Daily Archives: March 14, 2009

Shadow Country v. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – The Morning News

What the hell? I’m not a seasoned reader of young adult novels, and although I tended to find myself nodding along with parts of Caitlin Flanagan’s essay in December’s Atlantic, I don’t bear any involuntary grudges against the genre. YA, literary, crime, thriller—genres are merely marketing in the end. I want only to be engrossed in something well-made and complicated.

Go here to read the whole of Anthony Doerr‘s decision on the match between Peter Matthiessen’s Shadow Country and E. Lockhart’s  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks at The Tournament of Books and here to read the commentary and comments on that decision.  Till this year, all the contenders for TOB have been adult literary works, but this time they threw (and that probably is the operative word) a YA novel into the mix.


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Is it really and truly Shakespeare?

Funny-looking writers, at least funny-looking male writers, get famous late—Samuel Johnson and Sinclair Lewis and John Milton and Philip Larkin all come instantly to mind—or else they don’t get famous. They get read, but they don’t get celebrated. (The only exception is Alexander Pope, who got famous young and was a humpback dwarf, but he was so good that no one noticed, and anyway he looked fine from the neck up.)

Adam Gopnik: Look Here, Upon This Picture: The Book Bench: Online Only: The New Yorker

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Eric Carle Profile in the Guardian

Emma Brockes meets Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Books | The Guardian

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