Monthly Archives: October 2007

Lemony Snicket …

after playing a dirge on his accordian announced at his latest reading that the subtext of all of his books consists of as yet undeconstructed yearnings on the part of all.

“I’m wondering if other YA authors will follow in Rowling’s footsteps. Will Daniel Handler declare Klaus Baudelaire a BDSM enthusiast?” writes Edward Champion in Are You Sitting Down? More Importantly, Are You Prepared to Yawn?

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More on Critics and Book Reviews

Jason Cowley has something to say: A cosy circle of critics? Nonsense.

And here from the Brooklyn Book Fair: John Reed Multitasks on the NBCC Panel.

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What Do Terry Pratchett and John Ruskin…

have in common?

Hint #1: I just noticed this in Pratchett’s latest book, Making Money, but it evidently also appeared in The Truth (which I read long before this blog existed and don’t remember well at all, sadly).

Hint #2: Is here.

Attempted answers in the comments, please!


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One week in September

The Guardian asked “14 public figures” to keep diaries for a week in September including Mrs. Peel, politicians, actors, artists, a very wealthy man, a model, and one children’s literature luminary.  As an extra treat they’ve also provided some excerpts from a few dead poets’ and artists’ diaries.  (Thanks to bridgetothestars for the link.)

One week in September | Weekend | Guardian Unlimited

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I only wish I had more time to spend at this wonderful online conference. As regular readers of this blog know, I’m smittened with Web 2.0 and am eagerly using more and more of the tools in my teaching. Blogs, podcasting, and more. The schedule and links to archived presentations is here. I have been following blogs of several of the presenters for some time now. While I do feel we get a bit carried away with technology (had these feeling decades ago when I was deeply part of the Logo subculture), much of it is really incredibly exciting. I’m having so much fun with podcasting right now and have plans to use other new tools this year (as well as give my students their own blogs come January as I did last year).


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Remembering Harry: At Carnegie Hall with J. K. Rowling

I was very fortunate today to be invited by Scholastic to attend J. K. Rowling’s morning reading at Carnegie Hall. 1600 school kids were there, 40 kids from 40 schools. They were justifiably excited and so was I!

Rowling read the chapter in the final book where Harry said good-bye to the Dursleys. It was just very cool to hear her read live, her very own words. She’s a very good reader!

After that she answered a bunch of questions from kids. They were all excellent and sadly I didn’t take notes so you will have to rely on others for the details. One friend, GraceAnne DeCandido did take excellent notes and sent an excellent overview to the Leaky Cauldron. (In the second part of this post.) I’m sure there will be many more reports before long.

It was a thrilled to be there. I’m saving my golden ticket!


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Sarah Ellis

Congratulations to Sarah for winning the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for her elegant and intelligent novel Odd Man Out.

I got to know Sarah at the now-no-more Children’s Literature New England summer institutes. I learned to wait with bated breath for her talks as they were always witty, thought-provoking, and engrossing. Her books are like that too. If you haven’t encountered them, go thee now to find a few! Odd Man Out is wonderful as are her earlier books for children, not to mention those on literature, and her articles. (Roger notes that she has been writing quite a few for his little journal.) I’m partial to From Reader to Writer: Writing Through Classic Children’s Books as she includes many of my favorites.

So once again, congratulations, Sarah!

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Remembering Harry: The Christian Connection

 J.K. Rowling Talks About Christian Imagery

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Dystopic Novels

Recently, in a larger conversation about books subscribers dislike, there have been a few posts on child_lit about Lois Lowry’s The Giver.  So it was interesting to come across the following piece about dystopic novels, among them Lowry’s.

Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog – books: Children’s nightmares, adult entertainment

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The ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Movie Script

We’ve Got Dave Eggers’s and Spike Jonze’s Script for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ — Vulture — Entertainment & Culture Blog — New York Magazine

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