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1. The 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program is out. If you want to get yourstudents to an array of workshops and presentations by top flight Australian authors, you’ll need to book early at the MWF website:
2. Aussie students show their Net worth. It looks like Australian teenagers are world beaters when it comes to digital literacy. A survey of 15 year olds from nineteen OECD countries places us second, after South Korea. Read more, here.
Our principals are also visiting Finland – which has a population roughly the size of Victoria – to see how they do things there. This article from The Age tells what they’ve discovered.
3. A new trend in libraries from Belgium?
Not really news, but for those librarians and readers who want to expand their horizons, here’a one of a series of pictures of an ‘outside’ library, handily situated next to a vineyard …
4. A reminder that the entries for the National Year of Reading’s Read This! creative reading competition have now closed. There was an impressive array of entries, and the judging process has now begun.The winners will be announced on June 26 on the Centre for Youth Literature’s insideadog.com.au website, and also on the National Year of Reading’s website.
1. Conferences and Apps
Adelaide was the place to be this weekend for the CBCA National Conference. If you weren’t there you can live it vicariously through the #cbca2012 twitter feed (or for a more condensed version, through our @CentreYouthLit tweets).
One of the hot topics from the conference is the iPad app of Oliver Jeffers’ Heart and the Bottle - it’s narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and looks divine! See for yourself here.
If you weren’t at the CBCA conference, it’s because you were at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, yes? We couldn’t be there, so we’re hoping you will tell us all about it. Favourite panels? Inspiring topics? Juicy gossip?
We’ve heard the ‘Her Dark Materials’ panel with Lucy Christopher, Margo Lanagan, and Kirsty Eager was pretty darn hot. (Like we’d expect any less with that kind of line-up.) You can read a write-up of it at Literary Life.
3. Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
Are you a writer of YA or children’s fiction or non-fiction? The Text Prize is open once again. Entries close 1 June, 2012. Previous winning books include Jane Higgins’ The Bridge, Leanne Hall’s This Is Shyness, and Richard Newsome’s The Billionaire’s Curse.
4. The Manual of Aeronautics
Ever wondered what the bridge of the Leviathian would look like? Head over to Scott Westerfeld’s blog to check out some of the freshly-unveiled artwork from his forthcoming book The Manual of Aeronautics.
5. Auror’s Tale
Coming soon: Harry Potter fanfic in web series form. In JK Rowling’s world of Harry Potter the Aurors are the elite officers trained to investigate crimes related to the Dark Arts. This surprisingly sophisticated-looking series will follow the Auror Hawthorne against the dark forces in New York.
6. Literature Lane
Today a previously nameless laneway in the heart of Melbourne, UNESCO City of Literature, will be named Literature Lane. Now someone just needs to open up a bookshop there. With coffee. And cocktails. And then I’ll move in upstairs.
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1. Hunger Games Assorted.
Barbie Katniss? Yes, I know. It could have gone so horribly wrong, but I have to say that I’m quite happy with the outcome: Katniss in her Hunger Games fighting get-up with a make-up free face.
2. 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report
ALA released a list of the top ten challenged books of 2011. There were sadly 326 requests for the removal from books from various libraries and school curriculum.
The hottest book of the moment ticks in at number three:
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
I’m not going to comment on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird rounding out the ten.
3. World Book Night
While I may debate the ‘world’ in the world book night title (UK, Germany and America does not a world make), I rather love the idea.
Givers apply to give away a particular book that they must commit to give away to those who don’t regularly read, to share and spread their love of reading.
It is the pay it forward of books.
While Australia isn’t a participant (yet!), I think its a great idea for any of your National Year of Reading activities.
4. Speaking Of…
National Year of Reading. Have any of you been keeping up with the creative entries in the ReadThis2012 campaign? I’ve been using the site as a ‘pick me up’ any time I need a sugar hit. The range of creative responses are inspiring (from baking, to cartoons, to book trailers and beyond), as are their reasons behind why the book is special to them.
Any time you feel you’ve hit a brick wall, go check out the site and become inspired!
5. What Will the Internet Look Like in 2020?
This link offers more details, but the below picture sums up the internet’s endlessness rather well.
1. Adaptations Galore: Neil Gaiman and Patrick Ness
Hot off the press is the news that Disney has acquired the rights to adapt Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Henry Selick, who adapted Gaiman’s Coraline for the big screen, is attached to direct this latest feature.
The other big news of the week is that Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go is also being adapted. If you’ve never heard of it, you should fix that. Right now. It’s the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy – part science-fiction, all dystopian, high concept, high stakes, high adventure. Film buffs are particularly excited about this news because the script is being written by Charlie Kaufman – writer of Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synedoche, New York, among other achievements.
2. The Avengers
What are your thoughts on the latest box-office smash hit? If you’re a fan of using comics in the classroom, you might be interested in our graphic novels book list. This week’s particular hot comic tip is Journey Into Mystery (issue 622 onwards), which features a teenage Loki.
3. The Emerging Writers’ Festival
There aren’t a lot of writing festivals out there for the beginners. The Emerging Writers’ Festival, based in Melbourne, is one. (The National Young Writers’ Festival, held in Newcastle, is the other.)
The EWF have just launched their 2012 program, and we are thrilled to be supporting Fright Night – where some great authors, including YA stars Leanne Hall, Doug MacLeod, and Tim Pegler, will share their spooky stories.
If you’re interested in the festival but aren’t in Melbourne, keep an eye out for the EWF’s digital program.
4. Stop What You’re Doing and Read This!
Agnes Nieuwenhuisen takes a look at a new collection of essays about reading.
5. The Hunger Games: A Feminist Approach
If you’re using The Hunger Games in your classroom, or just have an interest in the portrayal of gender, this video raises some great points for discussion. (Caution: spoilers!) There is also a video which examines the film adaptation, although it focusses more on the issues of the portrayal of violence, and whitewashing in Hollywo
1. A New Approach to School Discipline
I may sound like a late-night TV commercial (New! Improved! It really works!), but if you haven’t yet read the article about Lincoln High School in the US, it is well worth your time - this school has taken a new approach with troubled students, based on the effects of toxic stress.
Children with toxic stress live their lives in fight, flight or fright (freeze) mode. They respond to the world as a place of constant danger. They can fall behind in school, fail to develop healthy relationships with peers, or develop problems with authority because they are unable to trust adults. With failure, despair, and frustration pecking away at their psyche, they find solace in food, alcohol, tobacco, methamphetamines, inappropriate sex, high-risk sports, and/or work. They don’t regard these coping methods as problems. They see them as solutions to escape from depression, anxiety, anger, fear and shame.
… Replace punishment, which doesn’t work, with a system to give kids tools so that they can learn how to recognize their reaction to stress and to control it. “We need to teach the kids how to do something differently if we want to see a different response.”
… Kids need adults they can count on, who they know will not hurt them, and who are there to help them learn these new skills, Turner tells the Lincoln High staff. If it’s not happening at home, it had better happen at school. Otherwise that teen doesn’t have much of a chance at life.
2. Text Publishing Supporting Footpath Library
This week Text Publishing (who’ve brought you books by many fabulous YA authors including David Levithan, Vikki Wakefield, Leanne Hall, and Tim Pegler) are donating a book to the Footpath Library for every new follower they get on Twitter, and ‘like’ on facebook.
The Footpath Library aims to bring books to the homeless and disadvantaged, as well as changing attitudes to these people.
Get click-happy for a good cause!
3. Sydney Writers’ Festival
The festivities start next week in Sydney! You may be interested in:
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1. Inside A Dog 2.5
Inky has been a little bit busy over the last month; cat chasing, bone chewing and improvements to his blog. He listened to your feedback about his usability, gathered his pack and went to work. He’s easier to use and navigate, with an emphasis on the commenting features, and is now integrated with goodreads. Usability and community were key features in the upgrades.
I know Inky would love to see you, so feel free to pop by.
2. Race and YA
I stumbled upon this article, The Ongoing Problem of Race in YA. It has a great combination of past and present YA books and texts that could double as a culturally diverse book list.
As is the case any time one reads Walter Dean Myers views on YA, you quote it, because there is no improving on perfection.
Books transmit values, and if you don’t find your life in books, bingo, you have to reach the conclusion that you are less valuable.
3. Youth Magazine About Healthy Body Image
Consume are ‘a youth magazine promoting positive health, love and acceptance.’ They’re completely online and have just launched their first issue.
4. But The Computer Told Me To
What would happen if one day someone just did what their computer told them to do? ‘Computer Says Go‘ is a rather humorous article about a man who did just that.
5. Little Free Library
Bev of BevsBookBlog has a great little post for the NYOF and how well the Swap Box is working down in her neck of the woods. She’s a fierce NYOR promoter (which we love!) and has a series of great articles for educators and librarians.
Someone to bookmark for future visits.
6. Best Australian Blogs 2012
While you’re adding to your favourites or RSS feed, the Sydney Writers’ Centre have announced this year’s best Australian blogs. The winner of the ‘words’ category is ANZ LitLovers.
7. 2011 Aurealis Awards
The winners of Australia’s most prestigious award for Science Fiction and Fantasy works were announced at a gala event on Saturday May 12. For more, go to the Press Release on the Aurealis website. A special congratulations must be extended to Penni Russon who was awarded Best Young Adult novel for Only Ever Always (Allen and Unwin).
1. Looking for something to read? Go no further than this lovely little Literature Map highlighted by Flavorwire. Just type in your favourite author and watch a series of names juggle to and fro in order to arrange a recommended reading list of authors. Even better, young adult adults are in the mix including Sarah Lessen, Jennifer Echols, JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett and more.
2. Need proof that time allows you to be more creative? Check out this two minute video out on youtube.
3. Do you know all the punctuation marks? Buzzwire presents 13 that you might not know existed. I am particular fond of the The Asterism which they claim “…has an awesome name, a cool look, and a really lame usage.” Agreed.
13 Punctuation Marks You Never Know Existed
4. The Amperstand Project is a brand new initiative at Hardie Grant Egmont to flush out those new, undiscovered Australian writing talents. Targeted at writers of contemporary Australian young adult fiction they are hoping to discover the next Melina Marchetta.
HGE have a whole list of suggestions of what they are on the look for, which you can find here. Submissions close on the 27th of February, 2012.
5. Readings has released their top young adult titles picks for 2011. We were extremely excited to see Vikki Wakefield, Kelly Gardiner and Jane Higgins (among many other fabulous books) on the list as we’ve bee graced by their presence in our programming in 2011.
Here are a few ideas for readers who want to move away from dystopian, paranormal or contemporary fiction and immerse themselves in stories of danger, romance, and political intrigue from ages past…
1. VIII – by H. M. Castor
Henry VIII up close and personal – told from his point of view. His is a childhood of danger, betrayal, and now and then, love. His father grabbed the English throne and has been watching over his shoulder ever since. For him, and his sons, the succession is vital: Henry must have sons. No wonder Henry is paranoid.
When his marriage to Catherine of Aragon fails to produce the sons he needs, Henry turns elsewhere … and the rest, they say, is history.
For fans of Philippa Gregory and Sharon Penman.
2. The Other Countess – Eve Edwards
Fans of Philippa Gregory’s books set in Tudor England will love this story of Ellie, daughter of an alchemist and a Spanish noblewman, and Will, oldest son of an impoverished family who need him to marry well to restore their fortune.
A love story and much more, the book wears its research lightly but never puts a foot wrong in showing the reader the realities of Queen Elizabeth I’s court and country life. Ellie lives in a world which places more importance on her marriage prospects than on her well-educated mind. And Will has to make up his mind between love for himself and loyalty to his family.
3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
This is History with a twist, superbly written. Australian Markus Zusak has won numerous awards since it was published in 2005.
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1. The print book, pretty by nature.
Fantastic article that explores one element that has us all still clamoring for the printed book: the cover design. The imagination might be a wholly non corporal, but it’s gateway, the book, is a wholly physical being. Julian Barnes, in his acceptance speech for the Booker Prize, had this rather insightful tidbit to say:
“Those of you who have seen my book, whatever you may think of its contents, will probably agree that it is a beautiful object. And if the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the e-book, it has to look like something worth buying, and something worth keeping.”
2. The digital and the librarian.
The Allen County Public Library is exploring new ways for their Public Librarians to exist in this digitally modern day. They’ve risen to the challenge and created a rather unique approach. I present to you ‘hackerspaces – where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise’.
Have a gander at the video tutorial they’ve made for your introduction class to ‘3-D printing’. I do feel a little bit like I’ve been picked up for a tour on Star Trek Next Generation…
3. Famous Writers, Dolls and Christmas
Some rather crafty people people over at etsy.com have made up these rather fabulous dolls… all in the convenience of your all time favourite authors. Last minute Christmas presents anyone?
Curtesy of flavorwire.com (who will be littered throughout this post because I’ve become rather addicted to their website)
4. Speaking of book covers.
Click on to flavorwire’s favourite cover redesigns. There’s a cover for every genre, for your every whimsical mood.
5. The Rules of Magic.
A rather genius chart.
1. Fast Food and Books.
McDonald’s UK has recently signed a deal with Harper Collins to include a series of books from the Mudpuddle Farm range with any Happy Meal.
A business decision to be sure, but I can’t help but feel a little gratified that even a big chain like McDonald’s knows the value and success of books for children. They’re following in Sweden’s very successful book and Happy Meal shoes.
I was intrigued by a few of the comments at the end of the article, much in the vein of the book is being forced on the children when all they’ll want is a toy.
I can’t say I agree. I rather like to think that the novelty of something different will hold their attention in the beginning and the longevity inherent in any book will continue to keep them fixed. A cheap plastic toy can be malformed or broken at the drop of a hat. A book, however, will keep intact for years.
2. Comic Books and their Cool Factor.
One can’t help but notice the increase over the last several years of comic books to movies. Whilst this trend has been seen before (the Batman movies, going as far back as the 1940s, and the Superman movies, through the 70s and 80s), it is making a reemergence with a vengeance. The current comic book growth might be small, but it is consistently growing. Helped along with newer Batman and Superman movies, not to mention Spiderman, The-soon-to-be-out Avengers, Captain America, The Hulk, Green Lantern, Iron Man aaaand the list just keeps going.
3. Smallest Library
This article is just darling from the Wheeler Centre.
I’ll be following Little Free Library in the future. I mean, does it get much better than a letterbox library? or a phone booth library? I’m rather inspired.
4. GoodReads, Reviews and Authors, oh my.
There’s a bit of a hot pot of emotion going on in the YA online community at the moment. I’d like to explain it in a nutshell, but i don’t know that it’s possible. The guardian is better at it.
5. Library Crime
When I was very very small I went to a very very small public school. Prep to six was, perhaps, twenty students. The principal and vice principal were… the only staff members, the library was a cupboard in the corner. but we got by. recently I was in a cleaning frenzy and found an old school library book.
I was horrified. I can’t remember the book; not the borrowing or the subsequent, inadvertent stealing.
I was also stumped by the question ‘what do I do with it?’ The school shut down while I was in grade one, many many moons ago (alas!). So finding it’s home back in the school library isn’t possible. But then what happened to the school library? Surely it wasn’t wasted away? It would have been given to another school (or indeed schools).
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Are you an author seeking to use the vast - and I mean vast – resources of the Sate Library of Victoria in your research?
Current recipients of the Creative Fellowships each received $12,500 for three months of study, and as you can see from the list, their work involves a wide range of topic material.
- Nam Le – research for a novel treating, in part, with 20th century Vietnam
- Jenny Grigg – illustrated book on contemporary book design, Cover stories
- Joanna Drimatis – book manuscript, Rediscovering hidden treasures: the music of Robert Hughes AM
- Stephen Banham – book manuscript, I’ll have what he’s having: finding the voice of Australian graphic design 1930-1970 (working title)
- Antoni Jach – artist’s book, In ruins: Luxor and Thebes past and present
- Kevin Childs and Emily McCulloch Childs – book manuscript that tells the scarcely-known stories of Aboriginal resistance leaders, Warriors on the frontier
- Linden Lyons – book manuscript, Thomas Denton Clarke: his chess problems and the Melbourne Leader in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Lucy Fahey – animation on Victoria’s past and present loiterers, A history of loitering
To see the many famous names who have won fellowships over the years, go to: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/our-community/fellows-scholars/creative-fellowships/past-recipients-creative-fellowships
1. This book is made of atoms
One of Umberto Eco’s lesser-known works is the semiotic children’s book The Bomb and the General. Published in 1966 with illustrations by Eugenio Carmi, the book is a beautiful story about the atoms living inside a bomb.
2. Tomorrow, When the War Began premieres on Facebook
It’s been a while since Tomorrow, When the War Began was in Australian cinemas but it’s about to make its US debut in a big way! In a world-first, the film will be distributed through a variety of online channels – including Facebook, iTunes, and YouTube – at the same time it’s in cinemas. Welcome to the world of tomorrow!
3. New ratings system for video games
Legislation has been introduced that will now include an R18+ rating category for video games, with changes expected to take place from 2013. In theory this means that games with adult content will be made available and appropriately classified. In reality we know classification is a murky and contentious beast. (Side note: have you seen the list of things censored in American films in 1927?)
We’re just glad there’s no classification system for books! (Yet!)
4. Your sentence: write a book report
A judge in Utah uses unconventional sentencings including reading books, and writing book reports, to help rehabilitate criminals. ‘It isn’t meant as a form of punishment, but rather a tool to help people think through their lives, he says.’
5. Sea Hearts
Margo Lanagan’s new YA novel Sea Hearts – one of our most anticipated 2012 releases – is now available and has been celebrated with launches in Hobart and Sydney. Hear more about Sea Hearts and the inspiration behind the story from Margo herself (and others):
6. Tell me a story…
Videos of famous Britons reading children’s books, including Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard Hammond.
Reading is one of the joys of life and once you begin you can’t stop.
- Benedict Cumberbatch
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1. Highly Educated Teacher the Key to Success.
For those of you who missed this fascinating interview on the ABC with Pasi Sahlberg (Finland’s director of education) here it is:
‘Our choice has always been to focus more on equity and equality in education.’
2. J K Rowling: The New Frontier.
You’ve probably already heard, but J K Rowling [...]
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1. The world of the weird and the wonderful.
Admittedly The Weird Book Room doesn’t have anything to do with youth literature… but it was just too darn funny to pass by.
I have about fifty favourites from the collection, but this book really stands out:
Squids Will Be Squids
Yes they will, surprisingly enough.
2. Book-trade Blues.
Henry Rosenbloom (founder of Scribe Publishing) wrote a fascinating article about the state of the publishing industry as it standards. There is a preoccupation with ‘the future’ in publishing at the moment. The term ‘publishing is in an upheaval of great change’ has become the unofficial motto of the publishing world.
Is this good change, is the pertinent question. I suppose it depends on where you find yourself sitting in the publishing bleachers.
As a consumer do you find that you’ve noticed a change? As a book buyer, librarian or teacher? The decrease in prices looks lovely on your budget, but perhaps the increasingly conservative ‘it must be a hit’ approach has left you feeling that there isn’t much variety to your choices.
For more industry based discussions I strongly suggest you dog ear Henry’s blog. He’s always astute and direct about all the issues facing our publishing world.
3. Google Play.
The frequency with which I report a ‘new’ google/amazon/mac application astounds even me. Google play is the latest of the new things we can expect drama. Admittedly not a revolutionary change, merely another bump along a forever changing landscape.
Google Play combines your music, movies, apps and e-books into one handy interactive cloud. As a one-stop Google Store (a rebranded Android Market, with a little something something extra) it is also the answer to those who wish to stay away from the Apple tether. No itunes, imovies, i-anything needed.
It’s like iTunes-meets-iCloud for the Android folk.
4. Five Hundred New Fairytales Discovered in Germany.
I feel like it’s raining Christmas miracles right now!
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there was a man named Franz Xaver von Schonwerth.
In this kingdom of far, far away, he compiled a collection of fairytales that never saw the light of day.
The people were sad, so publishing was had and the people did smile once more.
5. Scholastica Storia.
Scholastic America is in test phase of it’s new digital app (Storia): e-books and multimedia e-books. All held for sale at your friendly neighbourhood publisher: Scholastic.
The comments are, as always, interesting and eye opening.
Should children’s books be published on a digital platform?
Tradition says no, but perhaps with the revolution of technology we will endure over the next decade the question will be: when were children’s books ever print
Five YA bits and pieces from the internet this week:
1. You may have been hiding in a bunker for the past week to not have heard the furor that erupted around the US’s National Book Foundation Awards this week. In a nut shell, the NBF announced a shortlist of five youth literature titles up for contention. One of these titles was mistakenly announced. Instead of adding the title that was accidentally left off and leaving it at that. The NBF announced the book that was accidentally on the list – Lauren Myracle’s Shine.
It got worse.
They then asked Lauren to remove her book from contention.
What was an award for quality YA and drawing attention to a great shortlist has now become a spotlight on the NBF’s clumsy handling of the situation. Myracle has removed her book from the shortlist in a classy move. Attention still hasn’t redirected itself to the other authors recognised in the list who are completely innocent of all the shenanigans.
2. ”Why Teens Should Read Adult Fiction”
Brian McGreevy of Salon has written an article that bends against the rash of articles on YA being deemed too dark. His theory on the VCA (V.C. Andrews) Curve is one that I’ve heard in conversation many a times.
3. Oscar winning screenwriter for Juno, Diablo Cody, has written and produced a film that revolves around a YA writer returning home. It is unsurprisingly called ‘Young Adult’. Some fantastic artwork has appeared as a result, including the film’s poster which is both familiar to YA readers and scary at the same time. More artwork advertising screenings in the US is popping up.
4. James Roy posted from the German Literature Youth Prize. He unfortunately didn’t come away the winner for Town but he did see and do amazing things while in Germany.
5. John Flanagan is dropping by the State Library of Victoria this Sunday (23rd of October) to regal folks with tales of his new Viking adventure series, Brotherband. It is a free event with advance copies of the book on sale (10 days before stores) as well as a chance to have your book signed. More info here.
1. The world of movies.
With Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows (Part 2) DVD release date just around the corner (expect to see it gracing the stores November 16th), deleted scenes are already making the usual appearance all over youtube, facebook and twitter feeds. Expect the wands to be out and the children to be casting anti-homework spells.
Whilst we’re on the Pottermania topic, perhaps check out the Quidditch World Cup? Play begins November 12th and (sadly) ends November 13th. It’s not geographically accessible to us, down here in Australia, but I have no doubt that it will live virtually for us.
May I suggest starting up a class quidditch game? The kids will be riveted. Rules are free and downloadable: Quidditch Game Rules .HAVE FUN!
Starting tomorrow is the 12thannual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Annual, online and free.
Of particular interest will be the Young Writers Program. It is youth-orientated and classroom friendly.
‘The Young Writers Program believes that writing is an integral part of all children’s lives. Our fun, innovative approach increases students’ skills and confidence with the written word. The impact of this amazing noveling experience lasts throughout their academic years, and beyond.’
The how to is easy as pie, and the sense of community and achievement will be well worth the month-long effort.
There are resources for teachers and students alike. Well-known authors will be dropping in throughout the month with helpful hints and encouragement, and donations are all about continued education.
3. The self-publishing world
The self-publishing (indie) world has weathered many a condescending storm over the years, but has the tide finally turned?
Amanda Hocking, a self-published phenomenon, has recently sold-out (or sold-in, as the case may be) and signed a lucrative deal with St. Martin’s Press in America (Pan Macmillan Australia).
Starting with her The Trylle Trilogy books Pan Macmillan Australia will release a book a month start January 2012.
As you would expect with an online community, Amanda has made herself completely available to her audience. There are no barriers, no us and them.
A great Cinderella story to keep all your buddy novelist optimistic and hopeful.
4. Innovation in Children’s Illustrations
There is a great article through the age online today (31st October) about the continued evolution of children’s illustrations.
When considering your next art and crafts project with the kids maybe take a page out of Sarah Davis’ book and experiment with household objects (creating a ghost from hair her dog shed!).
The effect, I’ll hope you agree, is appropriate for today. Happy Halloween everyone!
1. Amazon: the world is your oyster.
Seems there’s a new frontier: e-book lending, Amazon style.
Of course it’s a very exclusive kindle-only and subscribers-to-Amazon-Prime-program club.
At the moment it is a limited and not all that interesting virtual library. But knowing Amazon this will be short lived. Expect it to grow by leaps and bounds. Also expect everyone else under the sun to have their own version in a heartbeat.
2. YA book bloggers; a resource.
The Centre of Youth Literature are proud as punch that the international online community is all a gush with Aussie YA. Take a look at Carla’s blog, The Crooked Shelf, for ‘Aussie YA Month.’
Carla is a force of nature. She is a whirlwind when it comes to YA; lots of capitals, lots of exclamation points and lots of enthusiasm.
Please beware the occasional course language.
3. Book banning Google map.
A rather industrious person at the library found this little Google map gem: an American book bans and challengers list (only 2007 to 2011). What scares me is the length (in a few short years) and the breadth (nearly every state in America) of this list.
Surely the idea is to fill the libraries, not empty them out.
4. John Wood, honorary librarian.
It is a classic story: former Microsoft big wig turns charity founder. His belief? That ‘World Change Starts with Educated Children.’ His charity, Room to Read, has the rather staggering statistic of opening (on average) six libraries a day.
‘So many American efforts to influence foreign countries have misfired — not least here in Vietnam a generation ago. We launch missiles, dispatch troops, rent foreign puppets and spend billions without accomplishing much. In contrast, schooling is cheap and revolutionary. The more money we spend on schools today, the less we’ll have to spend on missiles tomorrow.’
A hero after my own heart.
5. Christopher Paolini release
Fourth and final book in the Inheritance Cycle (now that it’s no longer a trilogy, mind) will be in stores on the 9th of November. There’s a competition for signed hardback additionsfor all those die hard fans.
An amen for all those left with Harry Potter withdrawals.
1. Book Banning the Second.
So last week there was the google map and I was quietly smug because Australia is extremely enlightened and would never ever etc etc.
Gold Coast, I believe you’ve met Tim Winton’s Breath ?
I admit I had a chuckle at this little section:
She said her attempts to have the book removed from the school library had failed and the school had told her it would also have to ban 50 other books if it banned Breath.
It, in a strange way, answers the question I’ve always had: why book banning isn’t as big a issue in Australia as in America (not that I want us to, you understand, I just wondered why). The answer? Banning one book would lead to banning more books and that would lead to work.
Genius. And so Australian.
2. Neil Gaiman, God is coming!
I just about squealed with this little titbit:
Wheeler Centre, Athenaeum Theatre, 9:00PM – 10:00PM, Friday 16 December 2011
From Coraline to the Sandman, the controversial American Gods to Doctor Who, Neil has made his mark by bringing fantasy and sci-fi from the fringe and into the spotlight. Join us as Neil talks about his work, his adventures and why comics aren’t just for kids.
You can buy tickets to both sessions for a special festive price here.
OH. MY. GOD. I am, unabashedly, a groupie.
3. Breaking Dawn (part 1) – Crazytown.
Another day, another Twilight movie. A marriage, a birth scene, a brewing war; what more could a fan want?
Australian release date is Thursday 17th at midnight. I’d venture to say there will be a lot of tired teenagers at your school come Friday.
Random House America has confirmed Inheritance has sold 489,500 in its first day of sales. Long live fantasy, I say.
5. The list keeps growing.
Here’s a list of YA books being turned into movies. It’s… extensive.
Mortal Instruments Trilogy (Cassandra Clare)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (
Incarceron (Catherine Fisher)
Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater)
Fallen (Lauren Kate)
In development (i.e. could go south veeery quickly)
Firelight (Sophie Jordan)
Wake (Lisa McMann)
The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
If I Stay (Gayle Forman)
Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)
Wings (Aprilynne Pike)
Divergent (Veronica Roth)
Luxe (Anna Godbersen)
6. Teen Librarians Toolbox, Top 10 Trends.
The lovely librarians over at the teenlibrariantoolbox have compiled a top 10 list of
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1. More from Neil Gaiman (aka God) – here’s his take on The Simpsons, courtesy of Spinoff Online.
2. Breaking Dawn is nearly breaking box office records, so the academics are sitting up and taking (more) notice of the phenomenon. Check out the following light-hearted approach from GoodReads which made me wonder: 1) Does anyone else see the similarity between US political preferences and Twilight readers? And 2) Should Barack Obama be afraid … very afraid?
3. Readers Feast new location unveiled. Just in from The Age, news to delight Melburnians and all those who mourned the closing of this iconic Melbourne literary landmark. It’s baaack .. and in time for Christmas!
4. Fancy a celebration of home grown crime? The Sisters in Crime 18th Annual Scarlet Stiletto awards for short stories (including a prize for Young Writers) is happening in bloodcurdling style this Friday. Follow this link to find out when and where:
5. UK author Michael Morpurgo talks about his book War Horse, about one horse’s experiences of World War I, which became a sell-out play and is soon to be a movie by Steven Spielberg. There’ wasn’t a dry eye in the house when I saw the trailer last week – I predict this’ll be a big hit next year when it arrives in cinemas here.