Sunday, October 26, 2014

TOMBOY by Liz Prince

Liz Prince talks as part of a panel on her new graphic memoir TOMBOY.

This book takes a look at fitting in during her preteen and teen years and remaining true to herself even years later. 



Liz Prince Talks TOMBOY

How she started -
I came into prominence in the comic scene with books that are comprised of short, autobio gag comics, and those are something that are fairly easy for me to make; that doesn’t mean that they are worthless, they  make a lot of people, and myself, very happy, but they are instant gratification for me as an artist.  I can draw a short comic about my cats and post it online immediately and get some likes and “LOLs” and call it a day.  These are the things that my fans have seen over the years.  But behind the scenes, I had a few false starts on some larger projects.

Why she did this book -
I drew this book because I was actively courted by the publisher, who was looking for non-fiction graphic novels by women.  Other publishers have invited me to pitch a project to them before, but none had come to me saying that they really really wanted one.  It took me about a year to have a project worth pitching: Zest Books is a teen/young adult publisher, and none of my other ideas for books would have worked for them, so it wasn’t easy for me to come up with a concept that I felt excited to work on, that would also fit the audience.  And before I was confident in pitching this project, I had to be sure that I could actually fill a book with it.  Tomboy is my story of growing up with gender identity issues.  For the first half of my life I wanted to be a boy; this book deals with the reasons why, and the reactions to, my staunch refusal of being a girl.  Before I pitched the book, I did an outline of what episodes I would discuss, and how long I felt the book would be.  I guessed around 150 pages.  I was presented a contract which gave me less than a year to complete the book; I signed in June 2013, the finished book was due March 15th, 2014.  I was someone who had never successfully completed a graphic novel before, and I just jumped into an agreement that would have me completing one in about 9 months.


How she feels about the book -
It ended up being more personal, and more about gender politics than I imagined it would.  I know that people will feel very strongly about this book, both in a positive way, and in a negative way, but I take solace in knowing that both reactions will spark discussion on what gender should mean, and what it shouldn’t.  I’ll put myself on the chopping block as a sacrificial lamb, if it can help us move forward, as a culture who can eschew gender stereotypes.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ivy and Bean Take Over New York!

IVY AND BEAN OCTOBER 18-NOV 9 


IVY + BEAN, THE MUSICAL
book, lyrics & music by SCOTT ELMEGREEN
based on the books by ANNIE BARROWS
illustrated by SOPHIE BLACKALL
directed by ALISON BEATTY
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am
1 hour, no intermission. Best for ages 4 and up.

Based on The New York Times best-selling children’s book series by author Annie Barrows
 and Illustrator Sophie Blackall, Ivy + Bean, The Musical is the story of an unexpected friendship 
between two very different second graders. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy 
knew they would never like each other. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas.
 But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, and needs a place to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue. 
When the two become a team, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn—along with lessons 
to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Can Second Graders Appreciate a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal?


Check out these second graders at Daniel!







Rise and Shine

Americans tend to lack imagination when it comes to breakfast. The vast majority of us, surveys say, start our days with cold cereal — and those of us with children are more likely to buy the kinds with the most sugar. Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.

Here is one highlight from the article-

Tiago Bueno Young, 3 years old, São Paulo, Brazil
Tiago likes chocolate milk and often wakes up asking for it, but sometimes even that is hard to get excited about at 7 on a weekday morning when his mother, Fabiana, has already left for work and he still has to get ready for kindergarten. Cold cereal is the favored breakfast food of the three Young sons. Here, Tiago, the middle child, sits before cornflakes, banana cake and bisnaguinha, a sweet white bread popular with Brazilian children and served with a mild cream cheese called requeijão.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More School Librarians For New York City!

State ed chief rules city must put more librarians in middle and high schools



King said he was “troubled” by the number of city schools that don’t have librarians on staff, a violation of state regulations. In a regulatory decision he issued to the city and union lawyers representing librarians last week, King ordered the city to begin following the rules immediately.

On Monday, Department of Education spokeswoman Devora Kaye declined to say what the city’s next steps would be or whether the city would commit to staffing the librarian positions. She also would not say if the city agreed with the decision that schools should staff more librarians.


Hopefully, they will fix this and elementary school requirements will be added.  As they say, If it is not required it won't be done! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bulk of Sendak Collection Leaving Rosenbach


The Sendak trustees have served notice that they are exercising an option in a 1969 agreement between the author and the Rosenbach to reclaim all items owned by the estate - 98 percent of the Sendak collection housed at the Rosenbach. Sendak items will begin the migration to Connecticut in October in a process that may continue through the end of the year, said Rosenbach director Derick Dreher.

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Please Don't Feed The Pigeons!


 I don't think Mo Willems pigeon would be a fan of this sign located all over a parking lot in Jackson Heights, New York. However, he might just walk right past it to visit this bakery steps from the sign.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS Q and A with Jessica Verday



UPDATE THE WINNERS ARE BN100 and JVB.  Thank you to all who entered!



Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband.  You can visit her online at www.jessicaverday.com.  She was happy to take some time to answer questions about her new book Of Monsters and Madness.







Q&A - OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS (I asked the questions in red).  

1.      I really enjoyed your book Of Monsters and Madness.  How did you come up with this title? - I’m so glad you enjoyed OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS! I’m not really sure where the idea for this title came from. I was thinking one day about the book overall, and how it was sort of a mash up of mad scientists mixed with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and that made me think of monsters. Then the title just kind of popped into my mind. Originally, EDGAR & ALLAN was the title when I wrote the book, but it was changed after I had a discussion with my publishing team and we agreed that the title drew too much attention away from Annabel, our leading lady.

2.       Why did you choose Edgar Allan Poe’s writing to connect with your ideas for this book?  Do have a personal connection to any of his stories? - Like a lot of people, I grew up reading Poe and would be hard pressed to name just one or two stories that were my favorites, but I was always particularly drawn to Annabel Lee. The funny thing is that when I first had the idea for this book I was imagining what would happen if Edgar Allan Poe had been inspired by real life events to use as fodder for his dark stories. Once I had that idea, the connection to Annabel Lee came from there.

3.       There are lots of unexpected moments in the book and surprise turns.  Is there one part that you enjoyed writing the most? - I really enjoyed writing the medical scenes that took place in Father’s basement laboratory. They took me really far out of my comfort zone and I’m quite proud that I was able to write them. (Usually, I’m so squeamish that just the sight of blood makes me feel queasy!) But there was something uniquely fascinating about watching these scenes unfold.

4.       Is there any hidden meaning behind Annabel wearing the scarf?Ahh, very astute of you to pick up on this. There most definitely is a hidden meaning to Annabel wearing the scarf and while you see the reason why she wears the scarf at the end of this book, book two reveals even more!

5.       I read you write all your books by hand using lots of notebooks and pens.  Did you also write Of Monsters and Madness by hand?  How many notebooks and pens did it take?  Do you then type the whole thing? - OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS was initially started in a notebook, and then I switched to a computer as my deadline drew closer. I only used one notebook and three pens.

6.       Do you want to share any ideas that you are developing for the sequel? - The sequel (tentatively titled OF PHANTOMS AND FURY) picks up where book one left off, and introduces another fantastic literary character -- Dorian Gray. Not only does he have quite the impact on Annabel’s life, but she learns more about her background and who she truly is. Book two was a really exciting book to write and I hope you like it as much as OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS.

7.       Are there any other literature characters or authors you would like use in future stories? - I do have one famous author in mind that I’m working on a story for, but I can’t give it away just yet... I’m always on the lookout for interesting stories that can be retold or famous people to write about. I keep a running list of future stories to tell.There are so many to choose from!

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 Check out the review stops all next week!




Monday, September 08, 2014
Book Briefs
Guest post and giveaway
Bookaholics Ananymous Online
Review and giveaway
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Mundie Moms
Review and giveaway
The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Guest post and giveaway
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Live to ReadGiveaway only
Jump Into Books
Review and Giveaway
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Miss O’s Library Land
Q&A and giveaway
Write All the Words
Guest post for Banned Books Month
Friday, September 12, 2014
Pamela Thompson’s Blog
Guest post and giveaways
The Book Beacon
Review and giveaway
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Curling Up with a Good Book
Q&A and giveaway
The Children’s Book Review
Guest post and giveaway
Sunday, September 14, 2014
A Backwards Story
Review and giveaway

Monday, September 15, 2014
Pinky’s Favorite Reads
Q&A and giveaway

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Grandparents Day - September 7, 2014

This Sunday is Grandparents Day.   

"The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day"


This year you might need to celebrate again in early October with the release of a new title Grandma and her Chocolate Labrador by P.J. Fischer.   In this touching story, Grandma's family moves away and she misses them dearly.   She takes a visit to the attic to relive her childhood memories.  In the attic, Grandma tries playing with a number of different things, but something still seems missing.  Then Grandma thinks to herself, "I just miss my old dog Buddy".   Grandma thinks to herself  she is too old for a new dog,  However, her neighbor has a special surprise for her and Grandma gets a new friend.  As the saying goes, "dog is man's best friend" or in this story "dog is grandma's best friend".  

Look for this title in early October from Minted Prose publishing.  Make sure you celebrate by reading a special story with your grandparent on Sunday!