Daily Archives: January 26, 2009

Gaiman Gets It

Speaking by telephone from Los Angeles, where he had been doing press interviews for the forthcoming film adaptation of his first children’s novel, “Coraline,” Mr. Gaiman said he was stunned by the award, partly because the book had already found a popular audience. “The Graveyard Book,” published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, has spent 15 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list for children’s chapter books.

“I had thought that’s nice, there are books that are best sellers and books that are winners,” Mr. Gaiman said. “Very often, the world of award judges, and I think rightly, use their magical judging powers to try to bring books to the attention of the world that might not have otherwise been noticed.”

And also from the  NYTimes piece on the awards:

Rose V. Treviño, chairwoman of the Newbery committee, said the popularity of Mr. Gaiman’s novel had nothing to do with its selection. “We chose the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” she said.

It is about literary excellence.  Period.

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Live Post ALSC Media Award Press Conference Bloggers

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Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!

You are on a speakerphone with at least 14 teachers and librarians and suchlike great, wise and good people, I thought. Do not start swearing like you did when you got the Hugo. This was a wise thing to think because otherwise huge, mighty and fourletter swears were gathering. I mean, that’s what they’re for. I think I said, You mean it’s Monday?

Insert amazed and delighted swearing here. (by the winner, Neil Gaiman)

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At the Awards Press Conference

I’m in at the ALSC media awards press conference next to my Newbery bud, Michael Santangelo with my beloved chair Nina Linsday nearby also busy blogging.

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also my friends Junko and Roxanne.

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Just annouced the CSK winners.  I’m sure others are also doing live blogging so I’m not going to even try.   Go over here for the twitter updates, for instance.   (Margaret A. Edwards —Laurie Halse Anderson.)

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