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Fusenews: A Nibble of News

"Murder your darlings. The advice is frequently trotted out in writing circles. (It is just as often misattributed to Oscar Wilde or F. Scott Fitz or some other luminary. In actuality, the mantra comes from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and he probably stole it from his grandmother)."  Author N.D. Wilson (Leepike Ridge amongst others) discusses an […]

Review of the Day: Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud

Heroes of the Valley By Jonathan Stroud Hyperion (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $17.99 ISBN: 978-104231-0966-2 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Jonathan Stroud simply is not a fan of innocent protagonists as pure as the newly driven snow. He has little patience for innocents as main characters. No time for guys like […]

Poetry Friday Shout-Out

Just a great big shout out going to my mom.  Her poem “Pickled Heads: St. Petersburg” will be appearing in the book The Best American Poetry 2009.  Whoop!  Way to go, mom!

Fusenews: Sadness and Cheer

Sad news precedes our usual Fusenews selections today.  From The Greenwich Time: "Two town women, longtime librarians for the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, were killed en route to the Denver airport Wednesday morning when their cab was struck by a hit-and-run driver, police said. The library’s head of youth services, Kathy Krasniewicz, 54, of […]

Kidlit Drink Night: SCBWI Winter Conference Edition

Two in one week?  I must be insane.  In any case, join Cheryl Klein and myself, then, for our annual post-SCBWI Cocktail Party Party.  Here are the details: All writers, illustrators, agents, editors, teachers, librarians, and other makers, users, and fans of children’s literature are welcome at the annual SCBWI Kidlit Drink Night, after the […]

"Writing is one thing, publishing is another": An Interview with Barry Denenberg

I have an ulterior motive at work here.  On Saturday, February 7th Mr. Denenberg will be in my library talking to the general public (see the announcement below this post) and I would like to get some butts in them thar seats.  As such, Mr. Denenberg has kindly consented to a little interview here.  So […]

Children’s Literary Cafe – February

Two authors for the price of one?  Which is to say, free.  How you gonna beat that? The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42nd Street is pleased to announce our February event on Saturday, February 7th at 2:00 p.m.: In conjunction with celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, join Candace Fleming (Ben […]


Reports of My Departure Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

At the beginning of this year I was fairly certain that I would be moving from New York to L.A. in May.  Now a personal difficulty has raised its ugly head (which I won’t go about describing here) and as a result it looks as if I will be staying in New York for a […]

Further Thoughts on Award Winners

Beats working!  Working, in this particular case, meaning writing more reviews.  Here are some more thoughts for those of you with any interest. Printz Winners: I am extraordinarily unqualified to discuss this award since (in theory) I do not read YA.  But I read a fair amount of blogs that DO read YA and it […]

Review of the Day: Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa

Tsunami! By Kimiko Kajikawa Illustrated by Ed Young Philomel (a division of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25006-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 5th The purpose of a picture book? Think carefully now. The answer’s not going to jump up and bite you on the bum. Does it exist primarily to instill a love of literature? A […]

. . . And Nothing Did Not Happen. A 2009 Newbery/Caldecott Wrap-Up.

The champagne has been served.  The celebratory parties thrown.  The winners plunged into great joy/great despair while the losers sip their tea and gurgle.  And with the full knowledge that my #1 Newbery pick and my #1 Caldecott choice didn’t even get any frickin’ HONORS this year, I plunge into a recap of our favorite […]

Instantaneous Quick Thoughts as the Awards are Granted (like Twitter but less clear)

I’m just watching this on the live webcast right now.  So these aren’t very clear thoughts, but they’re fun to type out as the awards are given out. Schneider Family Book Award Thoughts – See?  Didn’t I tell you that Waiting for Normal was designed so that big awards would fit nicely on the cover? […]

Review of the Day: How to Scratch a Wombat by Jackie French

How to Scratch a Wombat By Jackie French Illustrated by Bruce Whatley Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $15.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-86864-3 Ages 6-10 On shelves February 16th I remember where I was the first time I read Jackie French’s Diary of a Wombat. I was in a bookstore perusing the picture book titles […]

Video Sunday: Miss Hoover? I Glued My Ear to My Shoulder.

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