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Sweet little Friday is upon us.  Let us celebrate the rapid approach of the weekend with ridiculousness.  And that particular item I have in spades.


SecretsofStoryFirst off, I’m so pleased and proud and delighted to inform you that my husband of the Cockeyed Caravan blog has written a book.  And what a book!  Published by Writer’s Digest, it’s called The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers.  I like to call it Save the Cat meets Joseph Campbell.  Best of all, we’re going to have a lovely release party for it on Friday, November 4th at 6:30 at the Bookends and Beginnings bookstore in Evanston, IL and YOU ARE ALL INVITED!!  I’ll even bake something.  Not sure what.  Something.  All information can be found here.


Now that’s a good title.  From Publisher’s Weekly: Trenton Lee Stewart Accidentally Starts a Mystery on Goodreads.  Don’t you hate it when that happens?  But this is actually a very sweet tale (and not a bad idea for someone to think up).  Check it out.


Horn Book has a new parenting blog, did you see?  Called Family Reading, they’ve so far had posts on newborns who hate to read, reading on the spectrum (Ferdinand the Bull as on the spectrum makes quite a bit of sense, when you think about it), and crafts inspired by picture books.  Beware that last link, though.  Its author’s kinda crazy.


The site Atlas Obscura has a new book out, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped updating their site or anything.  As proof, you simply have to read their recent post, A Guide to the Real-Life Homes of the Heroes of Children’s Literature.  It’s cool.  I was worried from the description that it would be all-white-kids, all-the-time, and that’s definitely the bulk of it.  But Kindred, Tar Beach, The House on Mango Street, and a couple others make it on there.  It also gets a bit loosey goosey with the term “children’s literature”.  Holden Caulfield?  Maybe not so much.  Thanks to Matt for the link.

The Good News: Folio Magazine nominated this blog for an Eddie Digital Award.  Woohoo!  Yay, team!

The Weird News: I’m nominated in the “Column / Blog – Government / Public Sector / Education” category (not too weird) alongside fellow nominees Everyday EMS of, – Be Advised…  of, and strategy+business specifically the piece “Why China’s Stock Market Crisis Spread” of PwC Strategy& LLC (significantly peculiar).

Hey, folks.  Today the film The Great Gilly Hopkins will open in select theaters and on demand.  Don’t know if there’s a theater showing it near you?  Then here’s a handy dandy chart where you can see if it’s anywhere near you.  Behold:

Atlanta Plaza Theater 2 Atlanta, GA
Charlotte AMC Concord Mills 24 IMAX Concord Mills, NC
Chicago AMC Streets of Woodfield 20 IMAX Schaumburg, IL
Cleveland Atlas Diamond Centre Cinemas 16 Mentor, OH
Dallas AMC Mesquite 30 IMAX Mesquite, TX
Denver AMC Westminster Promenade 24 IMAX Westminster, CO
Houston Premiere Renaissance 15 Houston, TX
Kansas City Cinetopia Overland Park 18 & GXL Overland Park, KS
Los Angeles AMC Orange 30 IMAX & ETX Orange, CA
Los Angeles Laemmle Monica Film Center 6 Santa Monica, CA
Minneapolis Mall of America 14 Bloomington, MN
New York Pavilion 9 Brooklyn, NY
New York Carmel Movieplex 8 Carmel, NY
New York AMC Loews 19th Street East 6 New York, NY
New York Cinema Village 3 New York, NY
Orlando Rialto Theatre 8 The Villages, FL
Palm Springs Tristone Cinemas Palm Desert 10 Palm Desert, CA
Philadelphia AMC Neshaminy 24 IMAX Bensalem, PA
Phoenix AMC Arizona Center 24 Phoenix, AZ
Salt Lake City Megaplex 20 at The District IMAX South Jordan, UT
Seattle Varsity 3 Theatres Seattle, WA
Wash. DC AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18 IMAX Gaithersburg, MD

Good stuff.


Daily Image:

Neat! Travis Jonker discovered this site where you can Brickify (turn into LEGOs) any image. He had a fun post where you could guess his brickified covers. I decided to do my own books out of curiosity.  The results:




Is it bad to say that I kinda like some of these more?  Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.

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. Gaithersburg is pretty far out to really be the DC market, but I’ll look for Gilly Hopkins on demand. Thanks for posting that!

  2. Congratulations on the Eddie Digital Award nomination!

  3. Katherine Applegate says

    Congrats to your better half on THE SECRETS OF STORY. I love books on the nuts and bolts of writing, & Writers Digest has put out some great ones (Chuck Wendig, Orson Scott Card, Nancy Kress.) You had me at STC meets Joseph Campbell.

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Thanks! STC isn’t really our business so I never know if the reference is going to mean anything to the person I’m talking to. I knew I could count on you to get it!