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2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and judges. L-R: Dashka Slater, Zeke Peña, Julie Fogliano, Jillian Tamaki, Celia C. Pérez, Christian Robinson, Isabel Quintero, Liz Phipps Soeiro, Roger Sutton, Katie Bircher, Varian Johnson, Martha Mihalick, Kristen Mohn, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Minh Lê. Photo: Aram Boghosian for the Boston GlobeBelow...
      

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you got some good reading done over the holidays. Me, I shuttled among Tim Mohr's Burning Down the Haus (a history of punk rock in East Germany), Ruth Ware's The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, those latter choices, each about...
      

Editorial: Technicolor Dreams

The January/February Magazine is a good metaphor for the new year, with its ruminations on What Came Before and an eye toward the future. In October we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, where Elizabeth Acevedo performed a powerful original poem; Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña shared their origin story...
      

2018 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. Before we ring in 2019, though, let’s take a look back at 2018 — we had a very busy year!2018 ALA Awards coverageMay/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Making a Difference2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book...
      

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner Interviews

On October 6th, the morning following the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony, Roger Sutton sat down to chat with several of the winners and judges. Watch their conversations below; click on the tag BGHB18 for much more (speeches! photos! timeline! reviews!) on the winning books and the ceremony itself.Picture...
      

The First Rule of Punk: Celia C. Pérez's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

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I didn’t always know I wanted to write for children. I always knew I loved books, and I knew writing was something I enjoyed, but the idea of writing as work, for an audience, and especially the idea of writing books — which were these things I only ever had...
      

The Parker Inheritance: Varian Johnson's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

I am so very honored to be here tonight. Thank you to the Boston Globe, the Horn Book, and Simmons University for sponsoring this event. And thank you to the judges — there were so many great works to choose from, and I am humbled that The Parker Inheritance was...
      

The Poet X: Elizabeth Acevedo's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech

I am so honored to be receiving the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. I want to give thanks to my agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, who believed in my voice long before I had much to show for it. And who trusted her gut enough to tell me when certain projects I sent...
      

The 57 Bus: Dashka Slater's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

My heartfelt thanks to the Boston Globe, Simmons University, the Horn Book, and especially to the awards committee.I want to talk to you about two buses, two cities, two books, and a poem.The poem was the first I ever published and it appeared in the Cambridge (MA) Chronicle when I...

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