|Rest in peace, Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012|
There was a bit of a personal connection for me, at least an indirect one, in that a friend of ours' brother used to work for Mr. Sendak, and did the design and production for the Sendak exhibit in San Francisco's Sony Metreon. We got to hear some firsthand stories about Mr. Sendak, who seemed like quite a character. May he continue to live on in his books.
Want to be a more active book person? Can't wait for the Cybils? Alyssa at The Shady Glade (herself a longtime Cybils judge) is hosting the YA Bloggers' Book Battle 2012, and this year's theme is Retold Fairy Tales (pubbed in 2011, of course). We love us some good retold fairy tales around here, and if you feel the same, you might want to go nominate a book or even sign up as a judge. Judging is done bracket-style, which sounds like WAY too much fun, and if I weren't completely swamped I'd be all over it myself.
So, my message to you this week is, Go Forth and Be Book People! And, if you're so inclined to leave a comment, we'd love to hear about why YOU are a book person--but go tell the good folks at RIF first!!