October 15, 2008
The new leaner, meaner (in a nice way) Cybils nominations close tonight at 11:59, Pacific Time. All aboard who are coming aboard!
Although, I have to LAUGH at myself -- having left everything to the last minute, I'm finding that MANY of the books I nominated are already taken. Fortunately, there are some great organizers who are helpfully giving suggestions and memory joggers; take advantage of the "what's missing" roundups here and here; it is not yet too late!!!
So, here's ...a BACA you might not have heard about. The 200 lb. plus actress "Mo'Nique has committed herself to a four book series for plus sized teens. Now, I know my kidlit blogosphere peeps don't usually cut celebrities any slack for writing young adult literature; however, these books are semi-autobiographical. And probably no one else is writing the kinds of books she wants to write, to the specific audience. Does Mo'Nique still get a BACA OFF? Is it ever okay for a celeb to grab hold of an Issue and make it their own? Perhaps a better question is, could anyone else make an Issue/Problem novel sell in this era??? Inquiring minds...
Via Bookshelves of Doom I found a freebie; Alan Gratz' Something Rotten is at his blog until November 30th, for free. You'll want to pick up his new book the minute you can; he really is working this Shakespeare thing really well.
I am just SHRIEKING out my congratulations especially to Laurie Halse Anderson and E. Lockhart for being National Book Award Nominees for Young People's Literature. Oh, it is SO HARD to choose from so many amazing books. Can I say how deeply glad I am NOT to be on that committee? Again, congratulations, awesome authors!