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Archive for January, 2010

Fri, January 8th, 2010
Bag Ladies’ Tea Is No Mere Novelty
Posted by: Brad Hooper

As my English grandmother always used to say (she who taught my sister and me how to prepare the perfect pot of tea), a cuppa tea puts the world to right. Indeed it does. I begin my day with a cup (made in my English clay teapot) of Assam, Darjeeling, or Twinings English Breakfast–with milk […]


Thu, January 7th, 2010
Congratulations to Matt Phelan
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Great news for Matt Phelan, the creator of  The Storm in the Barn, Booklist’s Top of the List choice for youth fiction. His powerful graphic novel about life during The Dust Bowl has just been awarded the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award. Hear from Phelan himself in our just-published interview. And log on here to view our full list of […]


Thu, January 7th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Eating Animals
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

“Do books really need Hollywood-style trailers?” This was the recent demand of Slate’s Troy Patterson. Well, Patterson, let me end your suffering here and now. No. The answer is no. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about book trailers. But wait–Patterson has an issue with that, too. A consideration of the form […]


Tue, January 5th, 2010
A New National Ambassador
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

What wonderful news that Katherine Paterson is the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. While she doesn’t have the goofy grin or wise-cracking style of her predecessor, Jon Scieszka, her cred goes a long way, starting with the amazing Bridge to Terabithia and on to her most recent novel, Day of the Pelican. And […]


Tue, January 5th, 2010
Costa Category Winners Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Colm Toibin’s win in the Costa Awards’ novel category was summed up by The Guardian this way: …one of the most highly regarded Irish writers of his generation, loved by his readers and admired by his peers, but when it comes to major book prizes he is something of a bridesmaid. He so often nearly wins them […]


Mon, January 4th, 2010
Literary Adaptations: Tristram Shandy
Posted by: Keir Graff

I didn’t join the rest of the nation for holiday movie-going this year, but I did manage to sneak in a couple of DVDs amidst the eating, drinking, and general merriment. (Around my house, the merriment sounds exactly like two small boys quoting from The Adventures of Captain Underpants.) My favorite DVD was Tristram Shandy: A Cock […]





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