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Well, That Happened

This past week’s online conversation (via Twitter, blog posts, comments) has centered around ALA, it’s Exhibit Hall pricing and admissions policy, ARCs, and, well, a whole bunch of things. I was tempted not to post about it because it  has reached some complex levels, with multiple different arguments going on at the same time and, [...]

YALSA Coffee Klatch

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For a few years now, I’ve attended the YALSA YA Author Coffee Klatch at ALA Annual. It’s basically author speed dating: the room is full of numbered tables, you sit, and the authors rotate from table to table for about three minutes. I strongly recommend it! Though here is a tip learned the hard way: [...]

Flashback June 2005

As a brief reminder, I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in June 2005: The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger. My review: “It’s summer, and Russel has left town for a summer job in the mountains, working as a counselor for a sleepover camp. Part [...]

ALA Saturday: Edwards Luncheon

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One of the highlights of ALA was the Edwards Luncheon with Susan Cooper. An explanation of the Edwards Award, past winners, and information on Margaret A. Edwards (for whom the award is named) is at Wikipedia. (Yes, Wikipedia. I don’t have to login there or fill out a form.) Per the policies at the YALSA [...]

Review: The Silence of our Friends

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The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, art by Nate Powell. First Second. 2012. Graphic Novel. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Houston, 1968. Two stories are intertwined; the story of a white family and a black family. Jack Long is the race reporter for the evening news. Larry Thompson is [...]

Review: Gilt

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Gilt by Katherine Longshore. Viking. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: England, 1539. Kitty Tylney and Cat Howard are two teenage girls, living at the home of Cat’s grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. The Duchess may be rich and powerful, but she is also old and absorbed in her own affairs. Kitty, Cat, [...]

Flashback June 2007

As a brief reminder, I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in June 2007: Wildly Romantic: The English Romantic Poets: The Mad, The Bad, And The Dangerous by Catherine M. Andronik. Reviewed from ARC. My review:  “Ah, some of the original bad boys. The revolutionary who became Mr [...]

Review: My Sister’s Stalker

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My Sister’s Stalker by Nancy Springer. Holiday House. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: When sixteen-year-old Rig’s parent’s divorced, he went to live with his mother while his sister, Karma, stayed with their father. The two haven’t really kept in touch in the four years since, especially since she left for college, One day, [...]

ALA 2012 in Anaheim

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This week I’ll be heading off to the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim (Twitter Hashtag #ala12). It’s going to be a flurry of activity and meetings and exhibits, meeting friends, and getting the chance to meet online friends for the first time. Here are some of my highlights: Saturday ASCLA Web Presence Committee Meeting, Saturday, [...]

Here a Fan, There a Fic

Are you part of a fandom? If you have participated in a fandom, please fill out Robin Brenner’s survey over at No Flying, No Tights: Fanworks & Libraries. As Robin explains at NF, NT, “As part of my professional research, I am conducting a survey on the connections between fan works (including fan fiction, fan [...]