This month, the best selling young adult titles include books by super-talents Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Dessen.Add a Comment
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In anticipation of Shakespeare celebrations next year, we asked Oxford University Press and Oxford University staff members to choose their favourite Shakespeare adaptation. From classic to contemporary, the obscure to the infamous, we've collected a whole range of faithful and quirky translations from play text to film. Did your favourite film or television programme make the list?Add a Comment
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I adore this little book trailer about a penguin who longs to fly. Has anybody seen the book yet? (Click the image to watch on YouTube.)
In the Daily Record they're reporting that Rebus author Ian Rankin aims to leave his literary archive to the National Library of Scotland.
He kindly wants to donate his archive -- including "his boxes of receipts, bills" -- though it's unclear how much insight his faded faxes will offer scholars:
"I was going through some boxes of stuff recently, stuff from the late 80s when the fax machine was god, and I had all these rolls of shiny fax paper, and they have now faded to blank sheets.(Quite a few of the Rebus-novels are under review at the complete review, beginning with the first, Knots and Crosses.) Add a Comment
"I have just got boxes full of blank sheets of paper, where faxes once were, probably from my publisher.
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घर परिवार और समय का महत्व
कल शाम एक जानकार से बात हो रही थी.बातों बातों में मैंने बताया कि एक टीवी पर बहुत ही अच्छा विज्ञापन आ रहा है जिसमे बेटी अपनी मां को बेटी कह कर पत्र लिखती है और उन्हें ब्लड प्रेशर चैक करने की मशीन भेजती है और लिखती है तुम्हें इसकी जरुररत है तुम्हारी मां … !!पर मेरी इस बात पर वो जानकार उदास हो गईं और बोली कि तुम तो लिखती रहती हो ब्लाग …क्या मेरी बात को लिख दोगी…
मैंने कहा, अरे क्यो नही आप बताईए तो … इस पर वो बोली कि उनकी शादी बहुत अमीर घर मे हुई. हर तरह की सुख सुविधाएं थी. सारा समय किट्टी पार्टी, सोशल वर्क में लगी रही और घर के लिए समय नही दिया. पति वैसे भी ज्यादातर बाहर रहते और उन्होनें दूसरी शादी भी कर ली थी जिसका उन्हें बहुत बाद में पता चला… बेटा पहली क्लास में हुआ तो मसूरी होस्टल भेज दिया ताकि झंझट ही न रहे… बेटे से मिलने जब भी जाते तो उनके दोस्तों की पूरी फौज जाती ताकि सैर सपाटा और आऊटिंग भी हो जाए…
कभी उसके बालमन को जानने की कोशिश नही की कि उसे भी मेरी, घर की याद आती होगी.. वो भी मेरी गोदी चाह्ता होगा मुझसे लिपट कर रोना चाह्ता होगा. शिकायत करना चाहता होगा … जाने अनजाने बहुत दूर कर लिया मैने उसे अपने आप से … आज वो विदेश में है और शादी कर ली है दो बच्चे भी हैं और खुश है अपनी दुनिया में … आज मैं उसे याद करती हूं मुझे उसकी जरुरत है पर किस मुंह से बुलाऊं … आज बहुत पछतावा है .. काश मैंने उसे समय दिया होता…. काश उसके बालो पर हाथ फेरा होता…. काश उसे थपकी देकर सुलाया होता तो …आज सब कुछ है मेरे पास पर फिर भी कुछ नही है … बिल्कुल सुनसान है घर … और बेटे की बनाई कुछ तस्वीरे दिखाने लगीं …
भरे हुए गले से वो तस्वीरे दिखाए जा रही थी और मैं अपने आंसुओं को चाह कर भी रोक नही पा रही थी. मैं बस उसका हाथ पकड कर उन्हें सिवाय दिलासा देने के कुछ नही कह पाई और बाहर आकर सोचने लगी कि बहुत जरुरी है अपने परिवार अपने बच्चों को समय देना. ये हमारी सबसे बडी दौलत हैं और इन्हे सहेजना हमारा कर्तव्य… बच्चों के अच्छे भविष्य के लिए बाहर भेजना कोई गलत नही पर जब वो छुटटियों में घर आए या जब हम मिलने जाए तो पूरा स्नेह दर्शाना बहुत जरुरी है… नही तो जैसे मेरी ये जानकार दुखी हैं और पछता रहीं है और रो रही है वैसे हमे भी इसका सामना न करना पडे… बच्चों का अपने पेरेंट्स और पेरेंटस अपने बच्चों की तरफ लगाव और प्यार सदा बना रहे…
घर परिवार और समय का महत्व आपको कैसा लगा …!!! अगर आप भी अपना कोई अनुभव सांझा करना चाहें तो आपका स्वागत है !!!Add a Comment
Blog: Tiny Tips for Library Fun (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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The last few weeks have given me a chance to celebrate and network with librarians working in small libraries at two special events that reminded me again of my abiding respect and enthusiasm for those working in libraries serving small communities.
In September, I was one of the teaching facilitators for an intensive three day Wisconsin Youth Services Leadership Institute. Twenty-five library staffers involved with youth work, almost all from small libraries, were selected from over sixty applicants.
At the beginning, many felt that they didn't deserve to be called librarians because they lacked a master's degree. Over the course of the three days, through workshops on history, advocacy, leadership and more; through many individual and group conversations and expressions of mutual support for each other; and through some eye-opening goal setting, all the participants claimed their title as librarians and leaders doing great things for their communities in libraries.
Then I attended the recent Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference. I had long heard that this was one of the best library conferences out there and I can't disagree. Fifty-nine break-out session presentations; five major speakers at meals throughout the 2.5 day conference; and plenty of support for everyone to network and talk together during breaks, dine-arounds and receptions. The organizers made sure everyone felt welcomed.
I heard over and over people talking about colleagues they met from all over the country with similar situations (both triumphs and tears) and how great it was to touch base and connect. The focus on issues and concerns specific to the those working in small libraries had alot of meat for people from larger libraries and I found myself tugged between many great sessions scheduled opposite each other (eight programs per time slot!!).
Perhaps my favorite part was how many presenters were from small libraries sharing their expertise. It was great to hear new voices and ideas and perspectives and worth the price of admission. When I go to conferences, I love to hear from people working in many different library situations and my favorite panels are those that are made up of voices from multiple libraries of various sizes and regions.
As a longtime freelance storyteller in my state, I had the opportunity to go to many, very small libraries over the years. Each time I learned some new cool idea, some tip or trick, an arrangement of collections or services that was, well, completely brilliant. The creative librarians at many of these libraries became my role models, my go-to inspiration and pals.
Their work was echoed again in these two conferences and reinforces one of my deep and abiding beliefs. We are all librarians - regardless of education, all community advocates, all dedicated altruists who believe in the power of reading to change lives and that librarians from medium and large libraries have a TON to learn from our colleagues in small libraries.
Small is beautiful!
Of course, I had to have it and it was available on iBooks, so...
It's proving an enjoyable read. There are quite a few history-themed cook books out there, yes. I have a few myself. The Heston Blumenthal one about medieval cooking is great! But it's more of a history book than a cookbook. Which is fine for research and even a bit for cooking.
But this one has a bit of everything and it's not just "how to cook the way they did in medieval Spain" or even "how Jews cooked in medieval Spain" but about what could happen to you in Spain if you were caught cooking in a certain way or at certain times that might suggest you were secretly Jewish, especially after the Inquisition turned up. And a lot of these recipes are based on trial records, when people's neighbours and servants noticed that someone was doing things the Jewish way, maybe too fond of eggplant and chick peas, cooking your Saturday meal on Friday, having a salad with the girls on Saturday arvo... The evidence against one man who was burned at the stake included a type of casserole he had cooked! This has to be the first cookbook I've read where cooking could get you killed.
The authors have found recipes in a number of medieval Spanish and Moorish cookbooks that sounded like the ones mentioned in the trial records. They have made sure the ingredients were available in your average supermarket. And since so many have a lot of saffron in them(as they say, if you used the amount given in some of the recipes you'd have to take out a second mortgage!), they only include saffron where you really can't manage without it. If you just want the colouring, they say, turmeric will do.
Anyway, it looks good so far. I'm hoping to find something I can try, for which I have the ingredients in my pantry, fridge or fruit bowl!
Meanwhile, back to the book.
Via I'm pointed to the report at Harvard University's Houghton Library's weblog, Modern Books and Manuscripts, that Maurice Blanchot papers acquired by Harvard -- some twenty cartons worth.
I suspect not everything is ... revelatory ("Real estate transactions including the sale of 48 rue Madame, 27 rue de Vaugirard. 1 folder" or "Wall calendars: 1965, 1971"), but a lot is intriguing -- including the: "Correspondence including Jacques Derrida, Edmond Jabès, Monique Antelme, Jacques Abeille, René Char, and presidents of France" (presidents ! plural !).
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For many commentators the 2015 General Election was the first genuinely ‘anti-political’ election but at the same time it was one in which the existence of a major debate about the nature of British democracy served to politicize huge sections of society.
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and a couple commissions. haven't been great at blogging this week...:( Add a Comment
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October 5 is World Teachers' Day. Thank you, teachers, for all you do!Add a Comment
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After ten years, it's time for a change. I've moved to a new blog platform, and have other changes planned. Don't worry, I'll still be covering mainly children's and YA fantasy and science fiction, but I hope to post more frequently and be a little more relaxed about it. Please see the new blog at blog.wandsandworlds.com and don't forget to update your blog reader!Add a Comment
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|Khasra by Moonlight by James Gurney, 12 x 18 inches, oil on board|
I quickly discovered that I had to move the actual lighting position quite far to the left, much farther to the left than the position of the moon in the painting.
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Not going to NYCC this year? Sure you could spend hours hunched over the computer waiting for the latest news to come out of the Javits center or if you like a little punk rock with your reading you can spend that Saturday enjoying a full day of art, literature, and music in San Bernardino CA […]Add a Comment
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- Sat, 22:39: So, I am moving right after the book festival, I am planning the book festival (one week), I have eight million... http://t.co/SDA5HWPq5r
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It’s ALSC professional award season and our goal this year is to see you apply for one of these great grants and scholarships. To help you understand why, we’ve prepared a list of the top ten reasons why you should apply for award or grant this fall!
1. Programs are expense
ALSC has a bunch of great grants that will help cover the cost of materials, speakers fees, and other assorted costs.
2. Your boss will love it
Nothing says, go-getter like going and getting a grant or award. Especially for early-career professionals! Go get ’em!
3. Your community will love it
Awards and grants are great public relations fodder. When you win, you can share the news with your local newspaper. Brag a little!
4. A gateway to becoming more involved
ALSC professional award winners are in a special community among themselves. Winning an award with ALSC shows that you are ready for bigger things. Think of the places you’ll go, for instance, if you won the Bechtel Fellowship and spent four week studying children’s literature at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library!
5. Take advantage of membership
Most ALSC professional awards are open to ALSC members, so make sure to use this benefit to your advantage.
6. Host a famous author or illustrator
This is specific to one amazing award…the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. You could bring a recognized author/illustrator to your school or library!
7. Showcase your great ideas
Think you have a really innovative and exceptional program? This is a great way to show it off. Apply for a grant like the Light the Way or Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant which recognize outstanding ideas.
8. We tailored these specifically to librarians involved in youth services
You’re probably already doing these things in your library, so why not get recognized for it?
9. You can also recognize someone else!
The ALSC Distinguished Service Award recognizes an ALSC member who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library services to children and ALSC. Know someone like that? Nominate him or her!
10. Money doesn’t grow on trees..nor do books!
Maybe your parents told you this at one point, but it’s true! ALSC grants and awards are a great way to supplement your library budget. If you’re in a small library that wants to build your collection, consider applying for the Bookapalooza program (applications open soon)!
Hurry! Many ALSC professional awards have deadlines of November 1, 2015.
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This October, the OUP Philosophy team are highlighting German social and political theorist Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) as their Philosopher of the Month. Known as the founder of revolutionary communism, Marx is credited as one of the most influential thinkers for his theoretical framework, widely known as Marxism.Add a Comment
Blog: Beth Kephart Books (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I had places to be, and I was saturated. I was a walking puddle, a character from a Peanuts cartoon.
I had two things in my bag, in my long walk from damp to embarrassing. One of them was Dana Reinhardt's oh-so-perfect forthcoming novel (I apologize in advance that you will have to wait for it until next spring), Tell Us Something True (Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Children's Books).
May I preface this by saying that I have enormous respect for Dana Reinhardt—as a writer, as a person. Despite her impressive breadth as an author, her astonishing talent with character, story, and sentences, and her cache of awards, you will not find her out there on the circuit showboating. You will not hear her raising toasts to herself.
So 1) I'm predisposed to love Dana Reinhardt, and 2) I felt hugely blessed to receive an early copy of her book. But 3) Even I could not imagine how utterly un-put-downable this new novel is. About a teenage boy who is dumped by a girl and finds himself (on his long walk home) standing before a fading sign—black words on white: A SECOND CHANCE.
This dumped kid, River: He feels he needs a second chance.
And so he enters into this community of teens who are struggling to break free of one kind of addiction or another. He feels at peace. It's his turn to talk and he fables up something. He confesses that he is addicted to weed. It's not true. It's not even close to true. But if River holds onto (then embellishes) this ready myth, he'll always have a chair in this circle.
He wants a chair in that circle.
This is the premise of Dana's book. But Dana never barters with mere premise. She is a storyteller with a heart, a writer (and a mom) who understands that characters make for story, not theses. That the honorable thing to do with a novelistic set-up is to find out who lives inside the chosen frame. Who really lives there. What they think. How they hope. How they screw up. How they take first steps toward forgiveness. How they continually readjust the way they see the world and themselves.
There's not a single throw-away character in Tell Us Something True. No cardboard constructions representing An Idea. There are best friends, an adorable half sister, good parents, white neighborhoods, Mexican ones, missed buses, the romance of imagination. There's humor and infinite humanity. There's line after line of prose so good I kept pumping my fist, and let me tell you something: I didn't want this book to end.
I despair, sometimes, at the YA category. At trends that suffocate original impulses. At books that sell on the basis of a hook and authorial ambition (and little else). At copy cat voices. At plot-point checklists. At self-serving declarations. At marketing machines.
But then along comes Dana Reinhardt, who writes character and considered plots, who quietly, then boldly escalates her ideas, who gets you all caught up inside the family of action, who leaves you running from place to place in a storm, desperate to return to her story.
Tell Us Something True is hope; it is humanity; it offers a master class in ultimately accepting our own impossible imperfections. Original, funny, wrenching, real, and intelligently surprising, it's bound to endure. It might even heal the many cracks between us.
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I want to do something special for my readers, so for the next three days (October 4-6) Something Within will be available on Amazon (Kindle Direct) for FREE download! Pass the word! I am busily typing away book two. I'm up to chapter 19, and the plot is thickening! *squee!* I'll be posting a tid-bit or two shortly, but unitl then...happy reading! :)Add a Comment
Blog: Beth Kephart Books (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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That story can be found in full here, along with an invitation to join me and Marciarose Shestack at the Free Library of Philadelphia this coming Wednesday evening, at 7:30, as we talk about our love for this city. Add a Comment
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Hey there, dear kickers. I had a post lined up today, saying that I’d be taking a week-long blog break. A couple months ago, I received the James Marshall Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. That means I’m going to head up there to look through the papers of author-illustrator James Marshall. (Big fan here of his work. I’m excited!) I was going to do that this week, but plans have changed. My father is actually on hospice and is, I think, nearing the end. So, I’ll do that trip another day, another time.
But that sudden change in plans left me with nothing to post today, especially since I’m out at my parents’ house. You all know it breaks my heart to put up a post without any art. I decided to ask the talented Moira Birch Swiatkowski, a regular kicker herself (and an artist previously featured here at 7-Imp), if she could share some art. She gave me permission to pick whatever image I wanted from her site, and I thought the above image was fitting. As you can read here, it’s all about breakfast and all about fathers.
Since I’m around this week after all, please do leave your kicks, if you’re so inclined.
[Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.]Display Comments Add a Comment
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Luckily they were perfect for A5 books, of which I have quite a few. We chose a selection of different subjects, for visual impact, but also to get across the idea that you can sketch anything. I was keen to show work in various media too, because for me, sketchbooks are about experimentation and having fun, rather than creating predicable results.
If you are thinking of going to take a look, you have until October 21st.
There is also currently an Urban Sketching exhibition on, with drawings by artist Terry Chipp. There's free parking for 2 hours on the street outside the gallery too. What more could anyone want?
Blog: Kid Lit Reviews (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet— Count the Birds — Book of Colors Written by Zoe Burke Illustrated by Charley Harper Pomegranate Kids 6/30/2015 978-0-7649-7233-1 — 978-0-7649-7246-1 — 978-0-7649-7261-4 20 pages Age 1—3 Today is not December 8th, but that is the date of Charley Harper Day in Cincinnati, Ohio where Mr. Harper …Add a Comment
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