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A Fuse #8 Production
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Fusenews: Though to be fair, who ever heard of harmFUL spitballing?

4WayPolarization

Howdy-do, folks.  Today I am off to the Yonkers Library to participate in a Charles Dickens panel with some experts in the field.  Why me?  I don’t precisely know but I’m honored to be asked.  Plus the train ride will allow me to read my new Lemony Snicket book (this would be the children’s literature [...]

Fusenews: Coals to Newcastle, Pearls Before Swine, and So On and Such

BookFungus

I must apologize to you for falling down on my regular Video Sundays.  Saturday night I made the executive decision to rewatch Ghostbusters so as best to ascertain its relative awesomeness.  Conclusion: The movie continues to rock.  I was surprised to hear that the shots of the Ghostbusters in the stacks of my library were [...]

Fusenews: Look for the Girl with the Caterpillar Tattoo and She’s Gone

GoAway

I apologize for the recent radio silence, folks.  There’s something goofy in the state of Fuse 8.  For one thing, I can’t seem to comment on my own posts.  Most peculiar.  I will assume that this is just a passing fancy of the blog and that all will be well and good from this day [...]

Fusenews: The true ultra-violet catastrophe

BrianLiesBirdhouse

It was a bittersweet pleasure to see the vast numbers of folks out there lamenting the passing of New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy this week.  Just before we heard the news a discussion on the ccbc-net listserv about children’s books we’d like to see available once more echoed with person after person lamenting the [...]

Fusenews: Rectify this sin

Bookmobile1928

Well, now we’ve gone and done it.  Greedy gus that I am, I’ve always found it hugely inconvenient when my favorite authors and illustrators live in other countries.  Shaun Tan in Australia.  Kate Beaton in Canada (we had her briefly, then lost her again, consarn it).  And then there’s that charming Frances Hardinge.  When are [...]

Fusenews: Just your average everyday “New York Public Library girl materials dilettante”

JohnsonKraussCover

Okay!  So I’m a little out of practice when it comes to these news items and looking at some of the stuff I’ve accumulated in the last month, a good swath of it is out of date.  Here’s what I have that’s current then. Not long ago the good people at the Women’s National Book [...]

Fusenews: At the sign of the big yellow fuse

AaronZenzFuse8

Ain’t he just the sweetest thing?  Author/illustrator Aaron Zenz recently wrote just the loveliest ode to his four top favorite children’s literary blogs, and then went and created original art for each.  In my case he created this little Fuse guy (or possibly Fuse gal) based on the bright yellow Fuse you see at the [...]

Fusenews: Don’t blink. You may miss it.

HungerGamesGarden

No picture available (the one on the left here is from a rather fabulous video) but word on the street has it that there’s to be a Hunger Games Barbie doll.  So there’s the expected outcry, of course, but I’m thinking this one through. First off, Barbies are the number one most tortured dolls in [...]

Fusenews: If Henry James says it’s wrong I don’t wanna be right

Papersculpture1

I swear that every time my computer goes on the fritz I feel like I’m walking underwater for days on end while it’s in the shop.  I can’t do email effectively, I can’t update Goodreads, I can’t do anything without feeling like it’s all fake until that little laptop is returned to my knees where [...]

Fusenews: My proverbial hat tastes like flan

KingGoldenHair

I was going to spend a lot of time on this Fusenews.  Then I picked up Doug TenNapel’s Cardboard and lost most of my evening in the process.  So it goes.  I really am going to have to be brief today.  To sum up: The Battle of the (Kids’) Books rages on in earnest!  Wish [...]

Fusenews: “whimsically apocalyptic”

As I’m sure many of you heard Jan Berenstain, half of The Berenstain Bears, passed away recently. The Gothamist called us up at NYPL and wondered if we had any Berenstain goodies in our collection. We don’t but we knew who did. You can read their obit here. The SLJ obit is also well worth [...]

Fusenews: Shelve the books but shelve them slant

BoyBearBoatBrit

“I just finished a poem where St. Francis and St. Clare double-date with Thoreau and Evita and it just makes me very happy.”  My mother was the winner of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize because she is as good as it gets.  No brag.  Just fact.  Prairie Schooner recently interviewed her as well and [...]

Fusenews: I’ve Got Two Words for You – Golden Underpants

bookbathtub

Whoa.  Did you see that?  Look up. Yeah, that’s my name.  In an ad banner.  Do you know that this is the very first time I’ve ever appeared in one of my ad banners?  They usually just flit about hither and yon, sometimes for books I like, sometimes for books I loathe.  There was a [...]

Fusenews: In which I cram in a whole mess of resources just for the heck of it

28DaysLater

Two authors of children’s books passed away recently, one on the American side of the equation and one across the sea in Britain.  For the Yanks, Bill Wallace has been on our shelves for any number of years.  You can read a lovely SLJ obituary for him here.  As for the other person, that would [...]

Fusenews: The Jack Gantos / Alfred E. Newman Connection

JeffersWallpaper

And then it’s February.  How the heckedy heck did that happen?  Looks like 2012 is already establishing itself as the Blink and You’ll Miss It year.  Well, let’s get to it then. First and foremost was the announcement of Battle of the Books 2012.  Or, as I like to think of it, the place where [...]