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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: None of This Has Anything to do With BookExpo

  • A big thanks to everyone who showed up to Kidlit Drink Night last evening.  Cheryl took pictures (I never think to).  A wonderful turnout, in spite of the two separate dinners and the Libba Bray rock concert happening at the same time.  I think we packed the joint.  Kudos.

  • This rewards those of you who read me at 2 a.m. (hey, it could happen).  You know that cool Alec Flint series?  The young detective books that are right around the Encyclopedia Brown age level, and fill the ever gaping need for youngish mysteries?  Well the first two people to e-mail author Jill Santopolo at with their mailing address, saying that they read this message on my blog and who crack and answer the coded question below will receive a free copy of The Ransom Note Blues.  (Hint: The key to Alec and Gina’s code can be found at

Here’s the coded question that needs to be cracked and answered:
Dszg xzmwb rh Trmz vzgrmt lm gsv xlevi lu Gsv Izmhln Mlgv Yofvh?

Good luck to you.  I haven’t a clue myself.  And don’t assume anyone’s gotten it before you either.  It is, after all, Saturday.

  • A big old thank you to everyone who attended SLJ’s Day of Dialog on Thursday.  I took a blogging break and won’t be blogging or twittering or Skyping or doing ANYTHING in conjunction with that day.  BEA has me running on empty.  However, plenty of other sites recorded it for posterity.  I will link you to Rasco from RIF’s blog where she has a couple pieces up on the presentations.  Here you can see my blogging panel (which consisted of Laura Lutz of Pinot and Prose, Liz Burns of Tea Cozy, Cheryl Klein of Brooklyn Arden, Libba Bray of Libba Bray, and l’il ole desperately-trying-to-not-slouch me).  I wish you could see everyone’s shoes.  There’s also a post on the audiobook panelists who spoke about getting kids (particularly boys) involved in audible lit.  Jon Scieszka was, of course, present.  Talking about boys, cheating, audiobooks, and sex.  Maybe there was more to it, but that’s what I picked up anyway.  And School Library Journal did a great article summing up some of our points as well. 

  • I can only speak for myself, but the term "interstitial moment" does not fall trippingly off the tongue at all times.  Still, Jane Yolen has a series going on at her blog at the moment where she discusses the interstitial moments in the writing of an historical picture book.  Good times.

  • As if he didn’t have enough to do, Gregory K. founder of Gotta Book, creator of the 30 Poets/30 Days, and father of the Fibonacci poem has a new blog in town.  Called The Happy Accident, the site says that, "Greg Pincus helps people and organizations create social media strategies and plans. He also tries to demystify the online world and practices on his mom, believing that if he can help her understand Twitter and Facebook, he can do anything."  And how can you dislike a blog that has posts with names like Go Play in Traffic?  Honestly.

  • Maybe it wasn’t carefully coordinated, but I’d like to award Brenda Bowen and Laura Geringer the Smartest Timing Award for their dual I’ve become an agent / I’m moving my imprint to another company announcements.  Honestly, it’s all anyone here in New York at Book Expo can talk about now!  Clever ladies.

  • Daily Image:

    Doesn’t really have much to do with children’s literature.  I just love Color Me Katie so much that I’ll make any excuse to link to it.  This, I found funny.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. JMyersbook says:

    Official addition to the Small World Department: I discovered recently that I attended the same (very small) college as Jon Scieszka, two years ahead of him. Will wonders never cease?

  2. Fuse #8 says:

    Was that Albion? It began with an “a” right?

  3. Albion it was.

  4. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    I really enjoyed Kid Lit Drinks Night, once again. Thanks for setting it up, Betsy.(And Cheryl, too, of course!) If the pink lady is reading this, please email me! I misplaced your card and have no way of getting in touch now. Yikes! Thanks.

  5. Beth Kephart says:

    Can I just say how fun it is, inside a single post, to read about Jill Santopolo and Laura Geringer—both so beloved and dear to me.