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A truly wonderful examination of the Just One More Book! children’s literary review podcast over at Quill and Quire. Couldn’t have happened to two nicer folks too. I mean, have you ever seen Mark and Andrea deal with troll commenters? They’re downright classy and sweet as peaches on a vine, they are. Makes me feel all kinds of guilty about abandoning my own podcast, but why bother when Just One More Book! does it so much better than I ever could?

  • Vaguely wondering if saying the word "want" over and over can create a miracle. Worth a shot anyway.  Want.  Want.  Waaaaaant.  Aw, forget it. I’ll just pick a copy up in Canada while I’m here.

  • Market thyself! Authors and illustrators I mean.  Editor Molly O’Neill breaks it down for you with some solid advice, including the use of online resources and creating a marketing plan for yourself.  The "setting specific goals" part is a killer.  Thanks to @mitaliperkins for the link.

  • I’m jibber jabbering on September 15th (note to self: organize jibber, cut down on jabber) for the good folks of NY SCBWI.  You don’t have to be a member to attend this professional series, of course.  Just thought I’d let you know it’s there.

  • Alvina has hit her 10-year mark as an editor working for Little, Brown.  Now she looks back at how she got the job in the first place.  Thank goodness for personal journals, eh? 

  • I’ve enjoyed many an Unfortunate Cover post over at 100 Scope Notes, but none so much as this.  Arr!  It be Long John Silvezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • As I may have mentioned before, David Mamet is slated to adapt the new cinematic version of The Diary of Anne Frank.  Upon hearing this The Onion made some predictions.  Thanks to Bookninja for the link.

  • Daily Image:

Forget New York or London or Paris.  Lincoln, Nebraska is where it’s at today.  Currently The Kruger Collection of Miniature Furnishings and Decorative Arts is touring a traveling exhibit of miniature rooms based on popular children’s books.  Here’s a tiny shot from the Harry Potter Gryffindor room:

Say they: "The exhibit, ‘Little Nooks from Great Books,’ features scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Little Women; Little House on the Prairie; Peter Pan and Wendy; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Felicity Learns a Lesson: A School Story ."  One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong . . .

Pretty cool idea, though.  I’d go, if I could. Thanks to Jenny Schwartzberg for the link.

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. I am on the SCBWI NY Metro Steering Committee. We are thrilled to have you speak. Members and non-members are welcomed. Non-members pay a little more than members for the entry fee. Get there early because we’ve been turning people away after the seating limit is reached.

  2. shelli johannes wells says:

    love “just one more book”

    thanks for the link to my molly oNeill interview :)

  3. Andrea Ross of JOMB says:

    Betsy! Thanks for your too-kind words. Not peaches but maybe apples. Nice tart Granny Smiths.

    More importantly: You’re in Canada?? Ack! Whereabouts and how did I miss that news? I hope you are very far from our haunts, so I don’t feel completely ripped off at missing an opportunity to host a visit…

    ps. Thank you Shelli!

  4. Andrea again says:

    Phew! Stratford. Far from hosting range. Hope you were also far from the 4 tornados yesterday…

    I hope you meet or at least snag some books by Lois Burdett. Awesome Shakespeare for kids.

    Enjoy Ontario!

  5. You are aware, of course, that David Mamet has published several picture books? I’ve found a few, and they are usually innocuous in subject but still weird, weird, weird. Here’s a description I found online of The Duck and the Goat: “A clever anchovy uncannily saves the day for an Angora goat and a Muscovy duck which lose their way but find adventure.”

    That’s right, an anchovy. Huh.

  6. Mamet does pbs? This I gotta see. And find. And read. And digest. Not necessarily in that order.

    And Andrea, I actual drove through where the tornadoes touched down mere hours before they got there. Y’all got you some heavy duty weather out there! I feel bad that I didn’t check to see if you were near the Stratford area, though. Next time I’ll check better!

  7. ChaimBitton says:

    Speaking of spell check, there is a good program Spell Check Anywhere (SpellCheckAnywhere.Net) it adds spell check to all programs.