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Her Grandmama was gone, but she remembered the powerful words that she shared, "Baby!", she said, " Your words have power to create your reality so speak life, love and abundance. Speak well of others even when they don't speak well of you for in doing so, good will come back to YOU." And so, I speak life, love and abundance as often and as fast as I can creating my reality. Thank you Mama.

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27. SOL Tuesday

Write. Share. Give.

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28. Haven't I seen you someplace before? More covers of girls in red coats leaving


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29. Shalimar the Clown, the opera ?

       Yes, apparently the world premiere of an opera version of Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown -- music by Jack Perla, libretto by Rajiv Joseph -- will take place at the Opera Theatre of St.Louis 11 June.

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30. Educational vs. Trade

What are the differences between educational and trade publishers, and what do these mean to the author?


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31. Prize: Man Booker International Prize

       They've announced that the 2016 Man Booker International Prize goes to The Vegetarian (by Han Kang, and translated by Deborah Smith -- who share the ©50,000 winnings).

       (A reminder that the Man Booker International Prize used to be a biennial award that honored authors (whose work was written in, or widely available in, English) for their life's work, but that starting this year the Man Booker International Prize is what the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was (and replaces that award in its entirety) -- an annual award for best translated work published in the UK over the previous year (more or less -- the 'year'-eligibility was stretched for this go-round ...) except that there is now more money on offer (and they call it the 'Man Booker International Prize').)
       A worthy winner -- and there's still a chance this will be the first book to win both the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Man Booker International Prize and the Best Translated Book Award -- albeit in different years, as The Vegetarian, published in the US considerably after it was in the UK, will only be eligible for next year's BTBA award.

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32. Find Free Educational Resources on the First Book Marketplace

free resources

Where can you find free educational resources?

On the First Book Marketplace, of course!

You’ll find tips to encourage family engagement, resources for early childhood education, free subscriptions to online tools and programs and much more. For access, you’ll first need to sign up and log in.

Watch the video below to learn how to access, download and use these great free resources:


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33. Prizes: NSW Premier's Literary Awards

       They've announced the winners of this year's (Australian) NSW Premier's Literary Awards -- possibly even at the official site, but I can't make heads or tails (much less want to wade through) that user-unfriendliest of abominations.
       Fortunately, you can find the winners listed at the end of Susan Wyndham's coverage of the awards in the Sydney Morning Herald, titled and noting: Indigenous writers rise to the top of the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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34. Should We Allow Strangers into Our Homes?

     by Sally Matheny

Strangers in Our Homes
 If a stranger shows up at my front door, 9 times out of 10, I’m not letting him in. I may not even go to the door. I suppose I’ve listened to too many horror stories. Some were fictional. Some were real.

     Maybe you’re brave and open your door every time. The Bible does say,
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2(NIV)

     However, you could be like me. You listened to the school presentations on stranger danger. Crime stories in the news made an impression. Let’s not forget the numerous scriptures mentioning the necessity of posting guards.

     So, should we allow strangers into their homes?
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35. Tbilisi International Festival of Literature

       The Tbilisi International Festival of Literature runs through 21 May, and the programme looks pretty interesting. (I'd be particularly interested in the discussion on the 'Soviet Inheritance in Post-Soviet Literature; with Yurii Andrukhovych and Dmitry Bykov, among others.)
       See also the overview at Agenda.ge, Top authors in town for Tbilisi International Festival of Literature.

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36. Me in Madison, Wisconsin

This weekend I’ll be a Guest of Honour at WisCon in Madison Wisconsin. WisCon is the longest running feminist science fiction convention in the USA.

I used to be a regular attendee and always had an amazing time. This will be my first time back in ten years. Pretty cool to return as a Guest of Honour, eh? I’m thrilled. Disbelieving, but thrilled, and in such company: Nalo Hopkinson is one of the finest writers of science fiction and fantasy ever. Sofia Samatar is an astonishing new voice. Her debut novel was rapturously received.

In addition to my convention schedule I’ll be doing one event open to the public:

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 5:00pm to 6:45pm
WisCon Guest of Honour Reception and Reading
A Room Of One’s Own
315 W. Gorham Street,
Madison, Wisconsin
Nalo Hopkinson, Justine Larbalestier, Sofia Samatar

As well as my Guest of Honour duties of speechifying etc. I’ll be on the following panels:

Fri, 9:00–10:15 pm
Genre Blending
Whether it’s a steampunk fairytale or an end of the world love story between science and magic or a Hong Kong-style revenge space opera, stories are spilling over the edges of genre. When is it done well? What is left to explore?
M: Rebecca Holden. Alex Jennings, Justine Larbalestier, Loren Rhoads, Kristine Smith, Brooke Wonders

Sat, 10:00–11:15 am
AMA with GOHs
Have a question for Guests of Honor Sofia Samatar, Justine Larbalestier, or Nalo Hopkinson about writing craft, writing life, or their fiction? Come to this Ask Me Anything session with your questions!
M: K. Tempest Bradford. Nalo Hopkinson, Justine Larbalestier, Sofia Samatar

Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm
#KeepYAKind and Other Nice Tools of the Oppressor
There is always a point in the midst of heated Internet discussions where someone lifts their voice to make a call for Kindness, Niceness, Civility, or any other adjacent concept. These calls often go up when the issue at hand concerns an individual with privilege being called out by folks with significantly less privilege or cultural power. And Kind, Nice, and Civil become synonyms for Keep Your Mouth Shut. When this happens again, what tools can we use to dismantle this toxic dynamic and get back to the core matter? Are there secret code words we can deploy to neutralize the terms?
M: K. Tempest Bradford. Becky Allen, Betsy Haibel, Justine Larbalestier, Mark Oshiro

Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm
Science Fiction and Social Change
Many people believe science fiction/fantasy is escape from reality into made up worlds. But all sci fi is based and rooted in this world’s problems and issues, and will reflect those back. Often times mainstream science fiction reflects back visions of the future or alternative realities that reinforce systems of power. But throughout history science fiction has been used as a means of envisioning progressive new worlds, and has also been used by those organizing to transform power dynamics and create a more fair and equitable today, rooted in the experiences of those who have been marginalized and silenced historically. Come hear a panel of presenters discuss the ways science fiction is being used on the ground to create social change.
M: Jacquelyn Gill. Carlie Forsythe, Justine Larbalestier, Fred Schepartz, Sheree Renée Thomas

Sun, 10:00–11:15 am
Women Can Be Evil Too
Mikki Kendall and Justine Larbalestier discuss their research on women serial killers and psychopaths long thought to not exist.
M: Tanya D.. Mikki Kendall, Justine Larbalestier

Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm
GOH Kaeseklatsch: Justine Larbalestier
Come hang out with Guest of Honour Justine Larbalestier and talk about whatever comes to mind! In honour of Wisconsin, we will sample cheeses. Note: Since this is in a parlor room, it may get crowded and attendance may be limited. Sign up at the Registration desk to reserve a seat.

Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm
Women Writing SFF, All Around The World!
A reading recommendation panel! What books would be of interest to WisCon members? Whether Anglophone, in translation, or in different languages, from Indigenous to diaspora works, let’s share SFF we’ve read recently that encourages USian WisCon members to step out of our cultural bubbles.
M: Jaymee Goh. Jackie Hatton, Arrate Hidalgo, Emily Jiang, Justine Larbalestier

Sunday 4:00-5:15 PM
How Not To Think About Women Characters
Debbie Notkin, Becky Allen, Megan Arkenberg, Claire Humphrey, Justine Larbalestier
“She’s such a Mary Sue.” “She’s only there to serve the story of a male character.” “Her characterization is so inconsistent” or “She’s too flat to be interesting.” As consumers of media;even feminist consumers;we have a whole language at our disposal when we need to justify disinterest or dislike towards a woman character. But as often as these idioms are accurate criticisms of a work, they can also be ways to avoid actually talking about the character AS a character. Some questions to consider: Do the ways in which we critique women characters result in a denial of their agency? Is describing women characters as “inconsistently characterized” a way to avoid seeking out their motivations? Is being a “foil” or a parallel always a subordinate role?

Quite the schedule, eh? I’m especially excited about talking evil women with Mikki Kendall. But I reckon they’ll all be fun.

If you’re going to be at WisCon I look forward to seeing/meeting you. I’ll be at the big sign out on Monday and am happy to sign whatever you want. Well, almost anything.

See you soon, Madison! I’ve missed you!

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37. Prize: Joseph-Breitbach-Preis

       They've announced that the 2016 Joseph-Breitbach-Preis will be awarded to Reiner Stach, for his work in literary biography -- specifically, his three-volume Kafka biography, the final volume (covering Kafka's earliest years) of which is due out in English in November; see the Princeton University Press publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
       This prize has a pretty decent list of winners -- which includes W.G.Sebald (2000), Herta Müller (2003), and Jenny Erpenbeck (2013).
       Stach gets to pick his €50,000 up on 16 September.

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38. Lionsgate’s ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Knockoff Looks Even Worse Than It Sounds

"The Adventures of Panda Warrior" is actually a 2012 Chinese animated feature called "The Adventures of Jinbao."

The post Lionsgate’s ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Knockoff Looks Even Worse Than It Sounds appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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39. Writing in ... Singapore

       In The Straits Times Lee Jian Xuan reports at some length that Singapore's literary scene enjoying revival.

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40. Because toast!

Happy Overload, the upcoming Sparky Firepants coloring book spectacular is still in the works – but you can grab this cute-as-hell page and get it right now. Relieve some stress. Get your color on.


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41. 10 Problems Only Nearsighted People Understand

Rainbow PenDo you wear eyeglasses? Or maybe you need glasses, but you have a habit of “forgetting” to put them on? If you’re nearsighted, this one’s for you. Get ready to take a closer look at . . .

10 Problems Only Nearsighted People Understand

  1. Bangs + Glasses = Drama. The constant fight with your bangs and glasses leaves you with greasy hair, an itchy face, and no patience.
  2. Swimming without your glasses. If you lose sight of your friends at the pool, you might not find them again for an hour.
  3. Waking up and trying to find your glasses so you can see. It’s even worse at a sleepover!
  4. Before you got glasses, you never saw individual blades of grass or leaves on trees. Amazing.
  5. Forgetting your glasses in your desk at school. Again. 
  6. Squinting. Lots of it.
  7. The “3” looked like an “8.” It REALLY did.
  8. As hard as you try, you just can’t get those splotches off of your glasses from this morning’s hair stylizing.
  9. Protective sports goggles. Is there anything more awkward?
  10. You can’t wear your trendy headbands with your glasses. Noooooo!

And there you have it. Are you nearsighted? Share your dramas in the Comments below!


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42. Current Scratch: Join Us, Read!, Tips!, Truth!

Hi folks! This is late. Sorry! We have had a couple of people drop out of the Scratchpad, so it is now going to come once a month until we have more volunteers! Email me if you are interested in joining the team. I hope you are writing up a storm!

JOIN US! Our May 25 meeting focus will be the publishing journeys of two authors –- Shirley Nolan Amador and Sherry Garland. Join us at 10 a.m. in the back corner of the College Station Barnes & Noble.

Shirley Nolan Amador's first novel is Lotus (Amazon, Kindle, Nook, B&N -– 2016), the story of a young Chinese woman who arrives in America on the verge of becoming a mother. In a new land with no family other than her husband to help her, she must navigate her way through her new life as she is faced with losing not only her own dreams, but also her child as nature and evil threaten her world. Come learn how Shirley made the decision to change her character's age for the sake of the story

Sherry Garland's latest picture book is Voices of the Western Frontier (Pelican, 2016, illustrated by Julie Buckner), a wide-angled overview of the settling of the American West in first-person, free-verse poems. Sherry will talk about how she got started in children's publishing working with traditional publishers.

We'll also share member news and encouragement. For those who have time, a group usually goes to lunch together following the meeting.

For gentle critique of a work in progress, come early at 9:30 a.m. with copies of 5 double-spaced pages to share.

MAY 31 Webinar — wherever you are, 7-8:30 p.m. CDT
Webinar: Turning the Page with Words and Pictures featuring Author/Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka -- $10 for members; $35 for non-members

JUNE 20 in College Station

7 p.m. Social at Starbucks, Hwy. 6 at Rock Prairie Road.

JUNE 29 in College Station

Our June meeting will be a panel discussion on writing for the Christian publishing market. Join us in Barnes & Noble at 10 a.m. Click here for more details.


PIXAR's 22 Rules of Story Telling. Because they are doing something right. Courtesy of the tweets of Emma Coats, a former Pixar storyboard artist!

How to write dialogue! This is for most writing forms.  10 rules to make you a genius. 


 Disclaimer: The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

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43. Summer Is Nearly Upon Us: Part 5 of the Attack on Summer Reading

The summer season at our library is just about upon us.  The reading portion will begin June 1st and the heavy-programming begins June 13th.  Though we are busy getting the last pieces of our program’s structure into place for the launch next week, I’m not too busy to take a minute to rant (it comes quite naturally to me!)  You can consider this post, Part 5 of my Attack on Summer Reading series.   If you haven’t been following along with baited breath, the other posts are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

In April, I talked a bit about the information we gather through registration and reading tracking and what we do with it and don’t do with it.  Turns out, there are some helpful info-bits in there (shocker!)  My library director, who is totally supportive of our switch-up, really wanted us to find a way to track who’s participating all summer-long.  Fair enough.  That is helpful information to have.  But, as you know, I am hesitant (to say the least) to employ any type of registration, so how to do it?  I have been known to have moments of flexibility and we were able to come up with a compromise: kids/teens who get a LEGO to add to our sculpture when they tell us how much they’ve read, will also get a LEGO sticker (on which to write their name) and add to a silhouette/poster that will change each week.  Then, teen volunteers we can tally up who’s been coming all summer. Don’t worry, I see the potential for chaos, but I’m a risk-taker, so bring it on!  I understand that this whole approach may throw our staff into chaos, but I am lucky enough to work with a stellar staff who’s willing to try new things!

Here are some of my big fears questions about how this new approach is going to go:

  • will parents rebel against our no-prize approach and take their kids to the numerous other libraries in our county?
  • will fewer kids spend time reading and will that be a super bad thing?
  • will our ‘tantalize them with in-depth programming’ approach really pique their curiosity enough to cause them to pick up a book?
  • will our weekly camps be too much causing the staff to be totally depleted at the end of the summer?
  • will there be long waiting lists for our camps resulting in disgruntled parents?  (We are capping our camps at fairly small numbers for 2 reasons: we want to offer programs that got deep into a subject; and we want to provide substantial and meaningful exposure experiences which require a small librarian-to-child ratio).

So if I’m not hiding under my desk, you can rest assured I’ll keep the ALSC community posted the answers to the aforementioned questions and on how this whole thing goes, however, I’ll be at ALA next month (woohoo!) and will be blogging on how that whole thing goes!

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44. The Widow review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Georges Simenon's 1942 novel, The Widow -- one of his darker, non-Maigret titles, which New York Review Books re-issued a couple of years ago
       This was made into a film in 1971, with some pretty good casting: it starred Alain Delon and Simone Signoret.

       In his Introduction to the NYRB edition, Paul Theroux notes that Simenon was confident of winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, and: "predicted in 1937 that he would win it within ten years" -- and that he was outraged that "that asshole" Camus got it (in 1957) before he did. Simenon as Nobel laureate may sound unlikely but he was indeed -- regularly -- nominated for the prize (albeit only starting in 1958 -- the year after Camus' win). [Recall that you have to be in it -- nominated -- to win it: Proust, Kafka, Joyce, and many others never were.] The records are only open to 1965 so far (they're only opened fifty years after the fact), but Simenon already managed seven nominations by then; given that he only died in 1989, it's distinctly possible that he eventually was nominated more often than Camus (eleven times, in seven different years).
       It's still unclear whether he was ever a serious contender, but the nominations -- including multiple ones in 1958 (three -- or were they all just reacting to the Camus win ?) and 1961 (two) -- suggest quite a few folks thought he should be.

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45. This is the Story of You: Beth Kephart

Each Beth Kephart book which sails onto the shelf is like polished sea glass refracting the light of truth. This is the Story of You is a poetic rendering of loss and isolation after an epic storm. Mira is asked if she is strong enough to stand on her small, destroyed island and help the community that has shaped her every heartbeat. With her mother and brother off-island, she finds her family is broader than she ever expected.

Find the work, readergirlz, and listen to Beth's love of the sea. Draw your mind in directions unexpected, and finish the last page with the sound of the ocean and one girl's resilience shoring you up in your own story of you.

This is the Story of You
by Beth Kephart
Chronicle Books, 2016

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46. The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction in the UK

       My book, The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction came out in the US last month, and today is apparently the offical UK (and beyond ...) publication date -- so if you haven't pre-ordered or gotten your copy yet, you can now easily from Amazon.co.uk and the like (and, of course, you can get your copy in the US, too, from your local bookseller, or Amazon.com, etc. ...).

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47. draw it! colour it! beasts

A whole bunch of us have a new activity/colouring book coming out on 8 Sept, Draw It! Colour It! Beasts! Here's my two pages in it:

You can pre-order it on lots of book websites or you can buy our first book now, Draw It! Colour It! Creatures. It's fun being included with so many other amazing illustrators.

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48. It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5-23-16

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers. Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews!

I'm writing this in bed tonight, stretching far around my belly to reach the keys. In a few hours baby #2's due date will arrive. I am going to fall asleep tonight with positive vibes focused around his arrival tomorrow! There have been a few "signs" that the time is upon us. Like a car at my husband's work today with the baby's name on the license plate (that's a pretty solid one), my almost 2 year old giving the "baby" three kisses before bed (does NOT happen every night) and finally, my best friend, and delivery room champion, texting me just now to say her work schedule miraculously cleared up for tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

And, if no such luck, at least I'm in the middle of a good book.

Books I Read this Week:

Ms. Bixby's Last Day
by John David Anderson
Walden Pond Press, 2016
Realistic Fiction
320 pages
Recommended for grades 4-7

I am delighted to be a part of this book's blog tour next month. I will save my thoughts until then, but I will say this much: If you have a special educator in your life, send this book to them as a thank you. 
More to come on this one!

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe
by Tricia Springstubb
illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (She illustrated one of the best books ever: Dollbones!)
Candlewick Press, 2016
Realistic Fiction
144 pages
Recommended for grades 2-4

I missed out on the first book, Cody and the Fountain of Happiness, so thank goodness this one came my way! I doubt you could read this book and not fall in love with Cody. She is loyal, thoughtful, blundering and real. I would highly recommend this new series to grades 2-4. I am always on the lookout for books that will interest my striving fourth grade readers. The short length, interesting story, supporting illustrations, and great white space on the pages will make this book appealing to readers. I will be adding this (and the first) to my classroom library!

 I'm Currently Reading (and loving):

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49. ZIBF preparations

       The Zimbabwe International Book Fair runs 27 to 30 July this year, and in The Herald they're suggesting It's time to revamp ZIBF.
       There's much reveling in what once was -- "ZIBF used to be one of the prestigious events on the local arts calendar and many renowned figures in the world of literature visited the country to attend the fair" -- but things haven't been going quite so well in recent years, as: "strategies to make the fete attractive seem to evade custodians of the event". A shame.

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50. Welcome, Madilyne Jane

I left Greencastle, Indiana, on Monday at 4:45 p.m. I completed the 18-hour drive, along scenic, un-trafficked Route 36, by 5:15 p.m. the next day, spending the night in Hannibal, Missouri, but taking no time to wander in Tom Sawyer's footsteps along the banks of the Mississippi. I was a woman with a mission: to get home in time to welcome my new little grandbaby into the world.

And I did.

Madilyne Jane Wahl was born on Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m.: 8 pounds, 8 ounces. I wasn't in the hospital room for her birth via Cesarean section because I was home taking care of now-big-sister Kataleya. Later that afternoon we met "baby sister" for the first time.

For the next three days I was Nanny Mimsie as Madilyne's parents were busy with her at the hospital. I did my best to give Kataleya a good time while we eagerly awaited Madi's arrival home on Saturday. (The photos are sideways, alas, for some unaccountable reason, and impossible to fix on Google Blogger, but if you turn your head you can see her sweet little self.)

We went to the park.

She rode the bus for the first time, to the university library, for me to get some books.
Finally, Baby Sister came home!
I'm so grateful this photo is posting right-side-up. If Madilyne Jane isn't Little Miss Huggable, I don't know who is. Welcome to the world, darling little girl. Mimsie loves you already.

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