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Video Sunday: It’s a YA kind of day

I wanted to begin today with a fantastic video of Christopher Lee reading Jabberwocky.  Alas, I can’t find a version to embed.  Trust me, then.  It’s worth following this link.

This week most of what I found was of a YA bent.  This is all the more appropriate since I discovered that tomorrow’s Kidlit Drink Night will be held at the same place and time as David Levithan’s Teen Author Drink Night. 

The bulk of authors interviewed here by Scholastic mention children’s literature when asked what books inspired them to become authors.  So how teen is this video really?

Thanks to On Our Minds at Scholastic for the link.

It’s nice when a book you like gets a little more love amongst the masses.  I’m not saying that if Al Roker likes something it’s more legitimate or anything, but it is oddly satisfying.  In this particular case, Nathan Wilson’s 100 Cupboards got a bit of the spotlight.  That’s cool right there, but I also recognize one of the kids in the audience as a young woman who came to my last Children’s Literary Cafe to interview Raina Telegemeier. 

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By the way, is that a Jimmy Durante song playing at the beginning?  If so, kudos Today Show.  Kudos.

Speaking of Nathans . . . I confess to you all that until last night I had never actually watched the Twilight movie.  But it was on TV so Matt and I settled down to watch all two plus hours of the thing.  I can say this much: Great cinematography and choice of landscape.  And the red truck.  That was a superb red truck.  That’s . . . pretty much all I can say politely about it. So I was primed and ready for this Nathan Lane in Eclipse joke this morning.

Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.

Speaking of doom (that was a stretch, wasn’t it?), YA author James Kennedy recently had his Dome of Doom party.  And from this post on his blog it was, and I don’t think I’m generalizing here, perhaps the greatest party in the history of man.  Part of the reason?  A fighting arena made of PVC pipe with its own band.

New York, your parties can’t even begin to compare.  Get on that.  And check out his site for the full kerschmozzle.

Off-topic final video time.  It sounds trite, but the idea of Wes Anderson making Spiderman works as well as it does in this video partly because of the choice of actors (best. Owen Wilson. imitation. ever.) partly because of the writing and partly because of the choice of music.  This is sublime.

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. Tricia Springstubb says:

    Can’t believe none of the writers mentioned delivering flowers. Think of how happy everyone would be to see you at the door! Plus how delightful your delivery truck would smell! The world’s second best job, in my opinion.

  2. Denise Doyen says:

    Thank you (!) for sharing Sir Christopher Lee’s recitation of “Jabberwocky”. Just loved how he took his sweet time and the haunting timbre of his voice.

  3. James Kennedy says:

    Thanks for the props on the Dome of Doom party, Betsy! All the artists (teens and adults) who did fan art for “The Order of Odd-Fish” were there for their gallery show, and many participated in the battle-dancing tournament. After I ripped out the victor’s heart and paraded around the ring, a spectator informed me that E.B. White, James Thurber, and other 1930s children’s authors used to fight each other in similar parties in Prohibition-era NYC. Apparently that’s why Laura Ingalls Wilder had a wooden left hand. Something for your book?

  4. Lord, yes! The question is, what book would contain such a tidbit so that I could cite it? Hmmm.

    I hope they invited Dorothy Parker. She’d have had a mean right hook, that one.