Shoshana Flax

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#SpreadLight

Recently, and particularly this Hanukkah, we’ve seen a rash of incidents indicating the unfortunate prevalence of antisemitism. As this Association of Jewish Libraries statement says, “We will not allow our communities to accept antisemitic terrorism or any other form of hate crime as ‘the new normal.’ We will spread knowledge...

Harry for the holidays

Shoshana Flax: Old Potter fans never die, they just sit down at the Yule Ball.  Cindy and I spent the evening of Sunday, December 15th at the Middle East nightclub in Cambridge for the Boston edition of Harry and the Potters’ Yule Ball. (The Black Cat in Washington, DC, and...

Holiday Outing 2019

When you have a good cruise director, you get good ocean views. At least, we did on our holiday outing Monday in Boston’s Seaport District, planned by Cruise Director Cindy Ritter. We had a delicious lunch at Legal Sea Foods Harborside. And then it was off to the movies, in...

Review of The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come by Sue Macy; illus. by Stacy Innerst Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 10/19    978-1-4814-7220-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7221-0    $10.99 “Kum aher. Sit down. I want to tell you a story.” With a storyteller’s cadence, Macy (Miss...

Five Questions for Susan Cooper

"The Shortest Day, " Susan Cooper's 1974 poem honoring the winter solstice, is performed annually at The Christmas Revels. Now, Carson Ellis's gouache illustrations grace a picture-book version, The Shortest Day (Candlewick, 5–8 years), which imagines people "down the centuries of the snow-white world" as they greet the season. See...

Review of Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense

Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense by Calef Brown; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Ottaviano/Holt    80 pp. 6/19    978-0-8050-9929-4    $19.99 Brown (Soup for Breakfast, rev. 3/09; Hypnotize a Tiger, rev. 3/15) presents poems categorized by subject (“People Are People”; “Foodstuffs”; “Sleepy Time”), and bracketed by poetry about...

Apply for a spring Horn Book internship + meet interns Natalie and KP!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase...

Five questions for Rainbow Rowell

Photo: Augusten Burroughs. Rainbow Rowell's graphic-novel debut Pumpkinheads (Roaring Brook/First Second, 14 years and up) takes place in a theme park–like pumpkin patch (petting zoo, pumpkin slingshot, haunted graveyard, s'mores pit), where over the course of their last day at work, college-bound employees and BFFs Deja and Josiah search for...

Rainbow Rowell at Congregation Kehillath Israel

Rainbow Rowell and Margaret Willison (and Baz and Simon!). Photo: Shoshana Flax.   Rainbow Rowell wrote Wayward Son in secret. A sequel to Carry On — a risky proposition itself, in that it’s set in the fictional universe for which the protagonist of her realistic novel Fangirl writes fanfiction (got...

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