March 22, 2005

Tidbits: Hans Christian Andersen, Paper Tigers, and More

Here are a handful of news bites culled from the last few SCBWI e-mail newsletters.

  • This year is the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. The Danish storyteller was born in 1805, died in 1875, and is well-known for fairy tales such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Snow Queen." More than 3,000 celebrations have been scheduled around the world, including in his home country of Denmark. Goodwill ambassadors from many nations are promoting the celebrations, including Harry Belafonte, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Keitel, Connie Nielsen, Susan Sarandon, Brazilian soccer star Pele, Australian runner Cathy Freeman and Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, among others.

  • Pied Piper Publishing is actively looking for texts on children's literature history, pedagogy, theory, etc. and are willing to help convert your thesis for publication! (Anyone write any papers or MA theses about YA lit? Someone besides the prof. might want to read them...)

  • Cruise over to Paper Tigers, a website celebrating children's and YA lit from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia. Don't miss the fabulous interviews with familiar and new authors.

  • The University of Newcastle in England will be opening Seven Stories in 2005, also known as the Centre for Children's Books. They plan to provide research opportunities in the field of Children's Literature, along with exhibitions, events, and a collection of original manuscripts and artwork.

1 comment:

TadMack said...

Thanks for the update!
It's always good to know who's looking for what out there. For those of you of a nonfiction bent, I found this scoop -- I think it originated at SCBWI as well:

Check out Scott Blumenthal, President of Scobre Press Corporation at is looking for YA writers who write creative non-fiction about sports and professions. Check out their website FIRST, and find out what they want/need, and what they pay - I don't have this info. Good luck!

Scobre Press Corporation
2255 Calle Clara
La Jolla, California 92037
858-551-1223 ext. 129
fax 858-551-1232