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1. Shoo, fly

It seems that the insect-of-the-moment is… the fly (and I don’t know why; maybe butterflies were too pretty). Here are five recent books starring those pests, plus reviews of a few more favorites below. Could that Old Lady who swallowed one have been on to something?

doodler_superfly  edwards_fly  heos_ifly    jonsson_astrid
Super Fly: The World’s Smallest Superhero! by Todd H. Doodler (Bloomsbury, May 2015)
Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards (Knopf, March 2015)
I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are by Bridget Heos; illus. by Jennifer Plecas (Holt, March 2015)
The Fly by Petr Horáček (Candlewick, May 2015)
Astrid the Fly by Maria Jönsson (Holiday, May 2015)

arnold_petArnold, Tedd A Pet for Fly Guy
32 pp. Scholastic/Orchard 2014. ISBN 978-0-545-31615-6

(3) K-3 In his first picture book outing, easy-reader star Fly Guy wants his own pet. He and (boy) Buzz are excited, then frustrated, then disappointed when each choice (dog, frog, worm) is unsuitable. The two realize that Fly Guy needs “a pet with a cool name.” Buzz? “YEZZ! BUZZ!” Arnold’s lively illustrations make the most of the characters’ special friendship; the final page is especially satisfying.

cronin_Diary of a fly book coverCronin, Doreen Diary of a Fly
40 pp. HarperCollins/Cotler 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-000156-8
Library binding ISBN 978-0-06-000157-5

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Harry Bliss. Like Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider, this book relays real-life information through Cronin’s impeccable comedic timing in a way that makes the facts memorable. Bliss’s illustrations, including additional pictures on the endpapers, incorporate many witty details. The short sentences and visual jokes make this a great selection for listeners and new readers alike.

gravel_flyGravel, Elise The Fly
32 pp. Tundra 2014. ISBN 978-1-77049-636-1
Ebook ISBN 978-1-77049-638-5

(3) K-3 Disgusting Critters series. This humorous, informative volume gives basic facts about the title creature. Cartoon illustrations and speech-bubble text play up the kid-friendly silliness: “The housefly is a member of the Muscidae family. Mom Muscidae, Dad Muscidae…Teenager Muscidae: ‘Yo!'” The familiar subject and friendly presentation give this book broad appeal.

howitt_flyHowitt, Mary The Spider and the Fly
40 pp. Simon 2010. ISBN 978-1-4424-1664-2

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. New ed., 2002. Inspired by Gorey, Addams, and film noir, DiTerlizzi spins his own stylish version of Howitt’s cautionary 1829 poem. As a debonair spider lures a doe-eyed fly to his lair, ghosts of the spider’s prey flit about. Black-and-white illustrations with a silvery sheen capture the dance with cinematic flair. This paper-over-board edition of the Caldecott Honor Book is notable for its bargain price.

mack_frog-and-flyMack, Jeff Frog and Fly: Six Slurpy Stories
40 pp. Philomel 2012. ISBN 978-0-399-25617-2

(3) PS It’s survival of the cleverest in these six short stories. Laid out in easy-to-read comic-book panels, the simple text focuses on several scenarios between a fly and the hungry frog that wants to slurp him up. Just when you think the fly is doomed every time, the frog gets his comeuppance in the final story and readers get a good laugh. Multi-media cartoons amusingly depict the conflicts.

reynolds_bighairydramaReynolds, Aaron Big Hairy Drama
128 pp. Holt 2010. ISBN 978-0-8050-8243-2
Paperback ISBN 978-0-8050-9110-6

(3) 1-3 Illustrated by Neil Numberman. Joey Fly, Private Eye series. In his second graphic novel, private investigator Joey Fly looks into another crime in the “bug city.” Butterfly actress Greta Divawing has disappeared on the eve of her opening-night performance of Bugliacci; the suspects are other members of the cast. Varied cartoon-panel illustrations feature details of bug life that add interest and humor to the mystery.

rosen_tinylittleflyRosen, Michael Tiny Little Fly
32 pp. Candlewick 2010. ISBN 978-0-7636-4681-3

(2) PS Illustrated by Kevin Waldron. “Tiny Little Fly / sees great big toes… / Tiny Little Fly / sits on Elephant’s nose.” Fly first bugs–then escapes from–Elephant, Hippo, and Tiger, even when they unite. In Waldron’s arresting digitally enhanced gouache and pencil illustrations, bold lines and a vivid palette command attention. With a pesky antihero and catchy repetitive verse, the story will captivate listeners.

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3. The Polar Bear Scientists

The Polar Bear Scientists. Peter Lourie. 2012/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Curious about polar bears? Especially polar bears in the wild? Have an interest in science? Curious about what it is a scientist actually does day to day? Peter Lourie's The Polar Bear Scientist is a reader-friendly book giving readers a behind-the-scene look at several scientists who study polar bears--who have spent most of their lives studying polar bears.

I loved the photographs I did. Yes, the book is packed with information, but, it was the photographs themselves that held my interest. Personally, I found the layout to be a bit difficult on the eyes. Some pages were black text on top of light photographs--snow mainly--but, plenty were white text on a black background. Not every reader will mind this, but, it was hard on my eyes and probably kept me from fully engaging with this one. 

Polar Bear Scientists is one of the books in the Scientists in the Fields series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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4. बहस बनाम ऊंगली उठाना

 

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बहस बनाम ऊंगली उठाना

न्यूज चैनल कोई भी हो co called ज्ञानी, प्रबुद, नेता व अन्य अक्सर बहस के दौरान ऊंगली उठाए मिल जाते हैं .. अरे ??? क्या क्लास लग रही है क्या ?? कल तो एक चैनल पर चारों आमंत्रित मेहमान ऊंगली उठाए रहे और एंकर अपना ही बोले जा रहा था. और अगर ये सोच रहे  हो कि ऊंगली उठा कर एक समझदार सभ्य बच्चे की तरह छवि बन जाएगी तो क्षमा करें ..

जिस तरह से आप लोग चैनल पर तू तू मैं मैं करते हैं वो जग जाहिर है…फिर फिर ये उंगली का नाटक बंद करके सीधा मुद्दे और आईए और ढंग से बात कीजिए पर ऊंगली उठा कर मजाक का पात्र न बनिए.. अपनी गरिमा दिखाईए … !!!

 

 

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5. Ben Mezrich on Picking Stories to Focus On

How does a nonfiction author figure out what to write about? Recently, Ben Mezrich revealed his selection criteria during a talk he gave at Google. He feels most drawn to stories that feature ambition, intelligence, and people who “game the system” to be intriguing.

Mezrich also makes it a rule to “never start a book if I don’t think there can be a movie. Because I feel like if it can’t be a movie, it’s probably not going to be a good book.”

The video embedded above features his entire talk. In the past, Mezrich has written books on a diverse range of topics such as college students counting cards in Las Vegas, the founding fathers of Facebook, and a trio of moon rock thieves. Recently, he studied how a group of Russian oligarchs climbed up and came into power.

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6. Giveaway: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch (US & Canada Only)

DAMAGE DONE

by Amanda Panitch

Release Date: 7/21/2015

 

 

About the Book


Family can be a real killer. DAMAGE DONE is a gripping YA debut about a girl trying to escape the past. In this deliciously disturbing, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller, the truth hurts.

Before the incident, Julia Vann had a twin brother. After, she has a new identity in a new town and a memory of that terrible day that refuses to come into focus.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to start again. And she’s stumbled onto the radar of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. Lucy’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. But when someone from her past starts asking questions and threatening to tell all, she’s forced to confront the terrors—and the dark secrets—she thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author

AMANDA PANITCH grew up next to an amusement park in New Jersey and went to college next to the White House in Washington, DC. She now resides in New York City where she works in book publishing by day, writes by night, and lives under constant threat of being crushed beneath giant stacks of books. Visit Amanda online at amandapanitch.com and follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch.

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Two winners will each receive a copy of Damage Done. US & Canada only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What do you think of the cover & synopsis?

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7. Local Writers Conferences


University Center: Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri July 10-11.

White County Creative Writers 20th Annual Writers' Conference September 5th, www.whitecountycreativewriters.org

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8. From the Editor – July 2015

Roger_EdBriant_191x300I’m just back from ALA in San Francisco (conveniently also home to my two adorable grandchildren), where the term I kept hearing throughout the exhibit halls was narrative nonfiction (last year it was bullying). As is so often true of these trends, the term meant different things to different people, with definitions ranging from “like Steve Sheinkin” to “informational books with a beginning, middle, and end” to “Core Standards–ready with a story besides.” Me, I just kept thinking of Henrik Van Loon’s The Story of Mankind, but I suppose reinvention is what keeps us young!

Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922, too early for us to have included his acceptance speech in the Horn Book Magazine‘s pages. But this year’s winner’s speech (by Kwame Alexander, along with those for the Caldecott, Wilder, and Coretta Scott King awards) are all in our current July/August issue, itself graced with a cover created by 2015 Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat. I think it’s quite one of the most spectacular issues we’ve published; go here for information about how to get a copy for yourself.

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9. Former Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott to Collaborate On a Book

BloomsburyTom Daschle, the former Senator of South Dakota (democrat), and Trent Lott, the former Senator of Mississippi (republican), have joined forces. The two politicians plan to collaborate on a book entitled Crisis Point: Why We Must—and How We Can—Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.

Anton Mueller, an executive editor at Bloomsbury, negotiated the terms of this deal. The publishing house has scheduled the release date for January 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “In their book, the senators argue that the health of our democracy is dependent not only on the free exchange of conflicting ideas, but on the imperative of compromise. Compromise is not, as many would have it today, an indication of weakness; rather, it requires superior leadership, vision, and courage. The senators also offer practical recommendations to address the many other factors that exacerbate partisanship.”

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10. Amazon to Run ‘Prime Day’ Sale

Amazon turns 20 next week and to celebrate, the online retail giant is running a Prime Day sale on July 15.

The promotion, which Amazon promises to offer “more deals than Black Friday” is available exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria.

The effort, a push to support the company’s Prime business, will feature Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day and of course, free shipping. Amazon hasn’t revealed the products that will be featured as of yet, but according to the site the sale will feature deals on “electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more.”

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11. Nora Cooper Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you deal with difficult moments? Writer Nora Cooper has crafted a poem called I Won’t Write Your Obituary.

The video embedded above features Cooper’s performance at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Thus far, this emotional piece has drawn more than 63,000 views on YouTube.

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12. SHARP by Gila

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Submitted by Gila for the Illustration Friday topic SHARP.

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13. A is for Annual

Banners in the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library welcomed more than 20,000 conference attendees

Banners in the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library welcomed more than 20,000 conference attendees

What a conference!

ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference was full of more energy, enthusiasm, equality, and engagement than any I’ve ever witnessed, and whether you were one of the tens of thousands attending in San Francisco, were following from elsewhere in the world on social media (#alaac15 & #alaleftbehind), or are just now taking a quick breather from summer reading to catch up here on the ALSC Blog, I hope you can see that the future of library service to children is an exciting one!

A bird’s eye view of San Francisco’s Moscone Center and its rainbow flags, home base of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

A bird’s eye view of San Francisco’s Moscone Center and its rainbow flags, home base of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

In addition to learning and connecting, Annual is also a time of business when Board, staff, committees, and task forces work hard to move our association forward. There are two ALSC Board meetings at Annual and you can peruse the Board’s documents here and find updates on Twitter (#alscboard).

I’d like to bring you up to speed, as well. FYI, this past week, the ALSC Board:

  • Considered a report from the Evolving Carnegie Task Force, which was charged with investigating the opportunities for evolving the Carnegie Medal from an award recognizing what was an evolving format at the time of its establishment a quarter of a century ago (videos) to current evolving formats and/or those who are doing great work with them. The next step is having further conversations with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, our partner in the support of this award.
  • Heard from the chair of the Diversity within ALSC Task Force, Jos Holman, about their early work “to thoroughly examine diversity within all areas of ALSC such as membership, recruitment, award committees, and leadership and to recommend short-term and long-term strategies for developing richer diversity within the association.”
  • Partnered with the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee (CSK) to pilot the expansion of ALSC’s Bill Morris Seminar in 2016 to include CSK members.
  • Adjusted the expanded definitions in the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal committee manual to clarify the importance and eligibility of illustrated, graphic, and primary source materials in consideration of the Sibert award.
  • Gave a collective thumbs-up to the Program Coordinating Committee’s great slate of proposed programs for next year’s Annual Conference in Orlando. (You won’t want to miss it June 23-28, 2016!)
  • Approved ALSC’s healthy fiscal year 2016 budget, as recommended by the Budget Committee, with some exciting growth opportunities which you’ll be hearing about over the next couple of months.
  • Wrapped up, together with the Organization & Bylaws Committee, the expansion of some committees to include co-chairs with overlapping terms to foster communication and continuity.
  • Reviewed and discussed the Education Committee’s proposed scheduled revision of ALSC’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries; the final update will be available soon.

Thank you to all of our committees and task forces who work so diligently during and between conferences, as this work is truly where the rubber meets the road in achieving ALSC’s strategic goals of Advocacy, Education and Access to Library Services. Special gratitude is due to Local Arrangements Committee chair Christy Estrovitz and her entire team for all of their incredible work making ALSC members feel welcome in the Bay Area!

Then, as the sun began to set on the Bay and on Annual, it was time to bid farewell to Immediate Past President Starr LaTronica and other departing Board members Lisa Von Drasek, Rita Auerbach, Jamie Campbell Naidoo, and Michael Santangelo, and to welcome Vice President/President-Elect Betsy Orsburn and new Board members Jenna Nemec-Loise, Christine Caputo, Vicky Smith, and Mary Voors to the table. And, as I was honored to pick up the gavel as ALSC President for 2015-16, I look forward to hearing from you with any questions or ideas at andrewalsc@outlook.com.

Past President Starr LaTronica, Immediate Past President Ellen Riordan, and President Andrew Medlar at the ALA Inaugural Brunch on June 30, 2015

Past President Starr LaTronica, Immediate Past President Ellen Riordan, and President Andrew Medlar at the ALA Inaugural Brunch on June 30, 2015

 (All photos courtesy Andrew Medlar)

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14. Ben Mezrich On Picking Stories to Tell

How does a nonfiction author figure out what to write about? Recently, Ben Mezrich revealed his selection criteria during a talk he gave at Google. He feels most drawn to stories that feature ambition, intelligence, and people who “game the system” to be intriguing.

Mezrich also makes it a rule to “never start a book if I don’t think there can be a movie. Because I feel like if it can’t be a movie, it’s probably not going to be a good book.”

The video embedded above features his entire talk. In the past, Mezrich has written books on a diverse range of topics such as college students counting cards in Las Vegas, the founding fathers of Facebook, and a trio of moon rock thieves. Recently, he studied how a group of Russian oligarchs climbed up and came into power.

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15. A formatting primer

I received submissions formatted every whichaway, and that's okay. Writers should use whatever formatting--font, spacing, page size, whatever--they like best for working onscreen. But when it comes to submitting to agents and publishers, they have certain expectations, if not requirements.

One of the things they frequently require is 12-point type, and a serif font is generally preferred. A serif font is like the one on this page. Sans serif is like the Ariel font that is so common, like this.

I recommend using Times New Roman, although there are many others that are acceptable. The simple reason why is that it is a narrow font, designed for narrow newspaper columns, and that means you'll get more of your precious words on a page. If an agent only gives a page or two a scan before accepting or rejecting, it's a plus to have as much narrative on those pages as possible.

In Word 2010, the one I use, there's a "ribbon" at the top with tabs. In the Home tab you can set the font for your document. The dialogue box should look like this:

Word ribbon-font

Paragraphs and spacing:

Double spacing between lines is the standard for editors and agents. Other industry expectations include a 1/2-inch indentation for the first line of each paragraph. That can be done with the tab key, but it's better to build it in to your paragraph format, and that reduces the number of key strokes. When I design a book one of the first things I often have to do is remove all the tabs. I should include that the standard page size is "letter," in the US that's 8.5" x 11".

I see a lot of writers who use no paragraph indents and put extra spaces between paragraphs as well. While that's typical formatting for email text and web pages, it's not best practice for manuscript submission. Indented paragraphs with no extra space between is the standard.

To set your paragraph style, click on the little arrow in the paragraph section in the Home tab:

Word ribbon

You'll get a dialogue box. Here are the settings for manuscript formatting.

Paragraph dialogue box

Now all you have to do is write a hulluva story.

For what it's worth,

Ray

© 2015 Ray Rhamey

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16. Yay for Le Tour De France being on!



Yay for Le Tour De France being on!



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17. BYSTANDER Selected for Kindle Monthly Deal Promotion This July — Only $2.99 (Cheap)!

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9780312547967Good news for fans of BYSTANDER, or for those potential readers who have only, say,  three bucks worth of curiosity about the book. Now’s your chance! The Kindle version of my novel has been selected by Amazon for its monthly special promotion. And no, I don’t know exactly what that means either, because I’m a book-book kind of person. Old face, old school, that’s me. I suppose you can upload the book to your gadget-thingy-whatchamacallit real cheap.

That’s a good thing, right?

Wait a minute, what’s eight percent of $2.99?

Oh well.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to support your local, independent, brick-and-mortar bookstores. Our communities need ‘em, our world needs ‘em.

Here’s some old, dusty reviews for the discriminating reader . . .

“Preller has perfectly nailed the middle school milieu, and his characters are well developed with authentic voices. The novel has a parablelike quality, steeped in a moral lesson, yet not ploddingly didactic. The action moves quickly, keeping readers engaged. The ending is realistic: there’s no strong resolution, no punishment or forgiveness. Focusing on the large majority of young people who stand by mutely and therefore complicitly, this must-read book is a great discussion starter that pairs well with a Holocaust unit.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Bullying is a topic that never lacks for interest, and here Preller concentrates on the kids who try to ignore or accommodate a bully to keep themselves safe. For Eric to do the right thing is neither easy nor what he first wants to do, and the way he finds support among his classmates is shown in logical and believable small steps. Eminently discussable as a middle-school read-aloud, [with] appeal across gender lines.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Preller displays a keen awareness of the complicated and often-conflicting instincts to fit in, find friends, and do the right thing. Although there are no pat answers, the message (that a bystander is hardly better than an instigator) is clear, and Preller’s well-shaped characters, strong writing, and realistic treatment of middle-school life deliver it cleanly.”—Booklist

“Plenty of kids will see themselves in these pages, making for painful, if important, reading.”—Publishers Weekly

“An easy pick for middle school classroom and school libraries, this book is a worthy addition to collections focused on bullying and larger public libraries, especially those with an active younger teen population.”—VOYA

 

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18. Cover Revealed for New Emil Ostrovski Book

Away We Go Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Emil Ostrovski’s young adult novel, Away We Go. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to EpicReads.com, Tim Smith served as the designer for this project. This book will be published on February 02, 2016.

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19. ‘Quoth the Raven’ by Laurent Lichou

A personal project, loosely based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe "The Raven."

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20. SDCC Week: Monday

My calendar this week makes me laugh. A perfect representation of the many disparate segments of my life. Today: Full slate of appointments at the children’s hospital. Tomorrow: Frantic cranking-away at my novel revision. Wed-Sunday: SDCC madness. And somewhere in there I need to find time for a Damn Interesting article edit and a grantwriting assignment. And will MAKE time to start the new Sketchbook Skool “Playing” course with the kids. Because priorities.

I haven’t yet done my usual scouring of the SDCC schedule to see which panels I’d like to hit. Er, attempt to hit—the con has a way of swallowing up intentions with spontaneous developments, which of course is part of the fun. As always, the part I’m most looking forward to is the reconnecting with faraway friends: the lunches, the dinners, the late nights chatting over drinks.

Jenni & me at Wondercon 2011

annual lunch with jock 2014

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Scott and Gene 2013

Jenni and Jonathan 2010

Scott and Chris 2014

hanging with the GeekMoms 2011

Dinner with Raina 2011

Meeting Ozma at Winkiecon 2014

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21. Trailer Unveiled For Charlotte’s Web eBook

Earlier this year, HarperCollins Children’s Books announced that three E.B. White novels will be published as eBooks for the first time: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. The company has created a book trailer for the digital edition of Charlotte’s Web.

The video embedded above features a young reader, a cute pig, and a special message crafted with spider web. Earlier this year, the team at BBC.com conducted a survey and found that Charlotte’s Web was voted the most popular children’s book of all time.

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22. The Disney Animation Recruitment Website

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If you’ve ever wanted to work for Disney, well head on over to this “official website for Disney Television Animation talent and recruitment”. You can use it to view and even apply for a variety of artistic and production-related projects.

Visit the Disney Recruitment site here >>

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23. GKIDS Will Bring ‘Phantom Boy’ to North America

The follow-up fantasy-noir thriller from the makers of "A Cat in Paris" will receive a North American release.

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24. A Hymn for Bree Newsome



How could Bree have known, as the ash from blackened
churches coated monuments that mocked the slaughter
of Charleston’s innocents, who had invited a fiend,
unafraid of the hallowed ground of Africans, into the midst

of their sanctuary where he would spill blood over the pews
and taunt the god who had promised to lift the yoke off
their backs brailled with stripes of the Klan, the midnight
raiders whose flaming crosses had struck terror into the marrow

of her ancestors, yet who remained unbowed and whose voices
rustled through the live oaks surrounding the capitol--
that when she stripped the pole of its stars and bars, the fear

that had held generations would disappear from southern skies?




Image: https://dakrolak.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/comic-book-superhero-freebree/

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25. Peek into the Private Lives of Venice Aristocrats - Pisani Moretta Family at Ca' Rezzonico

Curator Alberto Craievich with Amorino alato by Antonio Canova
(Venice, Italy) For centuries, the Pisani dynasty was synonymous with wealth and power in Venice. The family divided into two branches in the 14th century. The Pisani dal Banco, who were located in Santo Stefano district, were responsible for building Villa Pisani in Stra, "The Queen of the Venetian Villas." Over on the other side of the Grand Canal were the Pisani Moretta, who acquired the majestic Pisani Moretta palazzo in San Polo in 1629, one of the most impressive palaces in Venice that is still privately-owned.

The exhibition The Pisani Moretta Family - History and Collecting at Ca' Rezzonico, home of the Museum of 18th Century Venice, allows the public a gander at some of the goodies that have passed through the famous family over the centuries.

"Palazzo Pisani Moretta (Venice)" Photo: Didier Descouens
Like any good tale about Venetian aristocrats, the story involves a scandal over an inheritance. In 1721, at the age of 17, Chiara Pisano, the only child of Francesco Pisani, married Gerolamo Pisani of the "dal Banco" branch.  Her father died in 1737, and the then 33-year-old Chiara inherited a substantial fortune. Her husband died the next year; making Chiara an enormously wealthy widow with six kids. Flush with funds (and no father or husband to accommodate), Chiara decided to restore her palace. She added a third floor complete with terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, and hired some of the most renowned artists and artisans to decorate it, including Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

Toilet set by Augsburg silversmiths
Meanwhile, the kids grew up. Pietro Pisani, Chiara's oldest son, married Venetian noblewoman, Caterina Grimani, an excellent catch -- her father was a Procurator of San Marco, the second most prestigious life appointment in the Republic -- after the Doge, who happened to be her uncle.

However, Vettore, Chiara's younger son, fell in love with a woman who was not a member of the Venetian aristocracy. He secretly married her, which meant that any children he had would not be eligible to be in the ruling class. Chiara stepped in, and convinced Vettore to have the marriage annulled. But it was too late -- the undesirable bride was already pregnant with Vettore's son (who would eventually be recognized and given the name Pietro Vettore). The boy-who-would-be-known as Pietro Vettore was shipped off to an exclusive boarding school in Rome.

The Pisani-Moretta Exhibition
Chiara Pisani died suddenly in 1767, leaving her entire estate to Pietro, the eldest son, who had by then been given his father-in-law's job as a Procurator of San Marco. Unfortunately, Pietro and Caterina were childless.

However, younger brother Vettore came through and married a second, more suitable wife named Cornelia Grimani (yes, both brothers' wives had the same last name), and hopes for preserving the Pisani line were raised. Cornelia conceived, and, in 1774, had a baby... girl. Whom was named... Chiara. After her deceased grandmother.

Then Vettore died suddenly! Leaving no male heir! Except, of course, for Pietro Vettore, his first-born child from the unsuitable bride who was down in the boarding school in Rome. Uncle Pietro, the first Chiara's first-born son, was now the guardian of both his deceased brother's children -- Pietro Vettore, and his half-sister, Chiara II.

Baby carriage
Uncle Pietro was now the lord of the Pisani-Moretta Palazzo, and he is the one who hired Antonio Canova, the famous Venetian sculptor, to execute some statues, one of which was his masterpiece "Daedalus and Icarus," which was in the entrance hall of the palace, and is now in the Correr Museum.

Daedalus and Icarus by Canova - Correr Museum
Meanwhile, Pietro Vettore, Vettore's son, had come of age and came barreling up to Venice from Rome, making it very clear that Uncle Pietro was going to have a battle on his hands. Pietro Vettore wanted his rightful inheritance, and hired some powerful lawyers to present his case. (Since his uncle was a Procurator, which was supposed to be the second most powerful job in Venice, this was no easy feat).

[An aside: the Office of the Procurator of San Marco was never abolished at the fall of the Republic of Venice in 1797. It still exists to this very day. There are seven procurators these days, and they are responsible for administering the assets of the Basilica of San Marco under the authority of the Patriarch of Venice.]

The Farewell between Hector and Andromache by Luca Ferrari (1605-54)
The legal battle began in July, 1783, and it was the Trial of the Century. The boarding school in Rome had transformed Pietro Vettore into a charming, well-bred, likable young man, and the masses were rooting for him. Not only did he win his rightful share of his father's inheritance, he also got a title -- the Count of Bagnolo, located out in the Province of Rovigo. Running low on the supply of Venice-born aristocrats, the Venetian Republic had passed a law in 1775 allowing the nobility from the Veneto terra firma acceptance into the Venetian patriciate, so just like a real-life fairy tale, the once-unwanted Pietro Vettore was now a wealthy member of the ruling class.

Pietro Vettore made a brilliant marriage to Laura Zusto in 1785. Unfortunately, Napoleon had already conquered the Venetian Republic by that time. When Pietro Vettore died in 1847, he left his son, Vettor Daniele, as his legal heir. Vettor Daniele had five children, two of whom were male; both died young, wiping out the male Pisani line. Vettor Daniele's daughter Laura married into the noble Giusti del Giardino family, who left the Pisani Moretta palace to their Sammartini relatives in 1962, who own it today.

Pendant - Venice
According to the Venice Civic Museum site, "the Pisani -- and their heirs -- have for more than a century sought to ensure that a number of the extraordinary works of art in their collection remain within the city of Venice." Thanks to the generous support of the heirs, about one hundred works that once belonged to the Pisani Moretta are now on display at Ca' Rezzonico through October 19, 2015, documenting not only the precious works of art that belonged to the family, but allowing a peek into the daily life of one of Venice's most prominent families.

THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY
History and Collecting

THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice
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July 4 - October 19, 2015
Ca' Rezzonico
Museum of 18th Century Venice
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/THE
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/
THE PISANI MORETTA FAMILY History and collecting July 4 – October 19, 2015 Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museum of 18th century Venice

http://carezzonico.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/the-pisani-moretta-exhibition/2015/03/7590/pisani-moretta-history-and-collecting/

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