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Fusenews: Crows, Rabbits, and Tigers (oh my)

And Upstart Crow Literary pulls ahead in the interesting blog by a literary agency category (Nathan Bransford we consider a force unto himself, requiring little help from Curtis Brown). Of particular note was Michael Stearns and his recent consideration of Goodreads. He talks about how he feels obligated to edit himself on that site, when really it’s supposed to be a book forum where everyone is free to speak their own mind. Is that a problem? I understand where he’s coming from. It can feel somewhat awkward when you’re getting ready to criticize a work minutely only to see that the author belongs to Goodreads and, odds are, will read your words personally. But then, they’d probably do that if you were to post the review anywhere on the internet at all. And Goodreads is made for literary discussions, so there’s nothing wrong with that. I use Goodreads on a regular basis. Heck, it was K.T. Horning’s review there of When You Reach Me that got me to pluck the book from my shelf as early as I did.  Thanks to Sally Apokedak for the link.

  • The librarians of New York are a friskative bunch.  They have taken the idea of librarian chic and lifted it to an entirely different level.  I am a member of the librarian social group Desk Set, which consists of eminently stylish (and ultimately very nice) MLIS degree holding folks of the hipster persuasion.  Now they have a new website and all is well and right with the world.  For those of you curious (or having ideas of creating similar groups in other parts of the country) it’s a trip.

Peter Glassman
, the founder of NYC’s Books of Wonder store, will begin appearing on Absolutely Mindy on Sirius/XM satellite radio’s Kids Place Live to discuss kid’s book beginning next month, per Publishers Weekly.

  • There are many things to look forward to when moving to L.A.  For example, if picture book author/illustrator Mr. Warburton is to be believed, one can hang out with a million billion animators at the Hanna Barbara Studios.  Granted, it’s probably easier to do if you yourself are an animator… details, details.

  • As newspaper titles go Children’s author reunited with amulet he buried 30 years ago may be my favorite of the month.  It tells the story of a British fiction phenomenon that resulted in a real life treasure hunt.  I feel as if we’ve tried similar things here in the States, to less success.  Would the 39 Clues count?  Dunno.  But as real life rewards go, the amulet at the end of this story is remarkably lovely.  Thanks to PW Children’s Bookshelf for the link.

  • Here at NYPL I run a monthly gathering of children’s literary enthusiasts called The Children’s Literary Cafe.  I also co-host wonderful evening bar meet-ups called Kidlit Drink Nights.  So how strange it seems to me then to hear about the Kidlit Salon out West in the Bay Area.  It’s sort of like my Literary Cafe, except that they charge, it’s through a bookstore, and they have a much better website than I do.  Still, if you live around and about the Book Passage Bookstore, think about giving it a glance.  Thanks to PW Daily for the link.

  • Editor Cheryl Klein has posted an open letter to agents, proposing a change to the current submission system.  Seems to make sense to me, but I don’t tend to understand these things.  That’s why I became a librarian.  Books seem much easier to deal with in the post-publication phase.

  • New Blog Alert!  More to the point, new publisher blog alert.  It may well have been around for a while, but I was only recently alerted to it.  Lee & Low Books  discuss on their blog all the current racial issues surrounding children’s literature at this time.  And there is certainly a lot out there to talk about, that’s true.

  • Daily Image:

I’m ashamed to say that this took me a good 20 seconds before I got this piece from artist M.S. Corley.  The title helps.  It’s called We All Have to Grow Up.

My husband got it instantly.  Must be a guy thing.

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. R.J. Anderson says:

    I pointed out that picture to my 7-year-old and said, “Who’s this?” He didn’t even hesitate to give the right answer. But then he went on to say that it didn’t look like either of them at all. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Monica Edinger says:

    I missed the Kit Williams item. How very cool! I have the original Masquerade book and remember the excitement well (although I’m not sure I’d go as far as calling him the “JK Rowling of his day”). 39 Clues? No way. Hope the documentary gets shown in this country.

  3. Is the book good? Anything paired with an amulet that pretty has to have something going for it.

  4. Monica Edinger says:

    It is at school, but I remember thinking it very clever.

  5. Ben Watson says:

    It is really lavish and unique. The clues were over my head but I still remember striving to decipher it for years.

    Cool idea about a grown up Calvin and Hobbes. What a pair.

    It is tripping me out that you are moving to LA. You seem as much a part of the NY landscape as the two lions. You’re still doing this blog right?

  6. Oh Fuse, you’re such a youngster! Masquerade was pretty big here in the US, too.

    I was certain that the Masquerade story ended when a dog dug up the gold rabbit. Perhaps that was a cover story created by the metal-detector guy.

    Or perhaps there was a seperate US version. Anyone know?

  7. Yup. Still I shall blog, only from a different perspective, I suppose. And Masquerade was big, you say? I’ll have to figure out what year it came out. May have been just a tad before my time.

  8. I know I should be nice, but c’mon. Somewhere Bill Waterson is shuddering. The guy in this picture is a hipster poseur with salon hair, doing a second rate Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan slouch on his way home to make a cup of herbal tea and write in his journal. The teenage Calvin, should he receive parole (again), would tear this pretender to shreds.

  9. I like to think that the hair does that naturally. I mean, it did when he was a kid, after all. My boss pointed out that Hobbes should really be standing on his hind legs, though. Dunno. Maybe kid-Hobbes would, but grown Hobbes prefers all fours.

  10. Nathan Hale says:

    Where IS Watterson? Seriously, didn’t he cite “Wanting to try new, bigger, non-newspaper formats” as one of his reasons for ending C and H? He could absolutely OWN the entire kid comic scene if he wanted to.

  11. Bonny Becker says:

    Palm slap to forehead. Can I confess that I thought it was Christopher Robin and Tigger? I mean, yeah, obviously they are hipster, so they happened to do some time travel, right? And isn’t that the 100 Acre Wood? Okay, so I’m old.