Happy Nineteenth Amendment Day, welcome first week of the über busy month of June, and with it, the second monthly installment of Wicked Cool Overlooked Books, brought to you by Chasing Ray, in concert with the ladies at 7-Imp, Kelly at Big A, little a, and anyone else who wants to play. I am becoming a believer in the powerhouse of ideas that is Jo Walton. Must. Go. Read...
The 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature have been announced. Once again, that Astonishing Life is garnering more critical praise, and once again, I'm getting antsy for Volume II!
For those of you willing to steal an hour from your employer on the computer, do check out Sugar Magazine's live interview with e. lockhart on Wednesday at 8 AM California time, 11 AM New York City time, and 4 PM London Time. And yes, London does have the best time slot. Sugar is a UK magazine. Congrats to e. for jumping the pond.
Linguists who love a good poem and the thrill of using their noggins will enjoy the Poetry Workshop at the Guardian. Meanwhile, the London Review of Books has a great review of books on animation and how artists work. Did you know that Walt Disney's visions quickly grew beyond his meager talents as a cartoonist, so he acted out most of his cartoons for his fellow animators to see and draw? You've got to really know what you want to be so fully able to allow others to see it.
I discovered a couple of places potential authors should know about: Rick Frishman's Author101's Publicity Blog and Colin Murcray's Journal of a Male Children's Book Writer. Both of these sites offer insights which might be of use. Mr. Murcray's latest article on finding the courage to write is really close to home, and now that I am jumping into the publishing thing without backup singers (although I may still figure out a way to drag some of you into this with me), knowing that I have a place to begin looking for publicity hints is a good thing. The launch meeting for Knopf's next line is this week -- and this week I find out if the cover design that I've seen is what we're going with. Intrigue!
June is the month I've been waiting for -- for a number of reasons, not the least of which is little my brother's 8th grade graduation (Finally, the bearded fuzzball boychild is leaving middle school and joining the ranks of Others Who Shave! Huzzah!) and the incipient birth of a nephew (at least my sister looks like she reallllly hopes so), but because the 48 Hour Book Challenge is upon us in just four days (eek!) and the clock is ticking on the fabulous Summer Blog Blast Tour.
What's a 'Blog Blast Tour?' you ask? It's a week long blog tour celebrating the season of picnics and the fabulous authors of the season. The idea comes from the fertile mind of Colleen Mondor, and includes about twenty-five YA author interviews at various blogs. Our blog tour includes many different YA writers -- covering "boy books," "girl books," graphic novels, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, SF and mystery. Some of the writers are well known, and are just starting out. The common thread binding them all? - They all write good books. That is the central, unifiying idea around which Colleen has organized this blog tour, and we think that makes it really special.
As the date draws closer, you'll hear more about it! Meanwhile, I am squirreling away stacks by the bed for the Book Challenge hurtling toward me at week's end!
I somehow always knew that Anne Frank was not the only one. The Holocaust diary of a Polish Jewish girl was discovered in Bedzin, Poland, and unveiled at Israel's Holocaust Museum today. Rutka Lasier, we will remember your name.