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1. Book Trailer Unveiled For Dear White People

A book trailer for Dear White People: A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in a “Post-Racial” America has been unveiled. The video embedded above has drawn more than 38,000 views on Facebook—what do you think?

This project was inspired by the 2014 crowdfunded film which shares the same title. Justin Simien, the director and screenwriter behind the movie, wrote the book and Ian O’Phelan created the illustrations.

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2. New Insurgent Trailer Unveiled

A new trailer has been unveiled for the Insurgent film adaptation. Deadline reports that this trailer for “the Summit Entertainment sequel will be one of the Hollywood studio ads showing during the Super Bowl this weekend.”

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet reprising their roles as Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Jeanine Matthews. The movie c

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3. New Trailer Unleashed For The DUFF Film Adaptation

A new trailer has been unleashed for The Duff film. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Bella Thorne as Madison, Robbie Amell as Wesley, and Mae Whitman in the titular role.

Author Kody Keplinger made her authorial debut with this young adult novel back in September 2010. CBS Films has scheduled the movie release date for February 2015.

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4. ‘Of Marriageable Age’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you respond to difficult questions? Writer Priyam Redican recited a poem called “Of Marriageable Age” for the second installment of the APM Basement series.

The Airplane Poetry Movement YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Redican’s performance and it has since drawn over 108,000 views. Follow this link to hear her perform another piece entitled “Marigolds.”

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5. Explore Dr. Seuss’ Creative Process: VIDEO

What type of creative process did Dr. Seuss use? In the video embedded above, Lynda Claassen talks about how the famous children’s books writer and artist created Green Eggs & Ham.

Claassen, the director of the U.C. San Diego Special Collections & Archives, showcases several pieces that illustrates the development process for Seuss’ beloved story. What do you think?

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6. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Creates a Video With Social Media Tips For Authors

The Eerdmans Books for Young Readers team has shot a Social Media 101 video for their YouTube channel. The video embedded above features “Facebook Tips for Authors.”

Follow this link to read the publisher’s social media and internet marketing guide for authors. Most successful authors know that their job is not limited to just writing. Last year, Jarrett J. Krosoczka verified this during an interview with MassLive.com.

Krosoczka explained: “You know people who are authors-only? Could I meet them? Because even though I, along with many of my peers, make my living from putting my imagination to paper, so many other roles are expected in today’s publishing landscape. Authors must also be speakers, performers, online marketeers and social-media mavens.” What do you think? Do you have any social media advice that writers would find helpful?

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7. Final Bloodlines Book Gets Three Book Trailers

Penguin Random House has created three teaser trailers for the final installment of Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, The Ruby Circle. The video embedded above features trailer #3. Follow these links to watch trailer #1 and trailer #2.

Razorbill, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, will release the U.S. edition on February 10, 2015. For those who can’t wait, the first five chapters have been posted on TheRubyCircle.com. The publisher unveiled this content after Mead’s fans shared the #LoveWillConquerAll hashtag thousands of times on different social media platforms.

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8. David Duchovny Stars in Book Trailer

Headline Books Publishing has unveiled a book trailer for Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale by David Duchovny. In the video embedded above, the Californication actor introduces his forthcoming title. The finished book will feature black-and-white illustrations. Farrar, Straus and Giroux plans to release the U.S. edition in February 2015.

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9. ScreenJunkies Creates an ‘Honest Trailer’ For Gone Girl

The Gone Girl film adaptation has enjoyed great popularity and earned more than $366 million at the box office. Gillian Flynn fans will feel riled up again thanks to a hilarious \"Honest Trailer\" thanks to the team behind the ScreenJunkies YouTube channel.

The video embedded above features glimpses of Rosamund Pike playing Amy Elliott Dunne and Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne. What do you think? (via TIME)

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10. ‘Heels’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

Why do you wear high heel shoes? Spoken word poet Imani Cezanne recited a poem called “Heels” at the 2014 ILL LIST event.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Cezanne’s performance and it has since drawn over 58,000 views. Follow this link to check out more of her pieces.

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11. Video Sunday: “Some tenderness to the tree, Will.”

Over Christmas break I got to go to an Alamo Drafthouse in Kalamazoo to see Into the Woods. The theater?  Remarkably fun! The show? Um . . . well there were some problems with it. Enjoyable, sure, but . . . some problems. Problems that I suspect would not be replicated in this fabulous pared down version currently being performed by the Fiasco Theater

Thanks to Aunt Judy for the link.

Okay. So let us say that you’re a celebrity. You have written a children’s book. For whatever reason, you thought the Israel/Palestinian conflict would provide just the right kind of fodder. Now you are being called upon to do a little book promotion for your title. Your options are myriad. You could be enthusiastic and really work to engage the watching potential readership in your book’s story and plot. That’s Option A. Option B would be to compare your book to Charlotte’s Web and Animal Farm (oo de lally) and then sort of phone in the whole thing.  Let us see which option Mr. Duchovny is opting for here.

Don’t nobody tell me nothing. Why was I not informed that the Eerdmans Books for Young Readers site now has its own YouTube channel?  More to the point, why are they one of the few smaller publishers to do this?  It’s easy.  It’s cheap.  Actually, if you back up and look you’ll see that the video posts are just part of the new blog for the publisher called Eerdlings.  And as design layouts go I think they’ve just won.  As for the YouTube show Coffee Break, Ahna and Katherine are remarkably enjoyable to watch and they appear to have been doing this for some time.  I was tempted to link to their video that mentions me alongside some other bloggers (because I am vanity incarnate where the blog is concerned) but instead I’ll link to the infinitely useful How to Be an Author on Facebook episode instead.

Ta, ladies.

Arg!  How did I miss this?  Put this in the pantheon of the greatest book trailers of 2014.  I’m ashamed that it has only now come to my attention.  Great gobs of gratitude to Matthew Winner for drawing my attention to it:

You’ve undoubtedly already seen this on 100 Scope Notes who found this scoop faster than anyone else, but just in case you hadn’t it’s pretty cool. It’s information about an exhibition making the rounds about the country called Hats Off to Dr. Seuss. Blimey.

And for our off-topic video, I am bereft of shame.  Let’s watch animals jumping into things. That is why the internet was invented, yes?  So that we might watch things jump into things?  That is how they’re going to teach it in school 100 years from now anyway.


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12. VIDEOS: Book Trailer Unveiled For Kid President Guide

A book trailer for Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome has been posted on the SoulPancake YouTube channel. The video embedded above has drawn more than 20,000 views—what do you think?

YouTube star Kid President (real name Robby Novak) and his brother-in-law Brad Montague collaborated together on this project. HarperCollins has scheduled the publication date to take place on February 3rd.

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13. “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”: perceptual errors and inattentional blindness

“Sorry mate, I didn’t see you.” It’s a common refrain heard after many a road-traffic collision. So common, in fact, that if you say “SMIDSY” to a UK motorcyclist, they’ll most likely wince and offer a story of how they or a colleague came to grief. Perhaps you’ve had SMIDSY said to you, or even had to utter those words yourself?

SMIDSY describes the all-too-common type of motorbike accident when a car pulls out at an intersection. The driver’s sure that the road is clear, but discovers too late that something is coming. Even if you haven’t been involved in such an incident, you can probably recall some occasion on which you were driving and had a near miss with a car or bike you’d swear wasn’t there a moment ago.

It turns out that these sorts of events might be more complicated than first appear. It’s quite possible for you to look right at the other vehicle, but for your brain to fail to process the information associated with it. These sorts of situational awareness failures may in fact result from a well-described, but not well-known, psychological phenomenon called “inattentional blindness”.

Most people believe their senses work a bit like a video camera. You direct attention towards an object and your brain automatically and reliably records. Although this is our day-to-day experience, perception is in reality a much more active process, with a number of filters operating between information arriving, and you becoming consciously aware of it.

A potentially limitless amount of information exists in the environment around you, but little of it is relevant from moment to moment. Rather than ‘clutter up’ consciousness with a surfeit of useless information, the subconscious monitors these unnecessary items and only ‘alerts’ the consciousness when something relevant occurs.

Under normal circumstances your brain is fairly efficient at subconsciously monitoring events around you. Imagine holding a conversation in a noisy restaurant: you are probably only consciously aware of the conversation you are directly involved in (your primary task), but if your name is mentioned elsewhere, you will turn around to find out why. Your brain has been subconsciously monitoring that stream of conversation, and when something personally relevant occurs (your name is a very powerful trigger, carrying a high degree of ‘cognitive saliency’) you can devote your attention to it.

Problems occur when you have to concentrate harder on a primary task. The more cognitive demands placed on you, the narrower your focus becomes. It’s surprising how big an event you might miss: the classic demonstration of this effect is known as the “Invisible Gorilla” and was devised by Harvard psychologists Dan Simons and Christopher Chabris in 1999. Observers were asked to follow two teams of basketball players, counting the passes made by one of the teams. Caught up in the counting task, 50% of the participants failed to notice as a collaborator, dressed in a gorilla costume, marched between the players and stopped to beat her chest before marching out again. Making the primary task more difficult, by asking the observers to count bounce- and aerial-passes separately, caused the noticing rate to fall to 33%. Most observers were inattentionally blind to the gorilla and many expressed shock when shown their error, some even accusing the experimenters of showing two different videos. Although these perceptual errors are an innate and universal feature of human cognitive architecture, it’s a common finding that insight into their effects is very poor. Almost everyone significantly overestimates their ability to notice the unexpected.

Increasing workload has been well described as a risk for this form of perceptual error. Interestingly, people with professional basketball experience are much more likely to notice the gorilla in the Simons video, but athletes from other disciplines perform much as the general public does. Whilst expertise is certainly protective to a degree (although does not eliminate the risk altogether), it does seem to be very task-specific.

How does inattentional blindness affect medical practice? The short answer is that no-one really knows. High-profile disasters such as the case of Elaine Bromiley make vivid reminders of the devastating consequences of medical errors, however, it is well recognized that daily errors occur in every institution around the world. In the UK, errors account for 2.5% of the national health budget annually.

Loss of situational awareness is thought to be the leading cause of error in time-critical situations, and there can be no doubt that clinicians labor under mentally taxing circumstances. Of course, doctors are well trained. Training brings expertise, and surely expertise protects against perceptual error? Possibly, but perhaps not to the extent that you might expect.

A few studies have looked into inattentional blindness in medical personnel, mainly by showing people items such as radiographs with a gorilla superimposed. These experiments showed large numbers of even experienced staff miss the anomaly. Our group in Oxford took this a little further, creating a recording of an adult resuscitation scenario into which we inserted a series of events, designed to test for the presence of different types of perceptual error. We showed this video to a more than 140 people and demonstrated that overall, more than seven people in ten missed events that would contribute to poor patient outcome (were they to be missed in ‘real life’). As one might expect, experts in the group (all experienced, accredited instructors of adult resuscitation) did perform better. In their case around six in ten missed it…

So does this prove that inattentional blindess is a problem for us, as experienced clinicians? Not yet, but it does raise some questions about how reliably individuals can maintain situational awareness, and offers some insight into the mechanisms by which even highly trained personnel might make mistakes. By research, using tools such as high-fidelity simulation, we can start to investigate how frequently perceptual errors actually do contribute to loss of situational awareness, who is most vulnerable to these effects, and most importantly, how can we mitigate them.

Heading image: Optics: page to a partwork on science, with pictures of optical phenomena. Coloured lithograph by J. Emslie, 1850. CC BY 4.0 via Wellcome Images.

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14. Fuse #8 TV: Victoria Jamieson!

I didn’t really plan it this way, but this week is basically just wall to wall videos of me yammering till the cows come home.  Fortunately, in the case of the latest episode of Fuse #8 TV I’m at least joined by the lovely and infinitely talented graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson.

In this, the latest of my video series, I decide to take you guys on a tour of a castle.  A castle chock FULL of children’s literature.  Don’t believe me?  Then prepare to be amazed.

After that I sit down with Ms. Jamieson and we discuss Roller Girl, an all new graphic novel that combines the fun and personal relationships you might find in a Raina Telgemeier comic with the fury and glory of a roller derby match.

Many thanks to the good people at Penguin Young Readers for letting me speak with Ms. Jamieson.  You can find her book Roller Girl on your shelves March 10th.  And you can find full episodes of Fuse #8 TV here.


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15. Review: Justice League Throne of Atlantis Animated Goes Deep

By Davey Nieves


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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is the animated film follow up to last year’s Justice League: War that introduced the New 52 to DC Animation. The last few movies have been a roller coaster of quality. Flashpoint Paradox was excellent while War and Assault on Arkham suffered from execution problems. While the film has a few standout moments Justice League: TOA doesn’t quite parallel the emotional strength of its Geoff Johns Aquaman source material.

Directed by Ethan Spaulding, the film blends two of Johns early New 52 Aquaman arcs as the audience is presented the origin of Arthur Curry. Then we shift to the mysteries of the deep and totalitarianism of Orm (Ocean Master) as he attempts to wage war on the surface world. Also dealing with the fallout from the War film are the members of the Justice League. We have to continue to see them come together as a team because apparently Darkseid’s invasion just wasn’t enough of a reason to form on a regular basis. The team crosses paths with Atlantis and the brooding enigma that is Aquaman when weapons of mass destruction are stolen from an underwater military submarine. Along the way to recovering the missiles, the league must find Arthur Curry to avoid an all out war between Atlantis and the surface world.

Where ToA stumbles isn’t so much in the execution but in the little things that you can’t ignore. Not following the books is understandable. Building the DC Animated into its own universe is a great way to create a unique identity for the brand. Plus, I’ve always been of the mindset: why make something where the intended audience already knows what’s going to happen next. That being said, ToA has an overall compacted feeling. It rushes through so much of its material causing it to feel diluted and unnecessary. The Superman/Wonder Woman relationship, Cyborg’s coming to terms with being more machine than man; it all could have been better played with or at the very least given more screen time.

Screen Shot 2015 01 13 at 4.40.14 PM 300x168 Review: Justice League Throne of Atlantis Animated Goes DeepJason O’Mara, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore and Sean Astin return as Batman, The Flash, Cyborg and Shazam. Joining them are Jerry O’Connell, Rosario Dawson, and Sumalee Montano as Superman, Wonder Woman and Mera. Voice acting performances feel a bit unbalanced due to what seems like bad writing. Nathan Fillion has always been a great Hal Jordan but here the performance is so short that he never really gets a moment. Which is true of almost the entire cast and a big problem for having Justice League on the box art. Rosario Dawson’s voicing of Wonder Woman was superb and the film could have used more of it. Most of the weight was carried by Matt Lanter voicing Aquaman whom on his own turned in an adequate performance. Though that isn’t what you want out of a Ferrari or the title character of your movie.

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Justice League has some things that did land on target. The animation is as crisp as any of the better-animated movies like Under the Red Hood and Flashpoint. Where animation excels even beyond film is in the action and this movie has some great scenes like the tidal wave and VR submarine reenactment. One thing that the film did well more so than most recent DC Animated movies is the acting drawn into the characters. Eye movements, twitches, and the fluidity of there movement in battle all surpass previous entries. Visually, everything just clicks on this movie. The credits scene also raises some questions because I’m curious to hear what it leads to since the next films are based on Court of Owls, and an original story by Bruce Timm called Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Both of which are set for 2015 releases.

Ultimately Justice League Throne of Atlantis probably suffers more from its scheduling than anything else. So many of its moving parts feel rushed and uncoordinated that it doesn’t serve the tremendous material it came from. My advice, rent it or watch it once on your favorite digital platform.

Justice League Throne of Atlantis is available now on Digital HD and on Blu-Ray and DVD January 27, 2015.

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16. KidLit TV: Not Bird, Nor Plane, Nor Even Frog Just L’il Ole Me

This falls directly into the category of “Me Stuff”.  That said, some of you may be aware of the presence of Kidlit TV out there.  Just to recap, it’s the closest thing we have right now to an all-children’s literature related blog channel.  The brainchild of Julie Gribble with host Rocco Staino and a whole crew of fellow staff members, I’ve been watching the consistently interesting and intelligent fare over the last few months.  And now?  Now they’re talking to me.  I am with the gabby gab, as they say.  So much so that they couldn’t fit everything into a single video.  This week is part one.  Next week we’ll be seeing part two.

Primarily I’m discussing the book I co-wrote with Jules Danielson and Peter Sieruta, Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.  Don’t have a copy of your own?  Well, you’re in luck.  A giveaway is at hand and you could get yourself a free one.  Just go here to see me yammer and to win.

Many thanks to Julie, Rocco, and the whole crew (including the make-up artist who hid very well her horror at my inability to understand the most rudimentary aspects of eyeliner).  Enjoy!

Fascinating to see what I look like with make-up on, isn’t it?


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17. Graphic Novel Videos from the National Book Festival!

poster enlarge Graphic Novel Videos from the National Book Festival!Back during Labor Day weekend, the Library of Congress hosted the 14th annual National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center.  We posted the notice here, showcasing all of the amazing graphic novel programming, but now the Library of Congress has posted videos from most of the sessions!

Click on the red titles to go to the event page, where one can read a synopsis, transcript, and watch the video if the embedded images do not work.


Full list of all author videos


Author’s Gala: Book Fest 14

Gene Luen Yang’s speech is at 19:30, but I recommend watching the entire video!

Liza Donnelly: Book Fest 14

Bryan Lee O’Malley: Book Fest 14

Bob Staake: Book Fest 14

Jeffrey Brown : Book Fest 14

Gene Luen Yang: Book Fest 14 (Graphic Novels)

Gene Luen Yang: Book Fest 14 (Teens)

Vivek Tiwary: Book Fest 14

Raina Telgemeier: Book Fest 14

Jeff Smith: Book Fest 14

Brian Biggs: Book Fest 14

Lewis & Aydin: Book Fest 14

“Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin appear at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.”

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18. Video Sunday: Meeting All Your Sleer n’ Thneed Needs

2014 marked a distinct increase in attention spent on children’s books with diverse characters. However, this is not to say that all books with diverse characters got the same amount of attention.  Take, for example, Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante.  It was one of the only middle grade books in 2014 to sport a Latino boy protagonist (go on . . . name me two others in 2014).  It had great writing as well, so why has almost no one talked about it?  NYPL put it on their 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list and recently our local station NY1 interviewed Staten Island resident Ms. Vigilante about the book in our Stapleton branch.  Watch carefully and you may see me in my cameo role as “New York Public Library” itself.

You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. 90-SECOND NEWBERY FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING TO TOWN!!!  You can see the full listing of where the festival is headed here.  In the meantime, here’s one of the new videos.  Is it bad that it actually scared me?  It’s a bunch of kids doing The Graveyard Book (The Dance Macabray as kickline = inspired) but I had the same reaction to it that I had to Shaun of the Dead.  I honestly found parts of it (the sleer) scary.  I is wimp!!

Maybe I’ve been reading The Lorax to my kiddo too much but you know what this is, don’t you?

It’s a Thneed! Thanks to Aunt Judy for the video.

Have you seen the latest trailer for a new version of The Little Prince?  For the first 30 seconds or so of this you’re going to be confused, possibly angry.  Stick with it.  Please.

Beats Bob Fosse as The Snake, anyway.  Then again, points docked for not having any Gene Wilder. (Fun Fact: Most movies are docked points for this very reason)

No no no no no. Not allowed.  I call foul.  Illustrators have enough talent as it is.  They are NOT allowed to also be excellent authors and even if they happen to be precisely that they are NOT allowed to have pitch perfect voices that can read selections from their books with all the vocal skills of the highest paid celebrity.  Back you go, Chris Riddell.  Ply your magic dulcet tones elsewhere.

A Reading with Chris Riddell: The Wyrmeweald Trilogy – Returner’s Wealth from Beth Sabey on Vimeo.

At this point there are too many fantastic 2015 picture books out there to tell you about.  Thank goodness some of them make book trailers, then.  For example, have you heard about Kathi Appelt’s fabulous When Otis Courted Mama, illustrated by Jill McElmurry?  If not then remedy is at hand:

Now another trailer.  As blurbs go, “This book smells great” may be my pick of the week.

And for the off-topic video of the day, it’s a Swing vs. Hip Hop dance off from Montreal.  As my friend Marci put it, “the first swing round is sort of meh but it gets better.”

Thanks to Marci for the link.


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19. Do You Enjoy Inventing New Words?

Have you ever invented new words? In a presentation delivered at TEDYouth 2014 (embedded above), lexicographer Erin McKean promotes the idea of adding words to the language when the existing ones prove to be inadequate.

In an interview with the TED blog, McKean explains that “asking why English needs more words is like asking why we need new novels or new fashions. On a purely practical level, we don’t. We could all read what’s already published and wear the same styles for the rest of our lives. But people like novelty and new words for new things satisfies that human urge.” Do you agree with her?

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20. Music Video Unveiled For Maya Angelou’s ‘Harlem Hopscotch’ Song

Back in November, Smooch Music released a CD called Caged Bird Songs. The songs contain lyrics that come from Maya Angelou’s poetry. A music video has been released for one of the tracks, “Harlem Hopscotch,” which is based on a poem published back in 1969.

According to The Huffington Post, the video (embedded above) “features appearances by actress and singer Nia Peeples (Fame, Pretty Little Liars), dancer/choreographer Derek Hough, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, actress/singer Zendaya, dancer/choreographer Ian Eastwood, Quest Crew, and dancers from both So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew.” Billboard.com has posted the entire track listing for this project. Follow these links to watch the animated lyric videos for “Pickin Em Up” and “Still I Rise.”

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21. 2014 TED Presentations from Writers

ted logoDo you need a boost of inspiration for 2015?

We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks throughout the past year. Our list includes Extra Yarn author Mac Barnett, Lunch Lady series creator by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, The House of the Spirits author Isabel Allende, and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

For more talks, the TED organization has created a playlist that feature master storytellers called “How to Tell a Story.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?

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22. TED-Ed Lessons For Writers to Kick Off 2015

TED-Ed Cover PhotoWould you like a bit of writing wisdom to kick off the new year? We’ve compiled a list of five TED-Ed videos on creating fictional worlds, making pop-up books, the oxford comma, using simple words, and following the hero’s journey.

For more advice, the TED organization has created a playlist of 14 talks for “word nerds” called “Words, Words, Words.” What subjects would you like the TED-Ed team to tackle next?

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23. Book Trailer Premiere: RED – A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

I’m pleased as punch to be premiering the book trailer for Michael Hall’s rather magnificent picture book RED today.  The simple tale of a blue crayon labelled with a red wrapper, it’s rather subtle and brilliant.  Naturally I wanted to know where Hall got the idea for it in the first place.  Here’s his response to that query:

My interest in crayons began when I fell in love with Mickey Myers’ Crayola prints (see below) in the 80s. Crayons — when represented in two dimensions on paper — make an appealing subject. They are also joyful and unpretentious, and they can work as a metaphor for many things. I used them several times in my graphic design work.

At one point, I made a series of drawings by scribbling one entire crayon—until the crayon was too small to hold—onto a piece of toothy paper and gluing the crayon’s label below the drawing. Each one seemed like a picture of a life. There were many variations; one of them involved pairing one colored scribble with a different colored label.

Later, when I began making picture books, I knew that at least one of them would be about crayons, and the mismatched label idea seemed like a good place to start.

At first, I couldn’t let go of some of the more grown-up aspects of the metaphor. My first draft followed Red, a blue crayon with a red label, until he was completely used up, and the crayons put his label to rest in a grassy field. The berry crayon delivered the eulogy: “When I look up at the clouds, I can’t help but feel that he’s still with us.” And the last page — a picture of the ceremony beneath a crayoned blue sky — read: “And he still was.”

Needless to say the tale is vastly different from this first draft.  No crayon funerals are in evidence now.  Just a great book with a kicker of an ending.

Enjoy the trailer!

Many thanks to the folks at Harper Collins for passing it along.


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24. Why must we pay attention to the law of pension trusts?

Little has been written on the subject of pension trusts, and the ways in which pension laws and trust laws interact. As academic subjects, many issues such as the purpose of a pension trust, employer duties, and the duties of directors of trustee companies, have long been under-represented. However, pension trust law is a technical area that requires more attention, and is also considered to be an exciting area of law that has been ignored in academia for too long. Author of The Law of Pension Trusts, David Pollard, explains why he decided to fill this gap and what issues he felt needed to be tackled in the law of pension trusts:

David goes on to explain why he finds pension trust law so interesting, and what the most significant pension cases were in the past 12 months. He also predicts how pension schemes might change and develop in the future:

Do you agree with David about how pension schemes might change in the future? Write your responses in the comments below.

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25. ‘In Which I Do Not Fear Harvey Dent’ Video Goes Viral

Brenna Twohy wrote a poem called “In Which I Do Not Fear Harvey Dent.” Twohy recited it at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam.

The piece features mentions of several famous superheroes including Spider-Man, Aqua-Man, and Rogue from X-Men. The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video with her performance and it has since attracted more than 33,000 views.

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