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Fuse #8 TV: Laura Ruby (Now a National Book Award longlist finalist!)


As I’m sure you all noticed, yesterday the National Book Award announced its shortlist for the Young People’s category.  A couple surprises there.  M.T. Anderson’s removal will come as a nasty shock to anyone who has read his book and the elimination of Shabazz/Magoon effectively turns the remaining writers into a pretty white fivesome. The […]

Fusenews: Saving the Second Penny


The problem with this Fusenews feature is that if I don’t do them regularly then the news out there builds up, builds up, builds up, until there’s so much of it out there that I’m almost embarrassed to do anything with it.  Such is the case today!  And, as per usual, I’ll say that I’m […]

Fusenews: Hear the beat, of literary feet.


Hi ho.  Time to round-up what Jules and I have been up to over at our Wild Things blog (book promotion for bloggers means more blogging, you see).  Here’s the long and short of what you may have missed: Wacked out 1970s picture books. Maurice Sendak’s actual first book (and it’s not what you think). […]

Fusenews: You’re freaking me out, Colin!


I don’t think I’ll shock anyone out there when I reveal that I adore webcomic artist Kate Beaton’s work more than life itself.  This past Christmas my husband and I exchanged identical gifts that both turned out to be Hark, A Vagrant! calendars for the coming year.  The fact that I ever got a chance […]

Fusenews: Dark fiddlers and ponymen

Garage Doors

Looks like the National Book Awards are taking a page out of the Oscars’ handbook.  Which is to say, if people like nominees for awards so much, why not give them MORE nominees?  Says PW, “In an effort to broaden the reach and impact of the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation will select […]

Fusenews: The P.D. Eastman Influence


Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving yesterday!  I had family in town, including my niece and brother-in-law.  Steve, the bro-in-law in question, has a kind of genius for synthesizing down P.D. Eastman books to their most essential lessons.  He’s always objected to Are You My Mother? on the basis that this baby bird is […]

Review of the Day: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander


Goblin Secrets By William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-442434523 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I think it is time to declare the birth of the clockwork children’s novel. If you have been watching the literary trends over the last decade or so, you will note that […]

Fusenews: A Very Young Blogger


Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday at the age of 85.  I have linked to the io9 obituary because the title mentions her book The Ship Who Sang which was a great favorite of my mother’s back in the day.  I was more of a Dragonriders of Pern fan myself.  I have a very clear memory […]

Fusenews: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Die Alone”

Book City - red

I hope you all took the time to notice the magnificent One Shot World Tour: City Living conducted by any number of our best bloggers in the biz.  I had every intention of participating and then lost my head.  Fortunately there are folks out there far more reliable than myself for this kind of thing.  […]

Video Sunday: Feel Good, Inc.


Halloween is on the horizon so Monica Edinger (of Educating Alice n’ such) whipped together a handy dandy little list of recommended spooky 2011 books for the season.  These videos take a bloody long time to make but dude, they are so worth it in the end. Now I should remind you that soon soon […]

Fusenews: I figure if I write a book called “Shiny Chimes” I’ll have it made


If I’m not too incorrect I believe that today is the last day for SLJ editor Brian Kenney before he steps off and joins the White Plains Public Library as their Director.  It was Brian who first tapped me to become an SLJ blogger, and who, in effect, “discovered” me.  He’s been a wonderful editor […]

National Book Awards: Worth Your Weight in Tiny Food


Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my first National Book Award ceremony.  That I had not attended one before is not surprising since (A) it’s pricey and (B) I am not in the publishing business or (strictly speaking) a member of the press.  As it happens, my lovely President of NYPL invited me along […]

Fusenews: “Does the Quiet Old Lady evolve as a character or does she remain static?”


This Wednesday will see the final announcements of The National Book Award winners for one and all to see.  Unlike the Newbery, Caldecott, or ALA Media Awards of any stripe, judges on the National Book Award committee are uniquely tight-lipped.  They can’t even really give their own opinions of the books looked at (though you […]

Fusenews: Encyclopedia Peck


As far as I’m concerned, every good blog post should begin with fiction starring Gregory Peck.  What we have here is one of the luscious finds boasted by Greg Hatcher over at the site Comic Book Resources.  I’m a big fan of Hatcher because when he does round ups like this one he always takes […]

National Book Award Predictions (has it ever been done?)


We don’t talk enough, you and I.  About the National Book Awards, I mean.  Seems to me that the only time we pay much attention to them is when they release their shortlist, and by that point the only thing left to predict is what the ultimate winner will be.  It hasn’t quite the same […]