraging for a copy of my own. Why do I even bring books on vacation? I always find something waiting.

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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. >My husband wears a hat! He has blogged (somewhat defensively) about it, here:

    Nancy W.

  2. Alex Flinn says:

    >I'll drink to that.

    And yes, my suitcase on my last vacation ended up being 26 POUNDS overweight on the way back, from all the books I bought/acquired on the trip!

  3. Efflorescence says:

    >Hats really don't suit me haha but I'm sure on certain people they'll always be fashionable! And yes I also came home from my holiday with rather more books than I started with!

  4. Peni R. Griffin says:

    >I always wear a hat outside. After all, this is Texas, and it's either glaring and hot or raining. I get compliments on them, too, even the crappy ones. People are so unused to them that they react to them as bold fashion statements.

    I recommend mailing the books you buy on vacation back to yourself. Less muscle strain.

  5. >A lot of young men around here wear hats in styles from the 50s and early 60s, either purchased at vintage clothing shops, or new ones designed in those "retro"styles. They call themselves Hipsters, and are into cocktail parties. I think Mad Men has something to do with this. But these hats are better looking than baseball caps.

  6. >Oh! Love Unabridged Books! (And the Sondheim reference.)

  7. Elaine Marie Alphin says:

    >Everybody rise!

    I always bring books when I travel just in case – but I can't help stumbling over new ones, even if my travels aren't to ALA… Good idea to mail them, Peni – but I don't trust the postal service to deliver safely in good condition (I had a box of research books destroyed when I mailed them to myself once). So I drive instead of fly, and can merrily fill the trunk with books as I roll along!

  8. >I LOVED Pillars of the Earth. A mini-series was made based on the book, but I have not seen it. Don't bother with the sequel, though!

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