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>Where are the SERIOUS books?

>When Twitter alerted me to this–well, naive might be understating things–report on last month’s Book Expo, all I could think of was Fran Leibowitz’s observation (I paraphrase) that “the girl in high school who insists that the drama club put on The Bald Soprano will be a thorn in the side of everyone she meets forever.”

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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. >I'm…really confused. Minnesota Public Radio has just finished (dear god, I hope) beating the dead horse with its third program about YA books being too serious, and this writer is bemoaning the lack of "serious literature?"

    Golly, now I can't decide whether to reread "Hoot" or "Forge."

  2. Chris Barton says:

    >Like the recent WSJ tirade, this latest piece reminds us that when you don't understand something, the last thing you should do is — God forbid — ask someone knowledgeable to explain it to you.

  3. >I'm really confused about the definition of "mommy." I thought it was a person, whether employed in the so-called workplace or not, who is raising children as part of a family relationship and not a housewife who reads romance, horror/vampire, and paranormal novels. Also, if just a few hundred Twitter followers give someone the power to establish trends, I'm going to have to start taking Twitter a lot more seriously.

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >As Werner Erhard pointed out and Daniel Rumsfield later reiterated, it's the stuff you don't know you don't know that gets you in trouble.

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >I KNOW Gail! With my Twitter army of 3000 you'd think the publishing industry would be kowtowing to my every whim. WHY ISN'T THAT HAPPENING?

  6. >Roger–Perhaps the person who wrote that article could answer your question. Or would at least take a shot at it.

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >Oops, Donald Rumsfeld. Where is the hard-hitting journalist to take on the shame that is Blogger's reluctance to allow one to edit one's comments?

  8. Liz Rosenberg says:

    >Love the Leibowitz!

  9. Anonymous says:

    >Fran Lebowitz! You know about this movie, yes?


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