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Behind the book

Back on October 10th, I had the privilege of attending the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award ceremony. During the celebration, honorees and winners came to the podium to receive their awards and address the audience. Needless to say, I was star struck to be in the room with the likes of...
      

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book speeches

For your kind consideration: here are the complete 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tag BGHB14 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges' intros, and other information can be found in the January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine. And look to the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine for...
      

2014 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is full of great books (and good book discussion!).Before we ring in 2015, though, let's take a look back at 2014 — we had a very busy year! Comment and let us know the bookish highlights of your year.ALA 2014BGHB 2014 Blogs Read...
      

Horn Book Magazine - January/February 2015

Table of ContentsFeaturesHorn Book FanfareOur choices for the best books of 2014.Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Gallery 2014Celebrating the year's winners and honor books.ColumnsEditorial"Why #WNDB" by Roger Sutton"We Need Diverse Books" is more than just a hashtag.A Second Look"The Planet of Junior Brown" by Barbara BaderDoes a groundbreaking book from the...
      

Boxers & Saints: Author Gene Luen Yang's 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

Thank you to the Horn Book and the Boston Globe. This is an incredible, incredible honor.Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought in China in the year 1900. On one side of the conflict were the Europeans, the Japanese, and...
      

The Port Chicago 50: Author Steve Sheinkin's 2014 BGHB NF Award Speech

A few years ago I was researching a book on the making of the atomic bomb, and my brother-in-law Eric, who loves wacky conspiracy theories, as I do, hit me with a great one.“You know when the first atomic bomb was tested, right?” he asked.“Sure,” I said, falling into his...
      

Rose Under Fire: Author Elizabeth Wein's 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

Greetings to Roger Sutton, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges, and everyone at the awards ceremony, from Elizabeth Wein in Warsaw, Poland. Between you and me today stretches a distance of over four thousand miles, and I do “mind the gap.”I am both grateful and utterly stunned that Rose Under...
      

Rules of Summer: Author Shaun Tan's 2014 BGHB PB Honor Speech

Thank you very much for this fantastic honor, and for an award that so generously includes far-flung Australians such as myself, currently ten thousand miles away and probably asleep, or else unsuccessfully trying to settle a teething infant. It never fails to amaze me how books can travel, find an...
      

Grasshopper Jungle: Author Andrew Smith's BGHB 2014 Fiction Award Speech

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I feel very connected being here tonight.I suppose my books — Grasshopper Jungle in particular — are all about connections.I have a cousin who lived with my family of four boys when I was very young. Her name is Renata, she has gentle Italian hands, and she lives near Phoenix...
      

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: Author Peter Brown's 2014 BGHB PB Award Speech

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First, I have to thank my editor, Alvina Ling, who has become a great friend of mine. She lives two blocks away from me, so that’s pretty sweet. We get to go for the occasional cocktail on the company. It’s a totally legitimate business expense.Alvina gives me lots of room...

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