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901. New Daniel Radcliffe Interview with “We Got This Covered”

Daniel Radcliffe has been promoting his new film, Victor Frankenstein, by making a lot of appearances on shows, podcasts, and in interviews with many news sources.

Dan recently sat down for an exclusive interview with We Got This CoveredIn the interview, Dan discussed his character, Igor, working with James McAvoy, and filming in Scotland. Excerpts of the interview can be seen below:


WGTC: What attracted you to this project in the first place? It’s kind of a different take on the classic story that we all know and love.

Daniel Radcliffe: Everyone has an image of Igor as Victor Frankenstein’s hunched over assistant, like Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein. People are expecting to see that, and I felt it was important to be faithful to that image as we open the film. But that image changes about twenty minutes into the film when Victor rescues me, then takes me in and breaks my spine, which is a very intense and painful scene. Then Victor drains Igor’s hump.

What fascinated me about the script was how it revealed Igor’s backstory, how he lived before he met Victor. Everyone has an image and perception of Igor, based on what they’ve seen in the films, and I liked how the script subverted all of my expectations. In the 1931 film the creature was born in the middle of the story; in this film the creature is finished towards the end, so the story is mostly about the relationship between Igor and Victor.

WGTC: What do you think Igor sees in Victor? Why does he help him? 

Daniel Radcliffe: When you first see me, I’m a freak show attraction being controlled by Barnaby, who’s played by Daniel Mays, and I’m living in absolute squalor. Igor has been mistreated; he lives in abject conditions and doesn’t even have a name. But he has a brilliant mind. He’s saved by Victor, who shows him great kindness and recognizes Igor’s intelligence and talent. After he breaks my spine, I begin helping Victor with his experiments.

WGTC: What was it like filming in Scotland, and what did that bring to the film?

Daniel Radcliffe: Well, we filmed the main castle sequence, the climax, in January, when it was freezing cold, and they had all of these rain machines pouring down on James and I for two weeks.

There was this little room, a hot room, two-by-three, where we could run for cover and get warm, which we did every time there was a break. The conditions made the scenes seem real to us, and Paul was very good at letting James and I find the characters and play around. It’s a beautiful looking film, classic, gothic, but also very dark at times, and I think that, tonally and visually, it’s very faithful to the original film.


The entire interview can be read here, in the original articleVictor Frankenstein comes out in less than 2 weeks, on November 25.

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902. happy birthday to this legend!!!

starry eyed mickey
12x12 acrylic on canvas
i debated whether or not to *share* this on my blog (as you won't find it on my website or my public facebook page) because it's disney and we all know how disney is with their characters/copyrights (rightfully so). however...

after some dark days recently in the world (and the fact that it is this legend's birthday today) well, i thought i would brighten up the times with some COLOR and HAPPINESS! i mean c'mon, how can you not SMILE when you see Mickey Mouse?! :)

***{i am NOT a fan of painting other people's characters, especially so spot on, for obvious reasons although i know people do it all the time. this was a special request from a friend who is a HUGE Mickey fan. my head is overflowing with ideas for my own work so therefore i am NOT taking commissions for things such as this. anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me for something special...be it a custom painting or drawing. i'd be more than happy to accommodate you.}***

this guy though...not too shabby for 87, eh? ;)

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903. Quickly added Christmas Cheer

I bought Dragonframe- a stop motion program.
Man it is so cool.
There's a lot of the stop motion craft I don't know-
especially camera stuff- but I can easily see that so much has been thought out in the program- a weird and novel  delight to see in software.
I think the beauty of stop motion is that even if it is "craptastic" - somehow watching it you forgive any technical deficiencies.
Anyway- makes me feel like a kid again....
which is nice.

Also bought Autodesk sketchbook- I only have photoshop CS5 but as a drawing program it sucks mightily- primarily because of the appalling jaggies/aliasing/stepping as it reads your pen stroke.
Hadn't occurred to me how singularly bad it is until I've recently tried:
Manga Studio
and none of them have the same problem/suck so much.

Actually sketchbook has piqued my interest in concept art again- and plain drawing - so again excited to give it a go with the new tools.

Did a very quick replacement dinosaur for the banner.
Added a hat for christmas.

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904. Press Release Fun: Picture Book Summit Yields Big Rewards for We Need Diverse Books

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton




Picture Book Summit 2015 Raises Over $7000 for

We Need Diverse Books


Event Featured Mac Barnett, Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Other Top Children’s Authors


New York, NY – The first annual Picture Book Summit, an international online conference for children’s picture book authors, raised more than $7000 for the nonprofit group We Need Diverse Books. The announcement was made at New York Media Works, the headquarters of Kidlit.TV – a sponsor of Picture Book Summit.

Picture Book Summit 2015 took place on October 3rd, and featured keynotes from bestselling authors Mac Barnett, Peter Brown and Andrea Davis Pinkney, as well as workshops led by the co-founders and panel discussions with editors and agents. Hundreds of working and aspiring children’s book writers attended the event, logging in from six continents.

“We’re thrilled to be making this contribution,” said children’s book author and Picture Book Summit co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton. “We’d hoped to raise a significant amount, but attendance at the Summit exceeded our expectations – so our contribution was even greater than we’d hoped.

“We selected We Need Diverse Books as this year’s recipient because of the great work they’re doing bringing awareness to this important cause,” added author/illustrator and Picture Book Summit cofounder, Katie Davis.

The five founders of Picture Book Summit – including author Julie Hedlund, and Jon Bard and Laura Backes of Children’s Book Insider – are longtime colleagues and friends who joined forces to create a unique event to help working and aspiring picture book authors improve their craft and chances of publication.

In addition to Kidlit.TV, sponsors for Picture Book Summit 2015 included the Institute of Children’s Literature, the 12 X 12 Picture Book Challenge, Just Write Children’s Books, and Children’s Book Insider.

We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. The organization recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. According to WNDB president, Ellen Oh, the Picture Book Summit contribution will be used to support the WNDB in the Classroom program – an initiative that brings diverse authors and their books into Title One schools.

The 2016 Picture Book Summit is scheduled for October 1st, 2016. For more information, visit http://picturebooksummit.com.


Emma Walton Hamilton (r) and Katie Davis (l) of Picture Book Summit present a donation to Ellen Oh (c-r) and Dhonielle Clayton (c-l) of We Need Diverse Books at New York Media Works on November 16. Picture Book Summit, the largest ever one day online picture book-writing conference, raised more than $7000 for the nonprofit.


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905. Pixar’s Biggest Fan Reports from ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Premiere

Last night Pixar’s new film The Good Dinosaur had its premiere in Los Angeles. We invited a Pixar mega-fan to send us his personal report from the premiere:

“The premiere was wonderful, and it was a memorable evening for the film’s director Pete Sohn.”

“But it was an even more memorable evening for me…John Lasseter.”

“It was fun to see intimate conversations, like this one that Pete is having with ‘Good Dino’ voice actors A. J. Buckley and Raymond Ochoa.”

“Guys, is there room for me in here?”

“Let’s get a photo, A. J.”

“O.K., can I have a hug, too?”

“Hey Pete, let’s get a photo of us with your film’s producer Denise Ream!”

“That was fun, but now let’s just get one of me by myself.”


“Thanks for letting me be in this one, guys!gooddino_premiere_9a

“Come closer, little Raymond!”

“All my favorite celebrities were there, like the legendary actor Sam Elliott.”

“…and Anna Paquin.”

“The governor of the great state of Wyoming, Matt Mead, even asked to take his photo with me.”

“These guys said they worked for the Disney Company, but I never heard of them.”

“It was a fun night until my wife Nancy said we had to leave. Ugh!”


“But I had a great time! I can’t wait until the premiere of Pixar’s next film!”

(All photos © 2015 Getty Images. Photos by Alberto E. Rodriguez and Jesse Grant.)

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906. All about the fine quality black line: An interview with Victor Ambrus

Since I began championing children’s book on this website I’ve had a lovely game I indulgently play in my head: Who would I interview if I could interview anyone?

Over the years one name repeatedly popped up, but I didn’t dare act on my daydreams until very recently. It all started earlier this year when Dick King Smith’s The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm arrived on my desk. Published in a fantastic new edition by Barrington Stoke as part of their covetable Little Gems series, it featured illustrations by none other than the subject of my aforementioned daydreams: Victor Ambrus. Victor turned 80 this year, and I hadn’t realised that he was still working and so the flame on my candle of hope burned a little brighter, but my bravery still stumbled.


Then last month another Barrington Stoke book made its way into my hands. The Seal’s Fate by Eoin Colfer is also illustrated by Victor Ambrus, and I was so moved by the visual and verbal storytelling, it gave me the courage I needed. It’s a powerful book I’d really like to tell everyone about and it provided me with the final spur on to make an interview request.


Victor Ambrus has won the Kate Greenaway medal twice (for ‘The Three Poor Tailors’ [1965] and ‘Horses in Battle'[1975]) and has illustrated more than 300 books. His historical illustrations showing archaeological interpretations were featured on Channel 4’s Time Team for 20 years. Indeed, his passion for illustrating history has been central to his career, both in children’s book illustration and also in adult non-fiction. Ambrus’ animal illustrations are also especially highly regarded and have formed another constant strand in his work, from his illustrations for K.M. Peyton’s Flambards series right up to his two newest books with the grimy humour of the rats and the soft, sweet eyes of the seal.

And thus the time came for me to interview Victor over the phone. Victor was born in Hungary in 1935 and I started by asking what sort of reading life he had had as a child, what books he had loved. I was all ready to look up lots of Hungarian authors (and quite keen to do so, as I studied Hungarian literature at University) but “no, there were numerous books, but they were all English books – in translation of course. I was bought up on things like Winnie the Pooh!” Many were given to him as presents and one of his favourite books was Ursula Moray Williams’ ‘Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse’. It was, however, the books of Arthur Rackham that in many ways changed his life forever. “He was a huge influence on me… and he meant that I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil!


Victor’s immediately family weren’t especially artistic (though he grew up with tales of a particularly talented uncle who had died young during the influenza epidemic following the First World War), but they were immensely supportive of Victor’s growing interest in drawing. Victor’s father, an industrial chemist, was especially encouraging: “He was convinced I was going to be an artist when I grew up.

Victor’s passion for historical illustration was laid down as a child: “I just drew and drew and drew and enjoyed it. I illustrated anything that I read – books on history, poems… in fact I did a vast number of drawings of the fights we Hungarians had with the Turks in the 17th century.

But then there came a point where I had to enter grammar school. But I still kept drawing and drawing and eventually I got to a point where I could apply for the Academy of Fine Art, a very fine, traditional school offering a classical training in drawing, including anatomy and all sorts of things you don’t often get these days. But illustration per se didn’t come into my training actually. It was all terribly straight-laced. Illustration was just something I did for myself.

Victor’s education and training at the Academy of Fine Art was cut short in awful circumstances. In 1956 the Soviet Union invaded Hungary and life in Budapest became very hard. There came a point where Victor had to make what he himself describes as “a kind of life or death decision”; to leave Hungary and seek refuge abroad.

It was very demanding physical conditions. There was heavy snow you had to walk through all night to get across the border. It was a kind of life or death decision. I had to leave family behind. I actually had no choice. They had a list of people who were attempting to hold the Academy building against the Russian tanks. I was one of these people… but I did a very bad job at it. It was terribly frightening. Eventually they cornered us in the basement of the building and they executed eight of us on the spot – four students and four regular [Hungarian] army soldiers. I was lucky to survive it.

Victor eventually made his way to the Austrian border and from there he chose to make England his new home, with the much-loved books and illustrations from his childhood very much in mind. He ended up in Farnham and from there applied to the Royal College of Art. Education there was quite different to that Victor had experienced in Budapest’s Academy of Fine Art: “The Royal College was very much more liberal. It was a kind of a loosening up process.

Victor’s early work included a lot of lithographs and etchings. “Etchings have played a big influence in my life because they produce fine quality lines and nice deep tones which appeal to me, even though I haven’t made any for quite some time because of you need quite sophisticated machinery, making it hard to do at home. Still, I was almost addicted to using very fine lines and my early illustrations are very like etchings except that they were not actually printed etched into glass plates – rather, I just used a very fine nib.

I’m very curious about this passion for etching and how that tallies with Victor’s style now which to me seems much more fluid, looser and more vibrant than is typically achieved with the precise lines in etching. Was this something Victor himself recognised? “Yes, I turned away from this approach, probably because of the subjects I was getting – I was getting a lot of free flowing, fast action historical illustrations, where people might be riding a horse or fighting, and to start using very fine etching lines was not practical. It took a long time and gave the wrong effect. It became very laboured.

And then at this time when I was getting going, colour illustration came in in a big way and so I got into colour and my approach changed somewhat. I’d draw things up very quickly in pencil making sure everything moved the way I wanted it to and then I’d apply colour and more sweeping lines. But thinking about colour… funnily enough I think black is a very important thing in my drawings. I like to have the impact of black in an illustration – once I have heavy black lines I can use more intense colours. In a way the black boosts the colours I use, it makes the colour really work.

Victor uses ink and also water soluble pencils for his black lines and part of the secret to the way he uses them is that “the most intensive black goes down when the illustration is done – then I can see exactly where it is needed, where it needs a punch.


But taking a step back, to explore a little further this change in approach, this development in Victor’s illustrative style. It was whilst at the Royal College that Victor had a stroke of luck which led to his breakthrough as a book illustrator. He was commissioned by Blackie and Sons to illustrate a book with a lot of horses – a love of Victor’s since his youth spent working on the great Hungarian plains where he would often witness large groups of semi-wild horses in their natural habitat. That books was White Horses and Black Bulls by Alan C Jenkins and on the back of a review in the Times Literary Supplement which included two of Victor’s illustrations (“It caused quite a stir!”) suddenly a stream of horse-related illustration commissions started flowing Victor’s way.

Luckily I love drawing horses… why? because they are so complicated… so impressive!

At that point, Victor couldn’t himself ride but as he received more and more historical illustration commissions he realised this would have to change if he wanted his pictures to be authentic; it was very important to him to accurately capture how people sit when they are riding.

This commitment to detail, this concern for accuracy is another mainstay in all of Victor’s work: “I really enjoy the research. It’s important as otherwise the illustrations don’t feel convincing. It’s got to be right!

On occasion, however, this drive for authenticity has led him into a spot of bother: “Well I didn’t know how they used a sword on horseback. Now I happened to have a sword and so I took it out and practised with it. I rode in the local forest where there were a lot of pine trees and I would take aim at a branch, swipe at it and see what was the best way of cutting it. Oh I enjoyed it! But then I had to stop because one day a swipe revealed a white-faced mushroom picker who was scared out of his skin. I hadn’t realised he was there and at that point I thought I’d better not do this any more and so I put the sword away.

Another area of great interest for Victor when it comes to illustration, especially historical illustration, is costume and clothing. Whilst he studied at the Royal College he spent many hours just down the road in the Victoria and Albert Museum. “I’d sooner illustrate any period but the modern because the clothes are boring – there’s no colour – whereas the 17th, 18th century… ah, they are fabulous!” I’m very sorry when later in our conversation I find out that Victor’s own wardrobe at home isn’t full of the colourful and rich outfits he loves to draw.

An interior illustration from The Seal's Fate

An interior illustration from The Seal’s Fate

As well as historical illustrations, Victor has always enjoyed drawing animals. And not just horses. “I’ve spent a lot of time in zoos. One of my favourite drawings I did in London Zoo, of a fantastic male gorilla. He sat there and stared at me for a long time and when I finished the drawing and walked away he came up to the fence, right up to the edge. And other people nearby said, ‘Show him, show him your picture of him,’ and so I turned around and showed the picture to him and it was quite amazing. He took it all in, with his eyes wide open. I don’t know what he thought of it but he was definitely puzzled.

Animals have not always been so appreciative of being drawn by Victor though. “Once I was drawing a lovely big parrot who was on the end of a long post, at the far end, and I was drawing him and enjoying myself until he started to move up the post step by step. He came right up close to me and then it was absolutely amazing – he looked at me and reached forward and took the pencil from my hand, snapped it into two and chucked it behind him and walked off! I thought it was a devastating piece of criticism of my efforts! I was utterly speechless!

Being observed whilst drawing is something which has played an important role throughout Victor’s career. For many people, he will be most famous as the illustrator for Channel 4’s Time Team (one of my own favourite programmes as a child), where archaeologists had three days to excavate a site, and Victor would draw interpretations of the site and archaeological finds, being watched whilst he did so not only by members of the public visiting the excavations but also by millions on TV.

And it’s actually all thanks to The Reader’s Digest that Victor became part of the brilliant Time Team crew. One day in a Bristol library, the director of Time Team came across Victor’s illustrations in a history of Britain published by The Reader’s Digest. A phone call later and the two of them met. “‘Can you draw quickly?’ ‘Ah.. yes, I can try’ ‘Well, draw a portrait of me then,’ and so I drew a quick-as-lightning pencil drawing of him and he was suitably impressed and the following week I was invited to go to Oxfordshire…” and the rest, as they say, is history, with the programme running for 20 years.

It was a wonderful opportunity to see places you’d never get to … all sorts of weird places and drawing all different things. Of course it was sometimes a bit of an ordeal because your hands get so cold drawing outside, but the hand-drawn illustrations brought something special – by being hand-drawn, the image is more alive, it is saying this how it could have been, whereas a computer printout will say this is how it was and there is no argument.

Did Victor ever get to have a go at digging? “It appealed to me – oh yes – but they never let me near the ground. I used to try to persuade Phil Harding [one of the Time Team Archaeologists] to let me have a dig but he would snarl at me and tell me to keep my hands out of the ground and keep on with my drawing!

Copyright: Emilia Krysztofiak Rua Photography 2012

A sample of Victor Ambrus’s illustrations at Athlone Castle. Copyright: Emilia Krysztofiak Rua Photography 2012

And keeping on with his drawing is what Victor has been doing and continues to do, even as he enters his ninth decade. Recent commissions include creating illustrations for the museum at Athlone Castle in the Republic of Ireland, an opportunity to return to his beloved 17th century, horses and interesting clothes, but also a chance to steep himself in the landscape and people of Ireland – a boon when it came to illustrating his most recently published book for children, The Seal’s Fate. And right now he is steeped in the history of Somerset whilst he finishes off a big project for the Taunton Castle Museum, covering Somerset from its prehistory “up to Butlins!

But being busy drawing makes Victor happy. “I couldn’t imagine it otherwise. I’d miss it if I wasn’t drawing. I’m just obsessed with drawing. Even when I’m not drawing I might be thinking about drawing.” And with 300 books and a lifetime of illustrating under his belt, what advice would he have for children who were interested in illustrating?

Draw and draw and draw. And it’s important not just to do the drawing you have to do, but to draw for yourself, just to please yourself.


Victor AmbrussmallI’m indebted to Victor for being so generous with his time and stories from his life. When I asked him to check over my interview notes and make any changes he wished to see, the only thing he wanted to add was that he has “a lovely wife and two big sons.” This, to me, speaks volumes of Victor’s understated modesty, charm and warmth which I hope has come across in this dream-come-true disguised as an interview.

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907. 2015 National Book Award Winners Announced

nationalbookawardThe National Book Award winners for 2015 were revealed tonight.

Adam Johnson won the Fiction award for Fortune Smiles published by Random House. Ta-Nehisi Coates won the Nonfiction award for Between the World and Me published by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Penguin Random House.

Robin Costa Lewis won the Poetry award for Voyage of the Sable Venus published by Alfred A. Knopf. Neal Shusterman won the Young People’s Literature award for Challenger Deep published by HarperTeen.

Click here to read free samples of all the books that made it onto the short list. Who was your favorite this year?

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908. Adam Reed Wins Three Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for Bee in the Sea

CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2015) – The judges of the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Adam Reed and his children’s book, BEE IN THE SEA, has been awarded in multiple categories:

* 1st Place in Newbie – First Time Author category

* 1st Place in the Animals/Pets category

* 2nd Place in Children’s Picture Books 5 & Younger

bee in the sea

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

“Writing children’s books has become somewhat of a hobby of mine, since my daughter was born earlier this year,” said Adam Reed, EVP of Thinkfactory Media. “This was my first published book and the moral of the story is that anyone can do anything if they just try, and funny enough for me it was just writing this book! Teaching life lessons is something every parent must do and this is a fun tale that I hope everyone shares with their children so we can empower them to go after their dreams.”

BEE IN THE SEA is a funny and adventurous story about a young bee who one day finds himself in the middle of the sea. Surrounded by curious sea creatures and fantastical ocean life, he undertakes a magical journey making many friends along the way. The book has an important message that children everywhere will respond to teaching them that if bees can swim and fish can fly, they too can do anything they try. It retails for $9.99 and can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For a complete list of winners, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

The next Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Submissions postmarked August 1, 2016 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show written by Radke. Final deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. The Early Bird deadline for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, which recognizes outstanding literature in all children’s books, is March 1, 2016. May 1, 2015 is the final deadline. For complete rules and submission forms for either contest, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice.

To learn more about Five Star Publications, celebrating 30 years of business in Chandler, Arizona, visit www.FiveStarPublications.com, email info@FiveStarPublications.com or call 480-940-8182.

Adam Reed is the Executive Vice President of Thinkfactory Media and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company including creative and business development, along with day-to-day production across all series. For the past 11 years, Reed has been instrumental in transitioning the company into a thriving mainstay network supplier and has been an integral part of every production the company has developed and produced.

He started Thinkfactory Media’s rapid growth by co-creating Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and was instrumental in developing a large unscripted slate for the company by producing hit shows such as: Marriage Boot Camp (We tv), Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (We tv), Married By Mom and Dad (TLC), Dead of Winter: The Donner Party (The Weather Channel), Vet School (Nat Geo WILD) Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime), as well as franchising the highest rated series in the history of TV One R&B Divas: Atlanta and R&B Divas: Los Angeles (TV One). Bee in the Sea is his first published children’s book.

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909. Comment on Draculiza by Bianca Bagatourian

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910. ‘Pretend You’re Mine’ Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top e-books in two major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups.

Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 18, 2015

1. Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score: “Luke Garrison is a hometown hero, a member of the National Guard ready to deploy again. Strong, sweet, and sexy, he doesn’t have a girlfriend and doesn’t want one. When the wildly beautiful Harper stumbles into his life, though, he realizes that she’s the perfect decoy. A fake girlfriend to keep his family off his back until he’s out on another mission.”

2. Monster Prick by Kendall Ryan: “That’s what I told Gracie when she informed me of her plan to pick some random guy she met online to get rid of her pesky virginity. If anyone is touching her, it’s going to be me.”

3. Roommates by Erin Leigh: “Life is full of expectations. For Brady Coldwell it’s always been about the game. Hockey is and always will be, his life. His family sacrificed everything to get him here and he won’t let them down. He knows what’s expected of him.”

4. Mechanic by Alexa Riley: “Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage. Since the second I laid my eyes on her, all I’ve wanted to do is get my dirty hands on her pure body. There’s one minor obstacle standing in my way, but I’ve got a plan. All I’ve got to do is claim her, and she’ll be mine forever.”

5. Undercover Love: A Billionaire Romance by Lucy Score: “Despite being smart, sassy, and driven, Ashley finds herself left out in the cold thanks to her fiancé Steve’s career. During a disastrous cocktail party, Ashley’s finds herself all alone after being ignored by Steve and humiliated by his ice queen colleague Victoria.”

6. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas: “My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He’s handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.”

7. Prince Albert by Sabrina Paige: “He’s the most famous one on the planet – wealthy, gorgeous, and a notorious playboy. He’s also the most conceited, insufferable, arrogant man I’ve ever met. Did I mention he’s a freaking prince? An actual, real life Prince Not-So-Charming.”

8. Arrogant Playboy by Winter Renshaw: “Noun. A moneyed man who spends his time enjoying himself, especially one who acts irresponsibly or is sexually promiscuous. Synonyms: ladies man, philanderer, womanizer. See Also: Beckham King.”

9. Fatal Terrain by Dale Brown: “The People’s Republic of China has launched a terrifying attack against Taiwan. Cold. Swift. Deadly. The U.S. isn’t willing to stand by and watch, but when they come to Taiwan’s aid, they’re dealt an unexpected blow from Chinese forces. It looks like the U.S. is going down..”

10. Call Me Killer: A Bad Boy Romance by Linda Barlow: “She doesn’t know they call me Killer. Used to be I could get any woman I wanted… I had the Harley, the tats, the ripped bod, the badass attitude. No ties, no commitments, no limits, no worries. Until a girl I was seeing vanished.”

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 18, 2015

1. Methods of Pulse Differentiation and Assessment 辨脉平脉法 Biàn Mài Píng Mài Fǎ 

2. Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills by George J. Siedel

3. Private Practice Preparedness – The Health Care Professional’s Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability 

4. A Guidebook to Inks,Paints And Functional Inks 

5. Naturally Flawless: A holistic approach to clear skin 

6. Balancing the Equation 

7. Credo – Economic beliefs in a world in crisis 

8. Aesthetic Resistance Programming 3 

9. Supercapacitors 101 – A home Inventors Handbook 

10. The Generous Qur’an: An accurate, modern English translation of the Qur’an, Islam’s holiest book. 

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911. Elsewhere

As the rain outside begins to turn to snow, my mind seems to be slowing down and coming up empty this evening. So I send you elsewhere:

  • An entertaining essay at Aeon about why English is such a weird language. If you are offended by Scandinavians being called “Scandies” do not read it, though they get high praise for contributing to the weirdness as do the Celts and the Normans.

  • Rebecca Solnit’s response to the Esquire Magazine list of 80 books every man should read. In a nutshell: “I looked at that list and all unbidden the thought arose, no wonder there are so many mass murders.”
  • Enjoy!

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    912. Internal Dialogue

    Internal thoughts, when used correctly, are necessary for your story.


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    913. The 10th Anniversary of the “Goblet of Fire” Film

    On November 18, 2005, mere months after the second-to-last Harry Potter book (Half-Blood Prince) was published and the end seemed to be drawing to scarily near, Warner Bros brought us back a few steps with the release of their adaption of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    They really did take us back a few steps. On this 10th anniversary of one of our beloved films, we will honor it, but we also want to be honest about it. It would be hard pressed to find a fan whose first reaction to seeing Goblet of Fire was at least tainted a little by confusion.

    As fans of the books, we tend to be huge critics of the theatrical adaptions: “Wait a sec, they cut out what? But that is important!” or “Wait a sec, I don’t remember that happening in the books.” This started occurring with fan reactions to Goblet of Fire. In fact, it set president for such critical reactions for the rest of the films. In away, that is a pretty monumental moment to mention on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the film.

    Here are our top 6 “Wait a sec…” moments from Goblet of Fire:

    1. The very distinct difference between “Book Dumbledore” and “Movie Dumbledore” (aka, the difference between Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and Michael Gambon as Dumbledore), becoming too apparent for the first time:


    2. Wait a sec…where is Dobby? (And Charlie Weasley for that matter.)


    3. Remember when the Weasley’s used Floo Powder to try and get to the Dursley’s and it went so terribly that it was absolutely hysterical….haha, nope?


    4. Wait a sec…if Rita Skeeter never turns into a beetle as her Animagus, how does she find out all that gossip?




    5. What’s up with the maze? Where’s all of the obstacles? The Sphinx and Aragog’s offspring?



    6. Need we even mention that all men in Goblet of Fire seemed to forget what a haircut was.




    But besides our criticisms, and the hard time we give Harry Potter directors (especially since Mike Newell only did Goblet of Fire) we are Harry Potter fans. We love pretty much anything Harry Potter, and we are as protective of the Harry Potter films as we are critical of them. Because we love them we are the only ones allowed to criticize them, no one else is allowed to be that mean.

    Here are the top 6 things we loved about Goblet of Fire:

    1. Hermione’s and Ron’s perfect Yule Ball outfits (Hermione’s gown and entrance!)



    2. The Yule Ball….ah, so beautiful.



    3. McGonagall using Ron as a dance partner when teaching the Gryffindors how to dance properly. LOL, that’s awkward in the best way possible:



    3. The Quidditch World Cup (that scene was pretty well executed, we must admit!)



    4. Cedric Diggory…Hufflepuff’s first moment of glory…




    5. Watching Malfoy being turned into a ferret…ah!



    6. David Tennant…’nough said.

    images (Wait a sec…) ZgJAdaA (There it is!)


    Happy 10th Anniversary Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! It’s been a wonderful love-hate relationship, and we plan to continue it for 10 more years to come. We can’t believe it’s been 10 years already.


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    914. The Choose Your Own Adventure Club (Adventure 6: Villains You Love to Hate)

    Almost all of us fell in love with Erin Bow's villain Linay when we read Plain Kate for last year's FYA Book Club.  He's so perfectly conflicted and sympathetic but also a horrible person.  He was the inspiration for the Choose Your Own Adventure category "Villains you love to hate" and I think we came up with some great options.

    Courtney and I both chose The Library At Mount Char.  I'm not sure that you could really consider any of the characters in the book anything other than villains, but they're also all, to some degree or another, sympathetic at some point.  Read my review (linked above) for more details.

    Stephanie read The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, about a girl who becomes a "fixer" for high school students, like her older sister and guardian is a "fixer" for politicians.  Stephanie compared it to a combination of Scandal and Veronica Mars, which sounds pretty intriguing.  She loved it and highly recommend it.

    Since we didn't read a huge variety of books this time, I thought I'd include Goodreads links to a few others I've read in the recent past with lovably horrible villains:

    Next week I'll finally get caught up on these by posting our October choices for Classics.  What would you add to our list of books with villains you love to hate?

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    915. Last chance!

    We’ve just de-installed Elision from Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine where it was all summer. There’s still time to see Solidarity and the Flying Horse sculpture exhibit at the Pingree School in Hamilton, MA. De-installation is scheduled for November 23rd. Bookmark

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    916. Bonus!


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    917. Julia

    You’d know her by her crazy socks
    And ever-present smile.
    Her patience and encouragement
    Defined her teaching style.

    “I’ll never be allowed in Quilters’ Heaven,”
    She would jest,
    But anyone who’d seen her work
    Was bound to be impressed.

    She always asked us if we’d seen
    Some show on BBC –
    A movie from the 40’s
    Or some type of mystery.

    We never had, but she had hope
    That one of us would catch
    The latest Sherlock Holmes portrayed,
    Of course, by Cumberbatch.

    My home is filled with projects
    That, if honest, I’d report,
    Never would have been completed
    But for Julia’s support.

    She was more than just a teacher
    For our lives she did enrich
    And I’ll bet she’s up there watching us
    Make every single stitch.

    *my quilting teacher, whom I very much miss

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    918. Marissa Meyer Winter Tour Recap

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    Hello, dear readers. If you are a fan of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, then this week is a very exciting week for you. The final book in The Lunar Chronicles series, WINTER, was released on Tuesday. The fates of Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet and the rest of the Lunar gang will be decided. Will they defeat the evil queen Levana? We're all just going to have to read Winter to find out!  And don't forget to read all the way to the end of this post where we will tell you the exciting details about Marissa's upcoming Lunar Chronicles project!

    I was a volunteer for the Marrisa Meyer Winter signing event held last night in Montrose, CA. Once Upon a Time Bookstore hosted the event, which was held off site at the Sparr Heights Community Center. We had an amazing group of volunteers who worked their butts off to make this an unforgettable night. Also, big thanks to Jose Valencia who was the photographer for the event and whose images I am using in this post. By the time I arrived after work, there was already quite a line outside the venue. Many thanks to all of the attendees who were very patient and endured some cold (for Southern California) weather. 

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    There was a beautiful snack table filled with Lunar themed cookies, cakes and candies. There were red Cinder shoe cookies and red Winter apples made from dipped pretzels. The cupcakes were beautiful (sadly I did not get to try one). There was also a bit of healthy food with a salad bar as well as pizza that came later in the evening. 

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    The event began promptly at 7pm and, after a lovely introduction by Danielle Behr, Marissa came out to a full house.

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    Marissa started off by talking about fairy tales and how she fell in love with Disney's The Little Mermaid when she was 5 years old. Her grandmother, seeing how much she loved the story, got her a book of fairy tales, which included the original Little Mermaid story. 5-year-old Marissa was shocked to discover that the original story was very different from the version she knew, which made her want to find out what else Disney wasn't telling her. This led to a lifelong love of fairy tales. Marissa then recited the original tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to a rapt audience.

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    Following this, Marissa took questions from the audience. When asked who her favorite character was, she said that it would be liking asking a mother to pick her favorite child. She did say that Captain Thorn was the most fun to write though. Marissa also mentioned that the film rights to Cinder had been sold to a Hollywood studio, though she had no news on whether or not it would be made anytime soon. She also said that she was honored when she found out that her series had fan fiction. Marissa said that she's only read one story because she didn't want it to influence what she wanted to do with the series. 

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    After the Q&A it was time to move on to the signing. Guests enjoyed pizza and snacks as numbered groups were called out. Again, thanks to everyone for their patience as we got Marissa through a long line of fans. Thanks to the volunteers for helping the line run smoothly.

    Mmmm...snacks! photo by Jose Valencia

    Mmmm...snacks! photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    Super cute Winter fans. photo by Jose Valencia

    Super cute Winter fans. photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    photo by Jose Valencia

    I see some amazing fan art happening here. photo by Jose Valencia

    I see some amazing fan art happening here. photo by Jose Valencia

    Special thanks to Marissa Meyer, Macmillan, Fierce Reads, Once Upon a Time, all of the amazing volunteers, the Sparr Heights Community Center, Jose Valencia for the awesome pics, and every single person who came out last night. To see all of the pics from the event, check out Jose's album here

    While Winter is the official end of The Lunar Chronicles, fans will be happy to know that Marissa will be releasing a collection of stories set in the The Lunar Chronicles world. Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection will be released on February 2, 2016.


    The collection will include:

    Glitches: A prequel to Cinder, detailing Cinder’s first weeks after her cyborg surgery and her introduction to her new stepfamily.

    The Queen’s Army: A prequel to Scarlet, telling the story of one soldier in Levana’s army who is determined not to become the monster everyone expects him to be.

    Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: A prequel to Cress, expanding on some of Carswell Thorne’s exploits when he was a young man with big dreams.

    The Princess and the Guard: A never-before-released prequel to Winter, chronicling the friendship between Winter and Jacin and answering some frequently asked questions about Winter, her insanity, and her scars.

    The Little Android: My retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” in which an android falls in love with a human boy.

    A BRAND NEW as-yet-to-be-determined story! PLUS a sneak peek at Marissa's first non-TLC novel, Heartlessout on November 8, 2016

    if you've read through this entire post, I commend you. Thanks for reading and don't forget to #JoinTheResistance!

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    919. Bad Kitty Makes Comics...And You Can Too!

    As readers of this blog know, I'm a big time fan of Bad Kitty. I like a cat with attitude. In his latest foray with this bad-tempered feline, Nick Bruel goes the how-to route, much like he did with Drawn to Trouble. In a nifty idea, all the pages are sized to fit on photocopier paper so kids can print out the various exercises without having to mark up the book. Whether or not most kids will have the patience to do so is another story.

    The premise behind the book is that Kitty is bored until Strange Kitty shows up to teach her how to make comics. This Strange Kitty proceeds to do, taking Kitty (and the reader) through all the steps: from tools to panel frames to writing captions and sound effects and more. Each lesson builds on the next, with a funny ongoing comic strip featuring Bad Kitty and an octopus that illustrates whatever lesson is being taught. Strange Kitty is a thorough instructor--and a clever one too. The lesson on drawing starts small--very small--with just a dot on the page (an ant standing by itself in the snow). From there, he adds another dot (two ants lying on their backs looking at the cloud). Then another dot (two ants playing catch). You get the idea. Any kid can make a dot and so, by extension, any kid can make cartoons. It's a wonderful and freeing realization, one that is bound to get kids hunting for a pencil to start scribbling.

    Bad Kitty Makes Comics...And You Can Too!
    By Nick Bruel
    Neal Porter  144 pages
    Published: 2015

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    920. ALSC Endowments

    Last year, the ALSC’s 11 endowments disbursed more than $51,971 to award and support authors, librarians, and library programs across the country dedicated to children’s services. The first ALSC endowment fund to be established was the Melcher Scholarship, announced in 1955, while the newest is the Carole D. Fiore ALSC Leadership Fund, established in 2009. The ALSC endowments all together have increased in value from $1,687,372 in 2005 to $2,684,430 in 2015. These endowments often bear names that are familiar to ALSC members: Arbuthnot, Belpré, and Wilder. However, several of these funds were started by names that are not so familiar. For example, in 1986 the Antonio Mayorgas Estate gave ALSC an unrestricted gift, which was used to establish the ALSC Distinguished Service Award. The amount that ALSC is able to spend each year is based on a formula used by ALA. It is a percentage of the quarterly balances over five years. In fact, that is precisely what distinguishes endowments from other types of funds: They are intended to preserve the long-term viability of the initiatives they support and are not intended to be spent down to zero. How long have these endowments been in place? Who started them? And who exactly do they target? Here’s a closer look:

    ALSC Distinguished Service Award Fund

    Photo of Kathleen T. Horning, 2015 winner of the Distinguished Service Award.

    Kathleen T. Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is recipient of the 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award. Photo credit: J. Matzner.

    Founded: 1986
    Benefactor: Unrestricted gift by the Antonio Mayorgas Estate
    Purpose: In 1991, the Board established the DSA to honor an individual member of the ALSC who has made significant contributions to, and had an impact on, library services to children and ALSC.
    Award: $2,000 and an engraved pin.
    Past recipients: The first winner was William C. Morris and the most recent was Kathleen T. Horning.
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/profawards/distinguishedservice

    Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Fund

    May Hill Arbuthnot

    May Hill Arbuthnot (1884-1969), along with educator William Scott Gray, wrote the “Dick and Jane” series published by Scott, Foresman and Company. Her greatest contribution to children’s literature was her book “Children and Books,” first published in 1947. Photo credit: ALSC.

    Founded: 2002
    Benefactor: The ALSC Board, via an approved net asset balance transfer from the operating budget. The lecture series was originally funded through the sponsorship of the Scott, Foresman Company starting in 1970 through the late 1990’s.
    Purpose: For the presentation of a paper considered to a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature by an author, critic, librarian, and/or historian at the Arbuthnot Lecture series.
    Award: $2,000 honorarium and travel expenses for lecturer; $2,000 support to the lecture host site. ALSC board has plans to build the endowment to support a $5,000 honorarium within the next five years.
    Past recipients: In 2015, Brian Selznick presented “Love Is a Dangerous Angel: Thoughts on Queerness and Family in Children’s Books.”
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/arbuthnot

    Belpré Award Fund

    Duncan Tonatiuh accepts a 2015 Belpré honor plaque for Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation with (l to r) Silvia Cisneros, 2014-15 REFORMA president, Sylvia Mendez, subject of the Honor Book, and Ellen Riordan, 2014-15 ALSC president. (Photo courtesy of ALSC)

    Duncan Tonatiuh accepts a 2015 Belpré honor plaque for Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation with (l to r) Silvia Cisneros, 2014-15 REFORMA president, Sylvia Mendez, subject of the Honor Book, and Ellen Riordan, 2014-15 ALSC president. (Photo courtesy of ALSC)

    Founded: 1996
    Benefactor: The ALSC Board authorized transfers from the operating budget’s net asset balance, ALSC and REFORMA members, and other individual and corporate donors.
    Purpose: Support the expenses related to administering the Pura Belpré Awards. The awards honor Latino/Latina writers and illustrators whose work best celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of children’s or youth literature. This award is co-sponsored by ALSC and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.
    Award: A medal for the winners; award plaques for Honor Book authors and illustrators.
    Past recipients: Author Meg Medina for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass in 2014 and illustrator Raul Colón for, Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart in 2006.
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal

    Children’s Library Services Endowment

    early-elem-readsFounded: 1982
    Benefactor: Helen L. Knight
    Purpose: To support long and short term projects and programs of the ALSC
    Award: Funding up to $1,500 in a given year to a specific ALSC committee; Board authorized expenditures to support programmatic activity.
    Past recipients: School-Age Programs and Services Committee designed and produced the brochure “Great Early Elementary Reads;” funded attendance for an Advocacy and Legislation Committee member during the 2015 National Library Legislation Day in Washington, D.C.; and funded the design and printing of a toolkit created by the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee.
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/alsc-childrens-library-services-fund

    Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Fund

    Photo of 2015 Geisel winners and committee chair

    2015 Geisel Award winners, Anna Kang (l) and Christopher Weyant (r), with Geisel Committee Chair Kevin Delecki (c). Photo credit: ALSC.

    Founded: 2005
    Benefactor: San Diego Foundation’s Dr. Seuss Fund; Random House
    Purpose: The Geisel Award is given annually to the authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
    Award: A medal for the winners; certificates for Honor Book authors and illustrators.
    Past recipients: Mo Willems has won the award twice (2008, 2010) and honored five times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward

    Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship Fund

    Frederic G. Melcher

    Frederic G. Melcher. Photo credit: ALA.

    Founded: 1955
    Benefactor: various members, including the publishers of each year’s Newbery and Caldecott awards.
    Purpose: To fund scholarships for two graduate students pursuing an MLS degree with a focus on children’s librarianship.
    Award: two $7,500 scholarships; increased from $6,000 in 2015.
    Past recipients: 2015 recipients: Elizabeth Pearce and Melody Tsz-Way Leung
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/scholarships

    William C. Morris Endowment Fund


    Morris Endowment Fund logo, designed by William Joyce for ALSC. ©ALA/ALSC.

    Founded: 2000
    Benefactor: Bequest of William C. Morris with principal of $400,000.
    Purpose: To fund programs, publications, events, or awards in promotion of children’s literature. The Bill Morris Book and Media Evaluation Seminar, held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, and Breakfast with Bill, held at the ALSC Institute in alternating years, are supported by this endowment.
    Award: In addition to supporting the events noted above, the Fund provides a $200 stipend for selected attendees to defray hotel and other expenses for the Bill Morris Seminar.
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/william-c-morris-endowment-activities

    The Charlemae Rollins Fund

    Charlemae Rollins (photo courtesy of ALSC)

    Charlemae Rollins (photo courtesy of ALSC)

    Founded: 1982
    Benefactor: The ALSC Board and various members.
    Purpose: Enhancement of the quality of the ALSC President’s Program.
    Past events: ALSC President Ellen Riordan’s 2015 President’s Program brought Melissa Sweet and Judy Cheatham to speak about, “More to the Core: From the Craft of Nonfiction to the Expertise in the Stacks.”
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms/pg4orgsupport/als-charoll

    Wilder Award Fund

    Karen Nelson Hoyle, chair of the 2015 Wilder Award Committee, and Donald Crews, winner of the 2015 Wilder Award. (Photo courtesy of ALSC)

    Karen Nelson Hoyle, chair of the 2015 Wilder Award Committee, and Donald Crews, winner of the 2015 Wilder Award. (Photo courtesy of ALSC)

    Founded: 2000
    Benefactor: The ALSC Board.
    Purpose: To support the administration of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.
    Award: A bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The award is given annually.
    Past recipients: The first Wilder Award was presented to Wilder herself in 1954; Donald Crews received the Award in 2015.
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/wildermedal

    Carnegie Fund

    2015 Carnegie Medal Winners

    2015 Carnegie Medal winners, Paul Gagne (l) and Melissa Reilly Ellard (r), of Weston Woods, with Carnegie Committee Chair, Caitlin Dixon Jacobson (c). Photo credit: ALSC.

    Founded: 1989
    Benefactor: The Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of the Carnegie Video for Youth grant.
    Purpose: To establish and endow the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video.
    Award: The Carnegie Medal is presented annually to an American producer for the outstanding video production for children released in the United States in the previous calendar year.
    Past recipients: Weston Woods (most recently 2015), Katja Torneman (2013), Aviator Films/Hyperion Studio (2002), What a Gal Productions (1997)
    Website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/carnegiemedal

    Carole D. Fiore ALSC Leadership Fund


    Photo courtesy of Carole Fiore

    Founded: 2009
    Benefactor: Carole D. and Stan Fiore
    Purpose: To enhance leadership development with ALSC by offering activities to develop members who have an interest in and commitment to the American Library Association and ALSC as future leaders.
    Award: None to date, while the principal builds. We expect to award the first leadership activity to take place in 2016.


    Our post today was written by the ALSC Budget Committee. If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.

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    921. Dan Radcliffe in “Now You See Me 2″ Trailer

    There were many blockbuster movie trailers that were released this week, including the premiere trailer for Now You See Me 2. Daniel Radcliffe becomes the man in charge of the original cast of the Housemen heist group (except Isla Fisher, who isn’t returning for the sequel).

    Dan makes his debut appearance in the very end of the trailer…where he classically screws up a simple card trick. Obviously, this new character Dan plays has never been to Hogwarts. He also has a long way to go before he has the skill level to be considered a Horsemen, and the look on the other Horsemen’s faces prove their disappointment, let alone wielding the power of manipulation over them. The trailer can be seen below:

    Movieclips Trailers describes the movie on their YouTube Channel, saying:


    THE FOUR HORSEMEN [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than WALTER MABRY [Daniel Radcliffe], a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.


    Also starring big-named actors such as Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Ruffalo. The movie will hit theaters June 10.

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    922. The Eternaut may just be the most interesting graphic novel of the season

    Here’s a book that has received little attention but SHOULD, especially in a world where cartoonists are still being imprisoned and worse for their beliefs. Fantagraphics has just published The Eternaut by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lopez. Lopez is known here for his sturdy, imaginative work for a number of publishers from the […]

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    923. Bear drawings!

    These are a few of the Bear drawings I did up in color for a LadyBug Assignment (published in 2016) I've also started a Tumblr and Instagram accounts.

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    924. Waterman Entertainment Acquires Film Roman, Invites Founder Phil Roman Back

    The 31-year-old animation company that produces the animation for "The Simpsons" has a new owner.

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    925. I Cried a River Over NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy

    Review by Leydy NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle LevyHardcover: 336 pagesPublisher: Dial Books (August 4, 2015)Language: EnglishAmazon | Goodreads Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and

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