- So the big news this week was that a writer at Slate decided that now was an ideal time to take a potshot at adults reading young adult books. And, as you might expect, everyone got quite hot under the collar about it. To arms! To arms! Considering that this sort of thing happens pretty much every time a new YA book hits the mainstream I wasn’t quite as upset as some. Honestly, I thought Roger Sutton’s piece Why Do We Even Call It YA Anymore? was much more along my own thinking. I could not help but enjoy Marjorie Ingall’s response as well.
- It’s one of those stories that’s just so crazy you don’t quite believe it at first. So about a year ago I attending a lovely dinner for Stephan Pastis, author of the book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (as well as the other Timmy books that would follow). Stephan was one of those fellows just filled to the brim with stories. And, as luck would have it, his stories were about syndicated cartoonists; one of my favorite things in the world to talk about! I heard him wax eloquent on the subject of Gary Trudeau, Berkeley Breathed, you name it. He even had ties to Charles Schulz (a fact that served me well when I interviewed Sparky’s wife Jean). But when I dared to ask if he’d ever met the elusive Gary Larson or Bill Watterson (of Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes fame respectively) he confessed he had not, though Watterson had once sent him a nice note about one of his comics. Well bust my buttons, but recently Pastis got a lot more out of Watterson than a mere note. He got three illustrated comic strips! Read this post to learn how he did it and why this is as extraordinary a fact as it is. Wowza!
- I was very sad to hear about the recent death of legendary children’s book editor Frances Foster. Read this remarkable interview with her from Horn Book, conducted by Leonard Marcus to get a sense of the woman we just lost. PW provided a very nice obituary for her here.
- Essentially, this is kind of a real world case of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, but with a dark dark twist.
- The voting may be over, but I can’t help but love the collection of different Penguin Random House logos that dared to combine the publishing behemoth. My personal favorite? Right here:
- I’ve oohed and cooed to you about the fact that Shaun Tan’s rather brilliant picture book Rules of Summer has an accompanying app with music by the amazing and fantastic Sxip Shirey. However, when I mentioned this fact before the app was not available for purchase. Now it is. Go get that thing then. You can even hear a selection of Sxip’s music for it here.
- Speaking of Rules of Summer, did you see Travis Jonker’s predictions of what he thinks will win the New York Times Best Illustrated Awards? Sort of a brilliant list to predict (and I think he’s completely and utterly dead on with his selection).
- Brain Pickings recently featured a selection of photographs of fictional meals from your favorite books. The photos are from the book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals. Though not strictly limited to children’s literature, it contains a handful of tasty treats worth noting. Be sure to check out the meals of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Heidi, and a Chicken Soup With Rice that will knock your socks off.
- Just a quick shout out to my fellow metropolitan librarian Rita Meade who just sold her first children’s book. Go, Rita, go go go!
- Lindgren wins Lindgren! And around and around it goes.
- One minute he’s winning a Tony. The next minute he’s turning The Dangerous Book for Boys into a television show. Wait . . . say what now?
- Did you guys happen to see Grace Lin’s rather remarkably good Cheat Sheet for Selling Diversity? Selling, heck. This should be disseminated into all the MLIS programs in the States. Future children’s librarians should be memorizing it by heart. THIS is how you handsell to a kiddo or a parent, guys. And Grace did all the work for you!
Thanks to Marci for the link.