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1. Merriam-Webster Names ‘Culture’ Word of the Year

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Merriam-Webster have chosen “culture” as the Word of the Year for the United States.

The other nine words that appear on this “top 10″ list include nostalgia, insidious, legacy, feminism, je ne sais quoi, innovation, surreptitious, autonomy, and morbidity. The team posted a word cloud image featuring all ten words on Twitter (embedded above). The web edition of this dictionary has listed several definitions for “culture”:

  • The act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education.
  • Expert care and training.
  • Enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.
  • The integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.
  • The act or process of cultivating living material.

Here’s more from Merriam-Webster.com: “Culture is a big word at back-to-school time each year, but this year lookups extended beyond the academic calendar. The term conveys a kind of academic attention to systematic behavior and allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group: we speak of a ‘culture of transparency’ or ‘consumer culture.’ Culture can be either very broad (as in ‘celebrity culture’ or ‘winning culture’) or very specific (as in ‘test-prep culture’ or ‘marching band culture’).”

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2. Gillian Flynn Nabs Golden Globe Nomination

Gillian FlynnGone Girl novelist Gillian Flynn has earned a Golden Globe nomination in the “Best Screenplay” category. Flynn (pictured, via) worked as a professional journalist for fifteen years; this project marked her debut as a screenwriter.

The film adaptation also nabbed three other nominationsRosamund Pike for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), David Fincher for Best Director, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Best Original Score. The awards ceremony will take place on January 11, 2015. (via Vanity Fair)

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3. Tiphanie Yanique Takes 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

unnamedAuthor Tiphanie Yanique has won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books/The Penguin Group).

The annual prize, awarded by The Center for Fiction, was presented to Yanique at the The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on December 9. Last year’s winner Margaret Wrinkle, presented the award, which includes a $10,000 cash purse.

Here is more about the novel from the press release:

Her novel is placed in the early 1900s when the Virgin Islands were transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half-brother. Each of them is unusually beautiful and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.

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4. AAP Honors Educational Publishing Leaders

AAP.Logo.Blue.RGB.Screen.ResolutionThe Association of American Publishers (AAP) has revealed the winners of the Lamplighter Honors, an award that celebrates “individual excellence in educational publishing.”

During this year’s awards ceremony, which took place last night, Frank Ferguson, founder of Curriculum Associates, was added to the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame.

This year’s Visionary Award winners include: Todd Brekhus, President of Capstone Digital and Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise. Corinne Burton, President of Teacher Created Materials, won the Member of the Year award. Kathy Hurley, Executive Vice President of Education Alliances at the Pearson Foundation, took the Ambassador Award

AAP launched the On the Rise award category for the first time this year. Winners include: Tyler Bosmeny, the co-founder and CEO of Clever; Jocelyn Leavitt the CEO and co-founder of Hopscotch; and Christopher Rogers, the Media & Technology Specialist at Greene Street Friends School, as well as the Founder and Lead Director of JustMaybeCo.

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5. Instagram of the Week - December 8

A brief look at 'grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform. A new month with a new season approaching can only mean one thing -- new book displays! From fireplaces Catching Fire to snowmen and book trees, these displays were snow cool that we just had to share. What types of displays are you putting together this month? Do your teens have a role is putting everything together?

It's also the time of year for "Best of" book lists. The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards were recently announced as were Epic Reads' 2014 Shimmy Award Winners. YALSA announced the finalists of both the William C. Morris and Excellence in Nonfiction Awards and School Library Journal presented their list of the 70 best books of 2014. Are you using social media to promote these titles and educate teens about these awards? If so, tell us how in the comments section below.

To view this week's Instagram images, please follow this link: Instagram of the Week - December 8

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6. Master List: The Best Comics of 2014

chast Master List: The Best Comics of 2014

Trying to keep up with all the end of year Best of lists for comics? Graphic Policy has you covered. . They’re not only keeping a tab of the lists, but adding up the mentions. It will not surprise you to know that Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant is leading the list, with How to be Happy at #2, but we’re just getting started. While Graphic POlicy’s Brett Schenker seems to have it all under control, if you have a best of list he hasn’t seen, can’t hurt to drop him a line.

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7. Time Unveils Top 10 Lists For Fiction, Nonfiction & Young Adult Books

TimeTime magazine has unveiled the “Top 10 Everything of 2014.” Three of the lists focus solely on books: “Top 10 Fiction Books,” “Top 10 Nonfiction Books” and “Top 10 YA Books.”

The titles that claimed the top spot on each list include The Secret Place by Tana French (fiction), Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe (nonfiction) and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (young adult). Did any of your favorite titles make it to the lists?

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8. ‘The New York Times’ Reveals ’100 Notable Books of 2014′ List

nytlogoThe New York Times Book Review has unveiled its list of “100 Notable Books of 2014.” It features books from the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres.

The editors of The New York Times Book Review selected the 100 titles. Follow this link to see the full list.

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9. Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Revealed

goodreads 2014Goodreads has announced the winners of this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards. With 46,154 votes, Landline by Rainbow Rowell has won in the Best Fiction category.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winning titles below. Did your favorite writer make it to the end?

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10. SoI announces jury for 2015 MoCCA Awards of Excellence

 SoI announces jury for 2015 MoCCA Awards of ExcellenceThe jury for next year’s MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence — a prize for cartoonists has been announced and it’s stellar:  Charles Burns, Annie Koyama, David Plunkert, Andrea Tsurumi, and Alexandra Zsigmond. The awards recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival and will be the subject of a show at the Society of Illustrators from May 12 – June 13, 2015. The  rest of the announcement below:

Society of Illustrators Executive Director Anelle Miller says, “The exhibitors at the MoCCA Arts Festival are among the most daring and inventive voices in comics and illustration working today, and we are pleased to celebrate their importantwork and advance the Society’s long heritage of recognizing the finest artists in all fields of illustration with the MoCCA.

Judging of the MoCCA Arts Festival will happen Saturday, April 11th in the afternoon. Judges will convene and discuss each of their favorites based on submissions they will have received in February, ultimately deciding on 5 “Awards of Excellence” to be named that evening. All materials chosen in the jury’s initial survey will be acquired by Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a newly-established MoCCA Arts Festival collection, to be expanded Guidelines for submitting work will be posted on the Society’s website after applications are approved and tables are confirmed in mid December. The deadline to apply to the MoCCA Arts Festival is December 5th, and applications are available to download from the website at www.societyillustrators.org.

Charles Burns is an American cartoonist and illustrator whose dark and thrilling comics have received wide praise and multiple awards. Burns came to prominence in the 1980s with his work for RAW, and later went on to publish several books through Fantagraphics including El Borbah (1999), Big Baby (2000), and Skin Deep (2001). In 2005, Burns published  a single volume of his hit Black Hole (Pantheon).

Annie Koyama is the publisher behind Toronto-based Koyama Press. Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is known for their  alternative edge and diverse range of titles including Michael DeForge’s Very Casual, Julia Wertz’s The Infinite Wait and  Other Stories, Walter Scott’s Wendy, and many more.

David Plunkert’s client list includes Capitol Records, Gatorade, NPR, Nickelodeon, Nike, Rolling Stone, The New York  Times, to name a few. In 1995, he co-founded Spur Design, a design studio located in Baltimore, MD. He has been  recognized by numerous organizations including Communication Arts, Graphis, and the Society of Illustrators. In 2014,  he premiered his self-published comic Heroical, which received a 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Award of Excellence.

Andrea Tsurumi is an illustrator and cartoonist whose comic Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch won the 2013 MoCCA  Arts Festival Award of Excellence. She earned her BA from Harvard and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and her  notable client list includes The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Ballantine Books, The New York Academy of Medicine,  and many more. Her work also appears in several anthologies including Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream (Locust

Alexandra Zsigmond is the Deputy Art Director for The Opinion Section at The New York Times where she curates illustration and comics. Since graduating from Stanford University in 2004, she has worked as program coordinator and designer for several organizations including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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11. 42nd Annie Award Nominations Announced: Complete List

Laika's "The Boxtrolls" topped the noms with a total of thirteen; the awards will be handed out January 31, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

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12. The Best Children's Books of 2014: A List of Lists and Awards

A roundup of the year-end "best of" lists and children's literature prizes. Most of the books on these lists were published in 2014; a few lists include titles from prior years, too. I will update this page regularly, so if you see something not mentioned here, give me a holler in the comments or on Twitter @Susan_Thomsen. Comments are open but moderated, due to spam woes.

See also the lists for 2013, 2012201120102009, and 2008

©Susan Thomsen, 2014.

The blog Largehearted Boy maintains a huge list of all the online "best books" lists. Also, Confessions of a Science Librarian collects lists of best science books (for adults).

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Amazon

American Booksellers Association

B

Blackwell's. Recommendations by booksellers. (UK)

Blue Peter Book Awards. Shortlists announced Dec. 4. (UK)

Boing Boing. Gift guide includes some books for kids.

A Book Long Enough. Picture book nonfiction.

Booklist: Arts
Booklist: Black history
Booklist: Religion and spirituality
Booklist: Science and health
Booklist: Sports
Booklist: Sustainability

Brain Pickings

British Comic Awards (via Forbidden Planet International)

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. "Guide book to gift books." (PDF)

C

Caldecott Medal. To be announced Feb. 2, 2015.

Canadian Children's Book Centre. Holiday reads.

Carnegie Medal. Nominations. (UK)

Chapters Indigo (Canada)

Christchurch City Libraries (New Zealand) 

Costa Children's Book Award. Shortlist. (Scroll down longer list.) UK

F

Financial Times (UK)

G

Geek Dad. Gift book list includes some children's titles.

Globe and Mail. Top 100 list includes some children's books.

Goodreads Choice Awards. Middle grade & children's. Winner announced Dec. 2.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Picture books. Winner announced Dec. 2.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Young adult. Winner announced Dec. 2.

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Hockey Book Reviews. Not a "year's best," per se, but a list of 2014 hockey books includes books for children.

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International Latino Book Awards

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Kate Greenaway Medal. Nominations. (UK)

King County (Washington) Library. Teens.

Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews: "Best picture books that celebrate diversity."

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Latinas for Latino Lit

Lire. In French, list of best books includes a jeunesse category. (via L'Express)

Longitude Books. Travel books.

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Mumsnet. Books for the children aged 3 and younger. (UK)

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National Book Award for Young People's Literature (Scroll down on page for kids' category.)

National Science Teachers Association. "Outstanding science trade books for students K–12."

National Outdoor Book Awards. Children's book category included.

New England Book Awards. List includes kids' book. (via Boston Globe)

Newbery Medal. To be announced Feb. 2, 2015.

New Jersey Family

New York Times Best Illustrated Books Award (slide show)

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Parents Magazine

Publishers Weekly. Middle grade.
Publishers Weekly. Picture books.
Publishers Weekly. Young adult.

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Readings. Gift guide. (Australia)
Readings. Young adult books. (Australia)

The Root: Nonfiction by black authors includes one kids' book.

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize (UK)

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SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle. Children's books gift guide.

School Library Journal

School Run (UK)

Smart Books for Smart Kids

Smithsonian: Gift guide for kids and babies includes a few books. Science nerd gift guide has more; some appropriate for older kids and teens.

Spectator (UK)

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Teaching for Change

Telegraph (UK)

Toledo Blade

Toronto Public Library. Books for children under five. (Canada)

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Wall Street Journal

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13. Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

The nominees in the four juried categories of the FIBD 42 have been announced, 35 “Official Sleections”, 12 in the “comics for young readers” category, 10 in the “best reprint” category and 5 in the “mystery novel” aka Polar category (all descriptions are my own.) “Polar” which you see so often in various listing at Angoulême, as best I can make out, tarnslates as a “light mystery” or thriller category….kind of the popular genre in Franco-Belgian comics, as opposed to say, superheroes. If I’m wrong, please someone correct me.

The  nominees include many international cartoonists including Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, David Petersen, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Taiyo Matsumoto, Asaf Hanuka and so on. I think there are many French cartoonists who are a bit better known in the US here listed as well, including Loisel, Brecht Evans, Hussenot and  Blutch. It’s all an indication of how even local comics scenes have gone global in the last few years.

I’ve included the the French titles from the press release, but the covers will help sort out some of these for non French speakers.

La Sélection Officielle

SO 01 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

L’arabe Du Futur Tome 1
Riad Sattouf / Allary

SO 02 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Autel California – Tome 1 Face A – Treat Me Nice
Nine Antico / L’association

SO 04 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Beta… Civilisations (Volume 1)
Jens Harder / Actes Sud – L’an 2

SO 03 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Barthélémy L’enfant Sans Âge
Simon Roussin / Cornélius

SO 06 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Building Stories
Chris Ware / Delcourt

SO 05 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Blast Tome 4 Pourvu Que Les Bouddhistes Se Trompent
Manu Larcenet / Dargaud

SO 07 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Calavera
Charles Burns / Cornélius

SO 08 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Cet Été Là
Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki / Rue De Sèvres

SO 09 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Le Chef De Nobunaga Tome 4

Takurô Kajikawa, Mitsuru Nishimura / Komikku

SO 10 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

L’enfer En Bouteille

Suehiro Maruo / Casterman

SO 11 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Hommes À La Mer
Riff Reb’s / Soleil

SO 14 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Lastman Tome 6
Balak, Mickaël Sanlaville Et Bastien Vivès / Casterman

SO 12 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Julio
Gilbert Hernandez / Atrabile

SO 13 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

K.O. À Tel-Aviv Tome 2
Asaf Hanuka / Steinkis

SO 15 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Little Tulip
François Boucq, Jérôme Charyn / Le Lombard

SO 16 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Locke & Key Tome 6 – Alpha Et Oméga
Gabriel Rodriguez, Joe Hill / Milady

SO 18 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Lune L’envers
Blutch / Dargaud

SO 17 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Love In Vain
Mezzo Et Jean-Michel Dupont / Glénat

SO 20 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Max Winson Tome 1 – La Tyrannie
Jérémie Moreau / Delcourt

SO 19 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Magasin Général Tome 9 – Notre-Dame-Des-Lacs
Régis Loisel, Jean-Louis Tripp / Casterman

SO 21 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Mes Cent Démons!
Lynda Barry / Çà Et Là

SO 22 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Moderne Olympia
Catherine Meurisse / Futuropolis – Musée D’orsay

SO 23 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Un Océan D’amour
Grégory Panaccione Et Wilfrid Lupano / Delcourt

SO 24 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

L’or Et Le Sang Tome 4 – Khalil
Merwan, Fabien Bedouel, Maurin Defrance Et Fabien Nury / Glénat

SO 26 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Que La Bête
Fleurisse Donatien Mary / Cornélius

SO 25 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

PANTHÈRE
Brecht Evens / Actes Sud BD

SO 28 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Sukkwan Island
Ugo Bienvenu / Denoël Graphic

SO 27 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Saga Tome 3
Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan / Urban Comics

SO 30 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Ulysse, Les Chants
Du Retour Jean Harambat / Actes Sud Bd

SO 29 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Sunny Tome 1
Taiyô Matsumoto / Kana

SO 31 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Vermines Tome 1 – Le Retour De Pénélope
Guillaume Guerse, Marc Pichelin / Les Requins Marteaux

SO 33 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Voir Des Baleines
Javier De Isusi / Rackham

SO 34 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Vous Êtes Tous Jaloux De Mon Jetpack
Tom Gauld / Éditions 2024

SO 32 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Les Vieux Fourneaux Tome 1 – Ceux Qui Restent
Paul Cauuet Et Wilfrid Lupano / Dargaud

SO 35 couv 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Yekini, Le Roi
Des Arènes Lisa Lugrin Et Clément Xavier / Éditions Flblb

La Sélection Jeunesse

 

S JEU 02 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Boule À Zéro Tome 3 – Docteur Zita
Ernst Et Zidrou / Bamboo

S JEU 01 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Au Pays Des Lignes
Victor Hussenot / La Joie De Lire

S JEU 03 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Caterina Tome 1 – Le Gang Des Chevelus
Alessandro Tota / Dargaud

S JEU 04 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Emile Et Margot Tome 4 – Merci Les Monstres !
Olivier Deloye, Anne Didier Et Oiivier Muller / Bd Kids – Bayard

S JEU 05 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Hilda Et Le Chien Noir
Luke Pearson / Casterman

S JEU 06 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Karton Tome 1 – Taméus Trognebarde
Uwe Heidschötter Et Patrick Wirbeleit / Bd Kids – Bayard

S JEU 07 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Légendes De La Garde Tome 3 – La Hache Noire
David Petersen / Gallimard

s jeu 08 couv cmjn Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Passe
Passe Dawid Et Delphine Cuveele / Éditions De La Gouttière

S JEU 10 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Les Royaumes Du Nord Tome 1
Clément Oubrerie Et Stéphane Melchior / Gallimard

S JEU 09 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Quatre Sœurs Tome 2 – Hortense
Cati Baur Et Malika Ferdjoukh / Rue De Sèvres

S JEU 12 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Le Temps Des Mitaines

Anne Montel Et Loïc Clément / Didier Jeunesse

S JEU 11 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Seven Deadly Sins Tome 5
Nakaba Suzuki / Pika

 

La Sélection Patrimoine

S PATR 02 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Daredevil Par Frank Miller Tome 1
Frank Miller, Klaus Janson / Panini

S PATR 01 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Capitaine Albator
Intégrale Leiji Matsumoto / Kana

S PATR 04 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Green Lantern & Green Arrow
Neal Adams, Dennis O’neil / Urban Comics

S PATR 06 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

La Malédiction De Rascar Capac Tome 1
Hergé Et Philippe Goddin / Casterman

S PATR 03 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Gilles La Jungle
Claude Cloutier / La Pastèque

S PATR 05 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

2001 Night Stories
Histoire De La Sainte-Russie, Gustave Doré / Éditions 2024

S PATR 07 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Pogo Tome 1
Walt Kelly / Akileos

S PATR 08 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

San Mao, Le Petit Vagabond
Zhang Leping / Fei

S PATR 09 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Sandman Tome 4
Collectif Et Neil Gaiman / Urban Comics

S PATR 10 couv CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Sex & Fury
Bonten Tarô / Le Lézard Noir

La Sélection Polar

SP0 2015 COUV 02 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Gotham Central Tome 1
Michael Lark, Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka / Urban Comics

SP0 2015 COUV 01 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Fatale
Max Cabanes, Doug Headline / Dupuis

SP0 2015 COUV 03 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Moi, Assassin
Keko, Antonio Altarriba / Denoël Graphic

SP0 2015 COUV 04 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

À Shioguni
Florent Chavouet / Philippe Picquier

SP0 2015 COUV 05 300 CMJN Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

Wet Moon Tome 1
Atsushi Kaneko / Casterman

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14. Call for Entries: second Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Competition

SOI 2015CFE Call for Entries: second Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Competition

Last year the Society of Illustrators inaugurated a comics art competition similar to the one for illustrators they’ve been running for many years. (Disclosure: I was a judge.)  The Comics and Cartoon Art Annual offered a printed guide to the best comics of the year in a succinct form. The competition is back in 2015, chaired by Steven Guarnaccia, with Co-Chair: R. Sikoryak. The above art is by Bendik Kaltenborn. I had a great time with my fellow judged and absorbing a great many new cartoonists and established one in a new guise. I’m sure this year will be an even better compeition. Entry guidelines are below. Last year’s winners are here. 


 
ABOUT THE COMIC AND CARTOON ART ANNUAL

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce the second annual Comic and Cartoon Art Competition.
Open to artists worldwide, entries are considered by a jury of professionals, including renowned cartoonists, illustrators, publishers, and editors. The competition will result in an exhibition that will showcase the most outstanding works created in this genre throughout each year.

The original works will be exhibited in the MoCCA Gallery at the Society of Illustrators from June 16 through August 15th, 2015.

Opening Award Galas will be scheduled where Medals and Certificates will be presented to the artists whose works are judged best in each category.

All accepted entries will be reproduced in a full color catalog.

A selection of 40 works from each Exhibition will then tour colleges throughout the country in an educational traveling show, a tradition that we have had at the Society for over 30 years.

CATEGORIES

Long Form: A work that is longer than 40 pages. Includes graphic novels, comic books, etc. An anthology is eligible in this category if it is created by one person, and the individual stories form a cohesive whole. If stories should be judged independently, please submit an entry form per person.

Short Form: A work that is more than two pages but shorter than 40 pages. Includes stand-alone work, zines, comic books and work that has been published in anthologies. Work appearing in anthologies may be entered in this category if the individual story is shorter than 40 pages. If stories should be judged independently please submit an entry form per story.

Special Format: Work that is design-driven and created with special attention to production values, including limited edition, small press, hand-made and artist’s books.

Digital Media: Work that is native to a digital format. Includes web comics, online comic strips, and other digitally driven works. Up to 20 images accepted per entry.

Comic Strip: A short-form work published in newspapers, magazines, books, online, etc. featuring four or more panels. Must be one page or less.

Single Image: Work featuring a self-contained narrative image with or without caption. Includes gag cartoons, political cartoons, single-panel cartoons, etc.

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HOW TO ENTER LONG FORM & SHORT FORM BOOK SUBMISSIONS

Eligibility: Any book that was created from January 2014 – January 2015. Both published or self-published are accepted. International entries are welcome. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category.

How to enter: Mail 6 copies of the publication to the Society of Illustrators: 128 East 63 Street, New York, NY, 10065. Attn: Comic and Cartoon Art Competition. Must include the official entry form with each copy.

DEADLINE: Monday, January 5, 2015.

Entry Fees For Book Submissions:
$30 per entry (includes all six copies) for non-members of the Society of Illustrators.
$20 per entry (includes all six copies) for members of the Society of Illustrators.
Include a check with the entry. Checks made out to Society of Illustrators.

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15. Oxford Dictionaries Names ‘Vape’ Word of the Year

Oxford DictionariesThe Oxford Dictionaries have chosen “vape” as the Word of the Year for the United States.

According to the OxfordWords blog, this word “originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. The OxfordDictionaries.com definition was added in August 2014: the verb means ‘to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,’ while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape. The associated noun vaping is also listed.”

As electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) rise in popularity, linguists predict that usage of word will only continue to increase. Some of the words that made it to the short list include “budtender,” “normcore,” and “slacktivism.” In past years, the organization picked “selfie,” “gif,” and “refudiate” to receive this honor.

 

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16. Review of Brown Girl Dreaming

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by Jacqueline Woodson
Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin
328 pp.    8/14    978-0-399-25251-8    $16.99    g

Here is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy in Ohio, but that just serves to underscore the vividness of the material once she begins to share her own memories; once her family arrives in Greenville, South Carolina, where they live with her maternal grandparents. Woodson describes a South where the whites-only signs may have been removed but where her grandmother still can’t get waited on in Woolworth’s, where young people are sitting at lunch counters and standing up for civil rights; and Woodson expertly weaves that history into her own. However, we see young Jackie grow up not just in historical context but also—and equally—in the context of extended family, community (Greenville and, later, Brooklyn), and religion (she was raised Jehovah’s Witness). Most notably of all, perhaps, we trace her development as a nascent writer, from her early, overarching love of stories through her struggles to learn to read through the thrill of her first blank composition book to her realization that “words are [her] brilliance.” The poetry here sings: specific, lyrical, and full of imagery: “So the first time my mother goes to New York City / we don’t know to be sad, the weight / of our grandparents’ love like a blanket / with us beneath it, / safe and warm.” An extraordinary—indeed brilliant—portrait of a writer as a young girl. martha v. parravano

From the September/October 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Brown Girl Dreaming is the winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

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17. National Book Award Winners for 2014

nationalbookawardPhil Klay has won the Fiction award for his book Redeployment from The Penguin Press/Penguin Group (USA).

Evan Osnos has won the Nonfiction award for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Louise Gluck won the Poetry award for Faithful and Virtuous Night from Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

The Young People’s Literature award went to Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming from Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan.

The National Book Award winners for 2014 were revealed tonight. If you want to read all the finalists, we’ve collected free samples of the finalists in all the categories below. Who was your favorite this year?

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18. Neil Gaiman & Ursula Le Guin at the National Book Awards

ursula_leguinAuthor Neil Gaiman presented the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Ursula Le K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards this evening.

Before tonight, the two had only met once in an elevator at a sci-fi writer’s conference more than two decades ago in the Midwest. They were on an elevator together and she asked him, ”Are there any room parties tonight that you know of?”  and he replied, “I don’t know.”

While Gaiman had never met LeGuin in person, her work played a huge role in influencing his writing. As a young writer, Gaiman couldn’t figure out how to copy her style as he did with other writers because her work was so “clean.” So he cheated and read her essays on writing to help inform his own writing when he was a young writer.

“She raised my consciousness,” he said explaining that she opened his eyes to women’s issues. “She made me a better writer and much more importantly, she made me a better person who wrote.” (more…)

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19. Goodreads Choice Awards Graphic Novel Nominees Announced

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Goodreads, the social media network for readers, has its 2014 has its Best Graphic Novels & Comics 2014 nominees up. And they are

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon
Locke & Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega (Locke & Key #6) by Joe Hill and GAbriel Rodriguez
Batman, Vol. 4: Zero Year – Secret City by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama
Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1 (The Rift, #1) by Guene Luen Yang and Gurihiro
Saga, Volume 3by Brian K. Vaughan and Scott Snyder

This list may not be the most indicative of the literary side of comics, but as a snapshot of what actual readers are enjoying it’s not too bad.

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20. British Comic Awards winners announced

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The winners of the third annual British Comics Awards were announced during the Thought Bubble fest and they are:

Best Comic – The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

Best Book – The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)

Young People’s Comic Award – Hilda and The Black Hound by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)

Emerging Talent – Alison Sampson for her artwork on Genesis (Image Comics) and ‘Shadows’ from the In The Dark anthology (IDW)

Hall of Fame – Posy Simmonds

I can’t think of five better books and people to represent Comics 2014. A conversation between Simmonds and Maura McHUgh will be posted on the BCA site in a few days.

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21. ‘Soot,’ ‘Boy and the World’ Top Cinanima in Portugal

See the full list of winners from Portugal's Cinanima festival.

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22. The National Book Awards is Tonight

nationalbookawardTonight is the National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. GalleyCat will be covering the event live on our GalleyCat Twitter feed and on this blog. You can also watch a live webcast of the event at this link.

At the ceremony last year, this GalleyCat editor interviewed author E.L. Doctorow, as well as authors Gene Luen YangWendy Lower and Tom McNeal, and they all shared their advice for writers.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the National Book Awards finalists. (more…)

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23. National Book Award Nominees Share Writing Advice

nbaGalleyCat is at the 65th annual National Book Awards tonight in New York. We have been speaking with the nominees about their advice for writers.

Maureen N. McLean, the nominee in the poetry category for This Blue said: “Have open ears and read dead writers because they are channeling sounds that are still alive and they might attune you to things in the air that aren’t necessarily on the web or on TV or on a video game. English is a huge big weird language and why not swim in it.”

Steve Sheinkin, Young People’s Literature nominee, for his book The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights told us that the goal is: “to get to that point where you just show it to somebody. Everyone will always tell you, ‘you have to write every day,’ so you know that. But what really accelerates the improvement, is getting past that fear of showing it to somebody and really listening to what they say open-mindedly. It will be so much better after two or three smart and trusted readers have given you feedback and the whole rest of the world will never know that it was bad to begin with.” (more…)

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24. What Makes an Award Winning Book?

sharondraperWhat makes for an award winning book? Author/teacher Sharon M. Draper, the chair of committee of judges for the Young People’s Literature, says that it is all about “the language, the charters, the imagery, the history.”

We caught up with Draper at the National Book Awards ceremony where she let us in on how the committee went about selecting books for the category. Faced with 294 submissions, the team set out to find “books that were compelling, books that were lasting, books that young people would want to read over and over again,” Draper explains.

“It is almost indescribable what makes an excellent book, but you know it when you read it and you just say, ‘this one is something that is worthwhile,” concludes Draper. “I used to be a teacher, so I know what young people do, I write for young people so I kind of know what they are looking for and what they like and what they’ll reject.”

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25. Jillian Tamaki wins Governor General Award for This One Summer

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Another win for a graphic novel as Jillian Tamaki won canada’s Governor General Award : for This One Summer in the Children’s Literature Illustrations category. This is a prestigious Canadian literary award, and its the first win for a graphic novel, although cousin Mariko Tamaki was nominated for their previous collaboration, Skim, and Mariko was nominated in the Children’s Literature category this year. Jillian gets the hometown hero treatment from the Edmonton Journal (she’s a native of Calgary.)

It’s the first Governor General nomination for Jillian Tamaki but, strangely, not the first time her work has been nominated.  There was controversy back in 2008 when Skim, the first book she created with her cousin, was nominated in the text category but not for illustrations. Tamaki argues that separating illustration and story into two categories for comics does not make a lot of sense,  suggesting that it may be time for a separate category for graphic novels.

“It’s the same strange divorce of text and image for this one as well,” Tamaki says. “I think we are both creators of the book. You can’t read a comic without either component, it won’t make sense. It’s something I will always be addressing when talking about the award. But I am completely flattered by the honour and will be sharing the prize with my cousin.”


The National Book Awards ceremony is tonight where Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant is a finalist. Fingers crossed!

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