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42176. If You Were Me and Lived In … Scotland, by Carole P. Roman | Series Giveaway

The Children’s Book Review | April 17, 2015 Enter to win a complete autographed set of the If You Were Me series, by award-winning author Carole P. Roman; including If You Were Me and Lived in … Scotland: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World! One (1) winner receives the grand prize: An autographed set of Carole P. Roman’s If […]

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42177. Cover Reveal: One More Shot by Victoria Denault

I have a Top 5 list and a cover reveal this morning for Victoria Denault’s NA hockey romance, One More Shot.  This is the first book in Victoria’s Hometown Players series.

Top 5 Fun Facts about Victoria Denault

1. I’ve run the bulls in Pamplona, Spain – twice.

2. The title One More Shot was inspired by a song by a band named Kane.

3. The characters are from the fictitious town of Silver Bay, Maine. It’s roughly based on Old Orchard Beach, Maine, but I swapped the ocean for a lake.

4. The relationship between the Caplan sisters (Jessie, Rose, Callie) is inspired by the relationship I had with my best friends growing up.

5. I LOVE hockey and was lucky enough to be at a Stanley Cup winning game. Total bucket list item.

ONE MORE SHOT by Victoria Denault (June 2, 2015; Forever Yours E-Book; $3.99; Hometown Players Book #1)

They say you only get one shot at making your dreams come true. Jordan is determined to take two.
Drafted by the NHL at eighteen, Jordan Garrison was headed for fame, and there was only one person he wanted to share it with-Jessie Caplan. He was crazy in love with her, and had finally told her so. They shared an amazing night . . . and then everything fell apart.
Jessie tries not to think about the night she gave herself to Jordan-or how he broke her heart. She tries not to think about it, but she does. Especially now, when she’s staring into his sky-blue eyes for the first time in six years. After so much time and torment, she can’t tell if she loves him or hates him. But Jordan has learned enough to know a connection like theirs is rare. He was lucky to find Jessie once. No way will he lose her again.

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Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filled romance. She lives in LA but grew up in Montreal, which is why she is fluent in English, French and hockey.

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42178. Living with multiple sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is widely thought to be a disease of immune dysfunction, whereby the immune system becomes activated to attack components of the nerves in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. New information about environmental factors and lifestyle are giving persons with MS and their health care providers new tools...

The post Living with multiple sclerosis appeared first on OUPblog.

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42179. A How to Play Rugby book for teenagers

The Beginner’s Guide to Rugby by Aaron Cruden, Random House NZ

This handsome sports book will be very popular on the New Zealand market. I can see public and school librarians (intermediate and secondary) rushing to buy it, and it will also be welcomed by parents of rugby-mad youngsters (fathers and grandfathers will enjoy it too!). First impressions of the book are that it is very comprehensive, but at the same time it makes the wealth of information readily accessible to young readers. It begins with chapters focusing on Aaron Cruden’s stellar career in rugby, beginning with his stint as captain of Palmerston North Boys’ High School First XV, and taking us right through to his continuing success in the present day. The following how-to chapters are written by Cruden himself, starting off with What is Rugby? and continuing through advice on rugby training and skills, to discussing other factors such as nutrition, leadership, and injury. The chapters on skills include sections headed up Checklist, When It Goes Bad, Activity, and The Cruden Clue. The book is well designed, with lots of headings and colour photos, and the layout encourages both dipping into and reading from beginning to end.

Comment from my rugby-mad husband: “There’s a massive amount of information in this book. Youngsters wanting to use it as a training manual will need to focus on one skill at a time, utilising Cruden’s advice, and only move on to the next skill once they’ve mastered the current one.”

There’s a Teachers’ Resource PDF available for download from the Random House website. My only slightly critical comment on the book: the cardboard binding will rapidly become tatty. Libraries will need to do their own strengthening of the cover.

ISBN 978 1 77553 790 8 $34.99 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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42180. From Carter to Clinton: Selecting presidential nominees in the modern era

Franklin D. Roosevelt broke the two-term precedent set by George Washington by running for and winning a third and fourth term. Pressure for limiting terms followed FDR’s remarkable record. In 1951 the Twenty-Second constitutional amendment was ratified stating: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice…” Accordingly, reelected Presidents must then govern knowing they cannot run again.

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42181. 5 ways to use poetry in class RIGHT NOW

Howdy, Campers! Happy Poetry Friday! (the PF link is at the end)

Authors-anthologists-publishers Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell have written an article well-worth reading (it's brief!) for National Poetry Month in the online magazine Bookology which begins:

"We are pressed for time, so we multitask. You might be eating breakfast while you’re reading Bookology, or doing laundry, or both. “Killing two birds with one stone” or “hatching two birds from the same egg”—integrated teaching—is the best way to fit everything in, especially in the K-5 classroom." (read the whole article here)

Janet and Sylvia's Poetry Friday Anthology series does a LOT of heavy lifting including:

1) helping pressed-for-time teachers and librarians teach poetry while meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the Texas TEKS for English Language Arts (ELA)/Poetry and Science & Technology,


2) including a “Take 5!” mini-lesson with every poem in their collection for librarians, teachers, and parents with instructions for sharing, picture book pairings, and curriculum connections.

And in their NEW collection Janet and Sylvia have added another bonus: each of the 156 poems in this newest book appears in both English and Spanish--WOWEE!

JoAnne's recent post sang out about this book (which includes JoAnne's terrific Graduation Day poem), and Esther's post continued, including an interview of these two visionaries and Esther's very green Saint Pat's Day poem.

As JoAnne writes:
I’m thrilled to be one of 115 poets (and 3 Teaching Authors!) whose poems are featured in the brand-new Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations

I'm thrilled that they've included two of my poems. This one's for National Thrift Shop Day (who knew?)
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Have a fabulous Poetry Friday...and consider donating to a thrift shop today and then shopping in one, too ~

Remember to enter our Book Giveaway to win an autographed copy of Paul Janeczko’s 50th book, DEATH OF A HAT, illustrated by Chris Raschka.  You can enter between now and April 22 (which just happens to be our SIXTH TeachingAuthors Blogiversary!).

And...please stop by my poetry blog where all Poetry Month long I'm posting PPPs--Previously Published Poems--from anthologies, Cricket Magazine and my novel in poems.

Thank you, dear Robyn Hood Black for hosting PF today!
And thanks, too, to Jama Kim Rattigan for posting the 2015 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events Roundup

posted with love by April Halprin Wayland with help from Monkey and Eli ~

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42182. What's With Pier 39 And Sea Lions?

   We had heard on the news that Astoria, Oregon was having an unusual amount of sea lions on their docks, in fact over 2,300 of them.  Never having been to Astoria my husband and I decided to go and spend the weekend there and see this unusual event. Upon arriving at our hotel's lobby we noticed a basket full of ear plugs for the guests, I asked "what's the ear plugs for?" the clerk answered "seal plugs". This might cause concern for some folks about a noisy stay, but it made me giggle with excitement to experience our weekend here.
   Our room was located on the top floor, facing Pier 39,and the last room on the end. From our balcony I could see the sea lions lying on the docks, and the sound of them barking was amazing. Yes, some folks  might run to put in their ear plugs in at this point, but I rather enjoyed those dog faced looking Sea Lions just barking away, twenty four hours a day. My husband even commented during the night that somebody had quite the party going on. "Yes, those boys are sure the partyers." I replied.
   Turns out, all the Sea Lions here are all males. Scientists who study these guys  have  branded their backs with numbers so as to keep up with them. They come every year to feed on the smelt and salmon fish, but this year there was a bumper crop of smelt fish so instead of the 300-400 normal amount of sea lions, they got thousands.
   What is really interesting is these sea lions go from this Pier 39 and travel down to San Francisco's Pier 39 to meet up with the females! Once they do their business of meeting up with the females they travel back up the coast bringing back all the little males that are ready to leave their momma's.    
   Astoria sits on a hill spotted with colorful Victorian houses that over looks the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of the 1200 mile long Columbia River. It is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. It is a beautiful little town with a rich history, such as Lewis and Clark's winter in 1805, bustling fish canneries, shanghaied sailors, and of course who hasn't seen the movie "The Goonies" filmed here in 1984. Hollywood has been making movies in this area since 1908, movies like: Short Circuit, Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, and Free Willy II.
    I learned something from these Sea Lions, they know where the best Piers are to hangout at on the Pacific Northwest, and like them we too will return to Pier 39.

Free ear plugs for the guest.

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42183. Writing Doesn’t Stop When the Book’s Finished, by Alex J. Cavanaugh

We are thrilled to welcome Alex J. Cavanaugh to the blog today as he provides a glimpse into the writing authors face AFTER the deal is done! Alex first made waves, or jumped into hyper-drive, with his Cassa Trilogy, which landed on the Amazon bestseller list. He is also the founder and leader of the wildly popular online Insecure Writers Support Group. Surely that wouldn't describe anyone of us, now would it? Be sure to check it out as well as Alex's newest release, Dragon of the Stars, below.

Writing Doesn’t Stop When the Book’s Finished, A Craft of Writing Post by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Working on a book can take years. We create the first draft, revise, edit, incorporate more changes from critique partners’ suggestions, perhaps hire an editor and edit some more, and finally polish it to perfection. When a publisher says yes, we breathe a sigh of relief. We’re done!

Not so fast. Done? Hardly–we’ve only just begun.

For those who’ve not journeyed down this path yet, let me give you an idea how much MORE writing there is with that one manuscript.

Publisher revisions – No matter how polished, there will be changes. Sometimes minor, such as correcting grammar, clarifying points, tightening the prose, or adding description. Sometimes it’s more involved and results in rewrites or point of view changes. Either way, we will be working on that manuscript several times before our publisher puts it into production. And if we sign with an agent first, that’s an added layer of edits before a publisher ever sees it.

Synopsis – This will involve either adjusting the blurb from the query letter or creating a whole new one. We’ll polish it many times over, passing it back and forth with our publisher. (Unless you’re fortunate and your publisher does this for you.)

Cover art – Some authors have more input than others, but often there is a cover form that needs to be filled out that will give the illustrator a place to begin.

Author bio – Even if we have one already, it will need to be polished and publisher approved, as it will appear on both the book and your site.

Our social media sites – We’ll be ramping up our presence, writing blog posts, Tweets, and more in anticipation of our launch. We’ll be establishing our platform while making contacts. This takes time. It takes reaching out to others and building relationships. It takes becoming part of the community and giving back. Networking that’s done right, with comments, reTweets, and posts that support others, involves a lot of writing.

Website – Sometimes we have to construct our own website, comprised of some of the items above and more. We have to let people know who we are so they will feel a connection.

A marketing plan – Sometimes we’ll need one before signing with a publisher. But afterwards, we’ll definitely need to do our research and create a list. There are so many opportunities, and we don’t want to miss an important one.

Letters and emails – We’ll be contacting bloggers, authors, websites, bookstores, reviewers, schools, etc. We’ll need professional introductory letters when asking for reviews or blurbs. This will be an ongoing marketing effort, even after the book is released.

Online tour – Often there is an online tour during the launch, whether set up by us, our publisher, or a publicist. Requests will come in for interviews and guest posts. Each one will need to be different and fresh. And they can’t simply shout ‘buy my book.’ It will take effort to come up with an interesting topic or angle, one that will make readers comfortable with us and more likely to buy our book. We’ll be writing and polishing these for months, sometimes right down to the wire.

Speeches and more – We might be asked to join a conference panel or give a talk at a convention. We might be invited to speak at a school or an event. The last thing we want to do is go in unprepared. (Especially with kids who can eat us alive!)

Review copy edits – Yes, even after all that polishing, we’ll be editing and correcting some more. There’s always that one elusive typo…

There are a million other details that will require our writing skills, from preparing promotional Tweets to bookmark details. We might have to create our own book trailer. Maybe we’re writing up announcement for our local paper. Maybe we’ve started a newsletter that requires a couple hours of writing time each month. Plus our website content needs to be updated. And if you believe the social media stuff ends shortly after the book is released, think again!

Bottom line, there are a lot more words to write after the manuscript is completed. This can overwhelm some authors. But if we go into it with eyes open, prepared and willing, we’ll enjoy the release of our book that much more.

And then guess what? We get to start all over again.

Happy writing!

About the Book:

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. But when the Alliance declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray and told he won’t make captain. One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

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About the Author:

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.

Website | Insecure Writers Support Group | Twitter | Goodreads

-- posted by Susan Sipal, @HP4Writers

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42184. Translation from ... Chinese

       Perry Link's piece on The Wonderfully Elusive Chinese Novel -- nominally a review of the final volume of David Tod Roy's five-volume translation of The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei -- is now freely accessible at The New York Review of Books site, and well worth a read.
       Among the points raised by Link:

Whether Chin P'ing Mei is taken as broad social canvas, literary innovation, serious ethical criticism, or only spicy entertainment, a question that has haunted its study over the last hundred years is whether it is -- indeed whether China has -- a "great novel." I think China would be better off if the question were not asked so much.
       He explains:
But why do I feel that China -- and Sinologists -- would be better off to relax about the idea that "we have great novels, too" ? I feel this because I think that setting up literary civilizations as rivals (although I can understand the insecurities that led Liang Qichao and others to do it) only gets in the way of readers enjoying imaginative works.
       Interesting also his observation:
Should we compare poetry across civilizations ? If we do, classical Chinese poetry wins easily. The contest is almost unfair, because, as my students of Chinese language eventually come to see, the fundaments of language are different.
       I'm sure there are a few English professors left gasping by the thought:
Emily Dickinson might have come to be known as the greatest poet in world history if she had written in classical Chinese.
       Overall, the piece is a good (and probably necessary) reminder of how varied literature is, and why familiarity with the foreign (mostly, sigh, via translation) -- and an understanding of its 'difference' -- is so (in)valuable.

       Like longtime local favorite The Story of the Stone, I can certainly recommend Chin P'ing Mei -- though I read (back in my college days) the Clement Egerton translation (with its infamous Latin passages). For the David Tod Roy translation (beginning with volume one), see the Princeton University Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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42185. IT'S TOMORROW!!! 1st Birmingham (UK) Comics Festival 2015

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You do realise that the UKs newest comic event is not that far away -right?  It's one day so get yourself organised and if you are in the Midlands you have no further to travel than....the Midlands (I never really thought that line through).

Could you get any plushier a comic event venue? Look at it!!

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You can see the sort of space involved by checking the website: http://www.thecomicfestival.com/venue

And, of course, if you want to go you'll need ticket info, right?  Well, ticket info here:


And guest? Guests??? Twenty seven announced so far and you know what these comic people are like -some probably leaving it til the last minute!

Here's a run down of some.....

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Guest - Jonathan Maberry
Guest - Keith Page
Guest - Michael Carroll
Guest - Jim Alexander
Guest - Laura Howell
Guest - Hunt Emerson
Guest - Ian Kennedy
Guest - Richard Elson
Guest  - Sonia Leong
Guest - Ryan Brown
Guest - Al Davison
Guest - Mark Buckingham
Guest - Ian Edginton
Eagle Award winner David Hitchcock, creator of Springheeled Jack,  established himself swiftly within the British small press, being responsible for a series of innovatively designed and well produced comics, each featuring finely rendered pencil artwork and compelling sequential storytelling. Initially self-published, then cameod within the Judge Dredd Megazine, Springheeled Jack has also since been published in France, prior to Titan Comics taking up British national publication.
He also illustrated two volumes of Madam Samurai, published by Scar Comics, with the first volume receiving the Best Digital Comic award at the LA New Media Film Festival in 2011. Concurrent with this he produced art for Boom Studios’ Cthulhu Tales in the USA and Accent UK’s annual anthologies.
In 2012 he contributed to the True Believers Award-winning digital anthology Aces Weekly, writing and illustrating the Paradise Mechanism series. His work has been praised by the likes of Alan Moore and Mike Mignola, and he’s recently been working with the godfather of modern British comics, Pat Mills; illustrating The Visible Man for 2000AD and collaborating with him on an adaptation for Above the Dreamless Dead, an anthology of WW1 trench poems published by First Second in the US.
David Hitchcock will be signing, sketching, and offering original artwork and books at The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday 18th April 2015.
For more on David Hitchcock: www.davehitchcock.blogspot.co.uk
Mike Collins Biography:
Mike Collins was born in West Bromwich and began contributing artwork to several fanzines and the early independent publisher Harrier Comics in a pre-internet world, but it was when he began submitting strips to Marvel UK that a 25+ year career took hold. An early partnership with Mark Farmer lead to them forming Britain’s first real pencil/ink art team and Collins himself writing and drawing Spider-Man and providing art for the popular Transformers series.
The partnership would also find them drawing the Celtic warrior adventures of Slaine for Fleetway’s 2000AD, the first of a considerable amount of work Collins would produce for the comic, primarily as an artist but also as a writer, right up to this day. The pair would also work on all-new stories for the science fiction Laser Eraser & Pressbutton series as published in the USA by Eclipse Comics, that would result in Collins working for both Marvel and DC Comics drawing many of their major characters, including Gambit’s team debut in The Uncanny X-Men #266. Aside from drawing the likes of Wonder Woman and The Flash he would also write the Charlton Comics-created Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt for DC Comics, as well as numerous licensed comics including Babylon 5 and Star Trek.
Kept busy on comic books for the USA, his main UK work was illustrating the Judge Dredd strip for The Daily Star newspaper during the 90s. Since the new millennium his British contributions have been more profound, if not epic, including creating the first ever Welsh language graphic novel Mabinogi, a companion piece for the Cartwyn Cymru animated film of the Celtic myths, and illustrating a 135 page graphic novel adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Classical Comics that The Sunday Times cited as one of the top ten graphic novels of 2010.
A featured artist on Dr Who Magazine since the television series’ triumphant return, Collins has had the longest uninterrupted run as artist on the lead strip, pencilling the debut stories of actors Eccleston, Tennant and Smith as The Doctor. He has also illustrated two Dr Who graphic novels for the BBC, The Only Good Dalek and The Dalek Project, and now provides storyboards for the actual TV series. He also contributed to America’s IDW Doctor Who comics. On a slightly more down-to-earth level he illustrated the Royal love affair biography Kate & William – A Very Public Love Story for Markosia that surreally lead to Dutch TV employing his services to report on the actual wedding, whereas Norway applauds his artistry on the noir crime fiction Varg Veum graphic novels, based on the bestselling novels.
Committed to using comics as an educational tool and heavily involved in the Read A Million Words In Wales initiative, he has produced storyboards for TV and films, including Doctor Who and Horrid Henry, and graphics and/or storyboards for clients as diverse as The Daily Telegraph, Coca-Cola and Lifebuoy. He also recently illustrated a music video for Agnetta and Gary Barlow.
Mike Collins will be signing, sketching, offering original artwork, discussing his career and talking with fans as a guest at at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium as part of The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday 15th April 2015
Birmingham’s Hi8us art programme put Lee Bradley on the right course to develop his classic American superhero styled influences leading to what’s become a seven year career that now finds him putting together his own creator-owned book to be edited by John McCrea, who he began his career with working in the role of inker and colourist.
Bradley found an early niche in the modern British youth market, working on a triumvirate of books for Titan Comics, namely Transformers Universe, Transformers Animated, and Transformers Movie: To Draw Guide alongside issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spider-Man: Tower of Power. Halfway round the world, Middle East publisher Teshkeel employed his services on their superhero series The ’99 while via Mam Tor Publishing he would contribute to London’s Mother Comics.
Illustration work has lead to his involvement in the advertising world and film/television storyboarding alongside becoming an accredited Lucas Film artist and producing work for BBC TV’s Blue Peter. However, it is demand for Lee Bradley’s work as a sketch artist that has found him involved in such popular collectors’ trading card series as Mars Attacks and Mars Attacks Invasion, Star Wars Galaxy and Star Wars Galactic Files, alongside Marvel’s Greatest Battles, Women of Marvel, Retro Marvel, Marvel Premiere and this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on the superhero front, as well as card series reprising great events and personalities from history. Fittingly an exhibition of his work, Retro Marvel Now – The Art of Lee Bradley, is taking place from 7th March to 12th April at the Forge Mill Museum in Redditch, in the heart of The Midlands.
A popular live attraction on the British convention scene, Lee Bradley will be sketching, signing and offering original artwork while talking to fans at The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday 18th April.
D'Israeli Biography:
From his first forays within the early British small press scene and for American independents through to him becoming truly established during the late 1980s, D'Israeli’s work has always been quite unique. During the late 1980s he was assigned strips featuring Matt Wagner’s Grendel and took on the role of pencilling artist for Canadian publisher Vortex’s Mr X title, while within the pages of the cutting edge UK youth media magazine Deadline he created the surreal serial that was Timulo, then latter co-created the more whacky Fatal Charm.
History now tends to forget his full colour explosion on the cyberpunk saga of Lazarus Churchyard originally part-serialised within the pages of Blast! but somehow recalls he coloured Miracleman. As the nineties bloomed he would ink both the Tank Girl: Movie Adaptation and Kill Your Boyfriend plus The Sandman series for DC’s Vertigo imprint, while drawing Metalscream within the pages of Marvel’s 2099 Unlimited.
Having worked together on a strip for Revolver, D'Israeli began an ongoing extensive collaboration with writer Ian Edginton, notably Kingdom of the Wicked, a trio of related graphic novel collections: Scarlet Traces, The War of the Worlds and The Great Game, and Leviathan and Stickleback for 2000 AD, plus work on Batman for DC Comics. Much of his work has been collected in book form and at one time or another D'Israeli has also scripted, illustrated and coloured strips for 2000AD and The Judge Dredd Megazine and self-published limited editions of his own creator-owned strips. Most recently he has been illustrating Ordinary for Titan Comics.
In 2008 D'Israeli was awarded the Favourite Comics Artist: Inks Eagle Award, having been also nominated for the Favourite Colourist Award. These days, his artwork is created directly on computer, and those keen to find out more about this fascinating process can do so when he attends Edgbaston Cricket Stadium on Saturday 18th April as a guest at The Birmingham Comics Festival.
For more information on D'Israeli visit: www.disraeli-demon.blogspot.co.uk
Dave Kendall Bio
Kendall is renowned in Europe as the illustrator of the series of La Compagnie des Lames graphic novels published by Soleil, a dark fantasy saga that roughly translates as “The Company of the Blades” alongside artwork for 2000AD and much trading card illustration work for publishers in the USA.
The artist began his professional career working with the godfather of modern British comics, Pat Mills plus Tony Skinner; co-creating the PsychoKiller series that was featured within the pages of the British comic anthology Toxic! A brief detour into the world of comic strips, created Mosh Pit for Metal Hammer magazine, proved good grounding for meatier works of a musical nature for American comic publisher Malibu’s Rock-It imprint, most notably illustrating official Metallica comics, and then moving onto work with British horror author Brian Lumley adapting his Necroscope vampire series for that company, then latterly covers for the writer’s books – Much of this early work being featured in Sound & Fury an exhibition of heavy metal imagery, originally held at Bradford Museum before it toured the UK.
The international world of illustration, by way of gaming and trading cards then called upon Kendall’s services and he has produced work for the likes of Future, Sony, Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard, Rebellion, Thomas Jane’s Raw studios and Games Workshop.
He contributed to Mam Tor’s award-winning Event Horizon anthology and was the artist and co-creator, along with writer Mike Carey, of Houses of the Holy a digital motion book produced for the Madefire platform. As European interest gathered in his work he began to illustrate graphic novels for French publisher Soleil, with two volumes of La Compagnie des Lames having now seen print. He has also produced a number of eye-catching covers for 2000AD.
Dave Kendall’s work is created by applying a mixture of traditional and digital techniques, the subject of which he writes on within the pages of Imagine FX magazine from Future Publishing. Such skills and techniques he may share with those attending The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday 18th April, where he will also be talking to fans while signing, sketching, and offering original art.
For more information on Dave Kendall visit: www.rustybaby.com
Mark farmer bio
Mark Farmer began his inking career partnering penciller Mike Collins, the pair contributing strips to Marvel UK prior to assorted Future Shock strips and the Slaine series for 2000AD, thereafter working on the Laser Eraser & Pressbutton series for American publisher Eclipse Comics.
Concurrent with his early comic strip work Farmer assisted Birmingham cartoonist Mike Higgs on his Moonbird children’s books and would in due course illustrate and colour books himself for Oxford University Press. An inking artist, being a craft generally called for more by American publications, Farmer’s subsequent British comics work has remained limited, so sought out by collectors. However, there have also been rare occasions where he has produced full art as was the case with the original Anderson: Psi Division series published within 2000AD.
Inking Dave Gibbons on a reboot of DC Comic’s Green Lantern Farmer’s US career truly began to take off, continuing on the series when Joe Staton returned as pencil artist and the series evolved into The Green Lantern Corps. For what was then being hyped as “The new DC” he would also ink the first issue of a new Justice League series and what became an ongoing series with the brand new Animal Man. Rival US publisher Marvel Comics would also begin employing his skills notably on The Punisher and The Incredible Hulk. Such was the demand for his talents by both companies (not only inking but producing finished art over rough pencils and breakdown art), rare were the occasions he would work for other publishers like Dark Horse and WildStorm.
Aside from Superman True: Brit, created by Monty Python’s John Cleese, much of Mark Farmer’s high profile work in recent years has been partnering pencil artist/writer Alan Davis. An early outing or two on Judge Dredd in 2000AD and taking over its back page for D.R. and The Quinch back in the late ’80s proved more profound when they took on Batman for DC Comics, a decade later there was JLA: The Nail and six years after that JLA: Another Nail. Over at Marvel the pair would be involved in heavy hitters such as The Avengers, The Fantastic Four and The Uncanny X-Men. There have been others of course, and working with different pencil artists, for Mark Farmer’s workload remains a busy one, such are the demand for his talents, but he will be taking time out to take part in The Birmingham Comics Festival on the 18th April.
Gary Crutchley, who has drawn strips for Britain’s best-selling science fiction comic 2000AD actually began selling his work professionally contributing to American anthologies back in the late ‘80s during the horror boom, initially with strips to Gore Shriek and Shriek at Fanta-Co Enterprises, then the Killing Stroke mini-series he co-edited for Malibu Graphics, and latterly drawing the cyber-dark fantasy series Stratosfear for Caliber Press.
There followed in the UK, illustration work for The Truth magazine, work for newsstand horror comic Bloody Hell, Future Shocks for 2000AD and private commissions. With the advent of a burgeoning UK independent comics scene in the UK he began to contribute to a wide variety of anthologies, found his work collected in Robinson Publishing’s Mammoth Book of Zombies, featured in the benefit book Spirit of Hope, and he would spend a year’s tour-of-duty pencilling the sci-fi strip Carter’s Column for The Birmingham Mail newspaper’s online comics section. Brief sojourns with US publishers have seen him produce layouts for a licensed Death Race mini-series, anthologised strips for a comic based on the Creepy Kofy Movietime cable TV show and a well-received western one-shot, The Tale of a Well Hung Man, a genre that was to prove increasingly fruitful.
WESTERNoir is the story of Josiah Black, a monster hunter with a colt 45, written by Dave West and illustrated by Crutchley for Accent UK. It has proved both a critical and commercial success for the independent company, with ongoing discussions of external franchising of the brand to other media much in discussion of late.
For more information on Gary Crutchley visit: www.gcrutchley.blogspot.co.uk
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His classically detailed artwork has found Phil Winslade nominated for National Cartoonist, Harvey and Eisner Awards in his time. Taking the road less travelled he turned away from the commercial illustration that his studies at Birmingham Polytechnic had prepared him for, forgoing record album covers for strips within the independent Sometime Stories before securing work at work at Fleetway/Egmont on their Revolver and Crisis titles, then for Marvel where he fell under the tutelage of the highly respected writer/editor Archie Goodwin who nurtured his visual storytelling talent.
When Goodwin moved to DC Comics Winslade followed, teaming with writer Garth Ennis to produce the eight-issue Goddess series. Winslade pencilled, inked, coloured and designed bookends and covers for the series; the creative energies requiring total dedication and time. The beautiful results can still be seen in collections, French editions in particular. Having proved he was adept at portraying female characters possessing powerful inner grace and outer beauty he was called upon to illustrate another in Wonder Woman: Amazonia, his co-creation for this Elseworlds books being turned into limited edition statuettes.
Writer Steve Gerber’s comic books had influenced Winslade as a youth and together they crafted another female lead in Nevadafor DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. For a bird of an altogether different feather they also brought back Howard The Duck at Marvel. Other work for that company has included a Daredevil/Spider-Man mini-series and Ant-Man's Big Christmas written by the Back to the Future films’ co-creator Bob Gale, while at DC he has illustrated a whole range of characters including Wonder Woman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Batman, Warlord and Jonah Hex, group books such Shadowpact, Threshold, The Brave & The Bold and most recently Convergence: Crime Syndicate alongside being featured within Vertigo imprint anthologies such as All-Star Western and Men of War, as well as co-creating the Monolith series.
Elsewhere he has been featured within Heavy Metal magazine and A1, and begun to make frequent appearances within 2000AD where Lawless has proved so popular there is already a newseries underway, as well as having co-created King’s Road for its debut series within Dark Horse Presents.
Phil Winslade will be attending The Birmingham Comics Festival at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium on Saturday
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42186. Book surplus ?

       At The New York Review of Books' blog Tim Parks wonders whether there are Too Many Books ? -- arguing: "it's hard not to feel that we are in an era of massive overproduction", as well as that this surfeit: "tends to diminish the seriousness with which I approach any particular book".
       I barely understand the question/concern -- sure, I'm annoyed by the piles of crap that flood the market (or non-market ...), and could certainly do without the dozens of e-mail pitches touting yet another anguished memoir I seem to get daily, but I don't think we've reached anywhere near capacity and I still thirst for (much) more. (The limited amount of fiction-in-translation published in English annually -- however many hundreds or even now/soon thousands of titles it is -- is a constant reminder of how little of even just the good stuff we get to see: it remains just a fraction of what is written in other languages, a needle-tip of an iceberg (sorry about that mixed metaphor, but it seems about right).)
       Bring it on, I say. We -- well, I -- can't get enough.

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42187. Manga Review: A Mediterranean Marriage by Graham and Hashimoto

May Contain Spoilers


Harlequin manga is my crack!  I purchased A Mediterranean Marriage when it was on sale for .99, and I decided to read it last night because, after a stressful week, I had the attention span of a small bug.  This was perfect for  my mood.  It’s fast paced, the art is lovely, and the exotic locale was painstakingly rendered for my reading enjoyment.  The biggest disappointment for me was Rauf, the incredibly jerky hero, who has a grudge against Lilly and treats her terribly, all because she turned him down three years ago and his delicate ego still hasn’t recovered.

Lilly’s family owns a travel agency that Rauf has invested in.  Three years after being rejected by Lilly, he’s still smarting from the perceived slight.  When her company fails to pay contractual dividends for two years, he thinks he’ll finally get his revenge.  Lilly comes to his office in Istanbul to explain, as well as to sell some property in Turkey,  and Rauf is prepared to make his displeasure with her family and their lack of payments well known.  Lilly, however, has documents and bank statements showing that the dividends were, indeed paid, but the money wasn’t going into Rauf’s coffers.  Instead, it was going to a company impersonating his, and Lilly’s family has been scammed for the last two years.

Rauf agrees to give Lilly’s family more time to come up with the money they owe him if she’ll accompany him in Turkey for a week.  During that time, she’s to help go over all of the documentation she’s brought so Rauf’s legal team can go after the scam company.  Because Lilly’s company is almost bankrupt, she has no other options, so she reluctantly agrees to go along with his request.  All the while she has to hide the fact that she’s in love with Rauf.

Rauf, having been burned by beautiful women in the past, instantly suspects Lilly of lying to him.  He doesn’t believe anything she’s told him, and he believes that she’s trying to cheat him out of the money her company owes him.  What’s really sticking in his craw, though, is the constant memory of her rejection.  How dare she?!  How could she possibly be indifferent to his charms?  I thought he was a complete butthead, and if that’s how he treated women, no wonder they only hooked up with him for his money.  He remains unrepentantly petulant until the last two pages.  If the pacing and the illustrations hadn’t been so skillful, I wouldn’t have enjoyed A Mediterranean Marriage as much, because it was so hard to like Rauf.  Lilly is a star, though, forgiving and honest, and Rauf, darn the man, was lucky she forgave him.

Grade:  B / B-

Review copy purchased from Amazon

From Amazon:

Lilly flies to Istanbul to appeal to Rauf Kasabian in person, an investor in her family’s travel company. He is suing the company for allegedly failing to pay its dividends, but she is unaware of any fraud. Rauf, who has gorgeous hazel eyes, coldly abandons her right after taking her virginity because he sees her as a wicked, calculating woman. Unbeknownst to Lilly, he plans to manipulate her for his own desires, thinking she is a fraud and a crook…!

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42188. The Death of Napoleon review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Simon Leys' nice little novella, The Death of Napoleon.
       This has been re-issued (it seems) countless times, but New York Review Books are having another go at it -- and theirs is certainly a nicer-looking volume than the horrific movie-tie-in one.

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42189. 10 Social Media Practices You Should Avoid

At this point in time, most everyone knows the importance of ‘working’ social media marketing. It’s a powerful marketing strategy that has the ability to bring traffic, boost authority, boost search rankings, and increase conversions. Again, it’s powerful. But, when using social networks, there are certain practices you should avoid to prevent harming your brand’s image, credibility, and

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42190. Revolution Movie

Earth from space photoJoin the Revolution to Save Planet Earth!

Revolution is a new movie that shows the devastating environmental effects of ocean acidification, tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity. Filmed over 4 years in 15 countries in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations, Revolution is an inspiring call to action about the man-made catastrophe facing our world. Uncovering the cause of the mass extinctions of the past, this film shows the revolution needed to save our planet now.

RevolutionIn the movie, you can see that the global conservation movement depends on the passion of young people. There are kids featured throughout the movie, including 13-year-old Felix Finkbeiner of Germany. In his hometown, he leads an environmental group called Plant for the Planet, which has so far planted 194 trees — one tree for every country that met at the United Nations Planet Conference. Joining a rally of protesters outside the conference, he invited all the ministers and heads of state to come outside to plant the trees of their country. His goal is to plant one million trees in each country of the world. 

So inspiring! Kids CAN make a difference, so tell us in the Comments what you will do to help save the earth!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer


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42191. 2016 Debut Authors Share their Research Tips

Note from Julie: Today’s post is a compilation of advice on historical research from a few members of the Sweet Sixteens, a group of YA and MG authors who are debuting in 2016. You can learn more about the Sweet Sixteens and their upcoming books on their website. I’m very proud to be a part of this great group, and I’m excited to share some writing advice from my fellow debut authors!

The idea for this post came from a thread on the Sweet Sixteens’ discussion forum. Kali Wallace, who writes YA horror, posted a question for historical fiction writers. I thought it was great that a writer was reaching across genres to ask a question, and the replies were stellar! Thank you all for agreeing to let me share this great discussion with the readers of PubCrawl! (And stay tuned for more of Kali Wallace and YA horror in a future post!)

Kali Wallace pictureI have a question for writers of historical fiction:
How do you research for a historical novel? What sort of research do you do?
How do you balance getting the period details right with writing for a modern MG/YA audience?

~Kali Wallace, author of Shallow Graves, Katherine Tegen Books 2016. You can visit Kali’s website and follow her on twitter @kaliphyte.

Lois SepaSweet Sixteens Lois Sepahbanhban: My stories always start with a character, and I think that even in a historical setting, the character’s experiences are what make his/her story accessible and interesting for modern readers. But getting the setting details right does require research. Over a period of several months, I devour everything I can find about the setting–books, newspaper articles, diaries, documentaries, and museums. During those months, the story starts to slowly come together in my mind. So as soon as I’m ready to start writing, then I’ve already done most of the research.

I use a notebook to keep track of what I learn, and I always need to go back and dig up new details while I’m drafting.

By immersing myself in the history and culture before I start writing, I have found that the details come naturally as I’m drafting.

(Lois Sepahban is the author of the upcoming MG Historical, Paper Wishes, coming from FSG/Margaret Ferguson Books in Winter 2016. Learn more about Lois on her website and say hello to her on twitter @LoisSepahban)

Janet Taylor pictureJanet B. Taylor: When I FIRST started writing for REALS, I’d planned to write adult historical fiction. I was working with a hisfic author as a “writing coach” who told me–in no uncertain terms–that though I was a good writer, with potential…blah blah…my “voice” was too modern and too “YA”.
Now, at the time, I didn’t really know what “YA” was. And I certainly didn’t know what voice meant in writing terms.

Soo…I cried. A lot. Then I got to thinking. Okay. Modern voice. YA. Loves historical…..TIME TRAVEL!

I’ve been fascinated by the medieval period for years, and had studied it for a long time. Particularly England and France, and even more specifically, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. (I’d LOVE to write about her one day. Her teenage years are absolutely astounding. However, there are a LOT of wonderful books already written about Eleanor. And I’m not sure I have the chops to go up against someone like Elizabeth Chadwick or Sharon Kay Penman, for instance.)

Anyhoo, with that background, I basically did what Lois said. Total immersion for months. Websites. Read a lot. Traveled to Europe a few times. Read a lot. Castles, museums. Oh, did I mention I spent WAY too much money on books so I could read a lot? I got everything about anything to do with time period. I even got to spend the night inside Fontevraud Abbey in France, where Eleanor spent her later years, and is buried. I got to be alone with her (and Henry II and Richard the Lionheart) at night, in the cathedral, all alone. It was magnificent!

Now the sequel to my current book will take place in NYC during “The Gilded Age” 1895. That is requiring a LOT of new, very detailed, very intense research, as I wasn’t really familiar with that era. But it’s such a cool time and I’m enjoying it very much!

(Janet B. Taylor’s debut YA Adventure/Time Travel, Into the Dim, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2016. Visit Janet on her website and follow her on twitter @Janet_B_Taylor)

Patrick Samphire picturePatrick Samphire: Almost everything I write is set in one historical period or another. I’ve written short stories in Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, as well as in the first world war and prehistoric Britain. My novel, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB, is set in 1816, and I’m also working on a novel set in the 1930s.
But the shameful truth is that I’m an absolutely terrible researcher. I hate doing it. I pick up some incredibly informative, vastly heavy reference book and I rarely get past the introduction before my brain melts into a puddle of supreme apathy. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Come on. I can’t be the only one, right?

So, I have developed a special method of Historical Research for the Historically Ignorant and Terminally Lazy:

1. Watch movies and read books set in the relevant period, to get a basic idea of what the period was like. You have to be careful that you’re not picking books and movies by people who are equally Historically Ignorant and Terminally Lazy. For my 1816 book, that meant reading Jane Austen, Bernard Cornwell and Georgette Heyer and watching lots of Jane Austen adaptations. Yeah, and some people claim this is work…
2. Write your book.
3. Figure out all the bits you should have researched and go and look them up. Wikipedia is, of course, not particularly accurate about many things, but admit it, we all use it… Alternatively, ask my wife (you’ll have to find someone else to ask; sorry). My wife loves doing historical research. She reads books like that for fun. She even has degrees in this kind of stuff.
4. Realise that what you have in the book can’t possibly have happened, because you didn’t bother to research it in advance.
5. Rewrite, making it less impossible.
6. Blame the wizards/fairies/aliens. My books tend to have pretty heavy fantasy or science fiction elements, so when I get something wrong, I just blame the influence of magic/technology for changes to real history.
7. Now no one will realize how little you actually know about your historical period. Unless you write a blog entry admitting it.

(Patrick Samphire is the author of the upcoming MG Adventure, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, coming from Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt / Macmillan) in January 2016. Learn more about Patrick on his website and say hello to him on twitter @patricksamphire)

Heidi Heilig PictureHeidi Heilig: For starters, picking historical fantasy/time travel over straight up historical fiction made things easier when it came to research. In the world of the book, characters can travel to historical and mythological maps, so I am not tied strictly to widely-agreed-upon reality.

That said, accurate history can really make the fantasy aspect shine. When I did my research, reading was key for me, and I often went down the research rabbit hole for hours on something small that never made it into the final draft–or even the draft I was working on at the time. But that time wasn’t wasted–having all that information in a soup in my head made it easy to pick small things out and weave them into a detailed story.

Obviously, primary factual documents were very useful–boat time tables, newspaper articles–but I also found fiction of the time period very helpful for dialogue and speech cadence. Old pictures helped (the bulk of the story takes place in 1884 so there are some) and maps, of course, so I could see, for example, what areas of town smelled because they were near the tannery or how noisy things were due to proximity to the market. Paintings, art, or songs of the time helped me humanize the characters and understand what people filled their time with when they weren’t doing Important Book Things, because I have this tendency to see historical people as Very Serious.

In the future, I hope to be skilled enough to do straight up historical fiction. I love history. I think there are some issues that are universal. No matter when, teens are always growing up, or falling in love, or looking for their place in the world.

(Heidi Heilig’s debut YA Fantasy/Time Travel, The Girl from Everywhere, will be published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in February, 2016. You can learn more about her on her website and follow her on Twitter @heidiheilig.)

What are your thoughts on historical fiction? Do you use any of these techniques when you research? Please share you thoughts in the comments!

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42192. I'm an Into the Dark Ambassador!!

Hello fellow bloggers, Anna here! I was chosen to be one of Bree Despain's Into the Dark Ambassador! I'm super excited to be doing this. Bree is one of my top 5 favorite authors. Her first series; The Dark Divine is one of my favorites and forever will be. Bree is an amazing author and I am proud to announce that she has come out with a new series! Its called The Shadow Prince series and

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42193. Press Release Fun: The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference (Professional Development Credit!)

Howdy, folks.  You may recall that in the past I’ve mentioned that there’s a lovely 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference coming to NYC this June.  Well, for those of you with professional development credits to accrue, guess what?  You can get one by attending.  See below for more details:


presented by

21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference™

Teaching Literacy Through Nonfiction

Sunday, June 14, 2015 • Manhattan College, NYC • Smith Hall

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

1 CEU Professional Development Credit from Shippensburg University


The program includes these presentations:

-          Dr. Juliana Texley,  President of National Science Teachers Association, on …

The NSTA’s Online,Searchable Database of 10,000 Teacher-reviewed Books and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book List

-          Dr. Myra Zarnowski and Dr. Susan Turkel, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Queens College, on …

Creating a Science Curriculum that Incorporates Nonfiction Literature and Standards

-          Dr. Christine Royce, Teacher Education Department, Shippensburg University, on …

Teaching Science Through Nonfiction Trade Books

-          The United Federation of Teachers Teacher Center /Library of Congress on …

Teaching with Primary Sources: Connecting the Library of Congress Resources to the Common Core and Other Standards

PLUS … Continental breakfast, lunch, author signings, publisher exhibits, and Continuing Education Credit


Registration and details are at:  http://teachers.21cnfc.com/


Sally Isaacs

Co-chair, 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference



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42194. A Jelly-Fish by Marianne Moore

A Jelly Fish Visible, invisible, a fluctuating charm an amber-tinctured amethyst inhabits it, your arm approaches and it opens and it closes; you had meant to catch it and it quivers; you abandon your intent. - Marianne Moore

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42195. TURNING PAGES: THE LUMBERJANES Vol 1, by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, and Shannon Watters

It's a truth acknowledged universally &tc. that I am not the artsy person in this blog duo. A.F. - she draws, she's Cybil'd, she has the degree, etc. - so she has the relationships with the graphic novel companies the graphics are her schtick. I...... Read the rest of this post

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42196. PO-EMotion -- Sorrow

Flickr Creative Commons photo by jenny downing

Table set for two
even though one of the chairs
has long been empty.

The kibble
in the cat's bowl
gathers dust.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

Carol, at Carol's Corner, will join me again this year as often as possible.

Kimberly, at iWrite in Maine, is joining me this month. 
Kay, at A Journey Through the Pages, is joining, too!

Steve, at inside the dog, is sharing his poems 
in the comments at Poetrepository.

Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.

Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.

Robyn has today's Poetry Friday Roundup at Life on the Deckle Edge.

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42197. Video- Mahila Diwas



वैसे तो महिलाए पूरा साल अपने कार्य मे लगी रहती है पर महिला दिवस एक खास दिन बना दिया गया है. इस दिन सरकारी गैर सरकारी ढेरों प्रोग्राम होते हैं और बहुत संख्या मे महिलाए कार्यक्रम मे आती है

सिरसा मे एक ऐसे ही कार्यक्रम मे महिलाओ को सम्बोधित और प्रेरित  करती हुई …

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42198. Ready to Paint, photo, © 2015 Lisa Firke. Unnaturally clean...

Ready to Paint, photo, © 2015 Lisa Firke.

Unnaturally clean tabletop

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42199. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lauren Castillo

“I run to my dad. I’m really bawling. ‘I’m not for sale, am I? You wouldn’t sell me, would you?’ My dad drops the garden chair he’s holding. ‘Not for a million, trillion dollars,’ he says. ‘Not ever, ever, ever.’ He wipes my nose.
Suddenly my mom’s there and we are all hugging at once.”
– Sketch, line art, and final art from Eve Bunting’s
Yard Sale,
illustrated by Lauren Castillo

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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about a Belgian import, Jan De Kinder’s Red (Eerdmans, March 2015). That is here.

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Since I wrote last week (here) about Eve Bunting’s Yard Sale (Candlewick, April 2015), illustrated by Lauren Castillo, I’ve got some art from the book, as well as some of Lauren’s early sketches and line art for some of the spreads.


From the sketchbooks



Early version of opening spread
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Sketch, line art, and final art: “Today there are a lot of people walking around our front yard, picking up things, asking the price, though Mom and Dad
already put prices on them.”

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Sketch and line art
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Sketch, line art, and final art: “I suddenly see a man loading my bike into the back of his truck. I rush over to him and grab one of the wheels. I’m really angry. ‘You can’t take this,’ I say, pulling on it. “It’s mine.’ ‘Oh!’ The man looks surprised, but he sets the bike on the grass. ‘I’m sorry. I just bought it. Was it not meant to be for sale?'”
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Sketch and line art
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YARD SALE. Text copyright © 2015 by Eve Bunting. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Lauren Castillo. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA. Sketches and line art reproduced by permission of Lauren Castillo.

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42200. PEN Literary Awards shortlists

       They've announced the shortlists for the (many) PEN Literary Awards.
       Of most interest to me (also but not solely because I haven't reviewed any of the shortlisted titles in any of the other categories): the PEN Translation Prize.
       The final five are:

       Only one of these titles also made the Best Translated Book Award longlist (of 25 titles) -- Baboon -- but I'm pleased to see the Bitov figure in the final five here, too.

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