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26. Award Winning Comics Announced at the Munich Comics Festival!

The Comicfestival München (Munich Comics Festival) was held last weekend, and numerous comics and graphic novels were honored with the Peng! Award, and the ICOM Independent Comics Award.

Tagesspiegel reports on the winners of the Peng!, and has incredible photos!

The nominees and winners (💬):


BESTER DEUTSCHSPRACHIGER COMIC [Best German Language Comic]:

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GHETTO BROTHER: EINE GESCHICHTE AUS DER BRONX von Julian Voloj & Claudia Ahlering (avant)
GUNG HO von Benjamin von Eckartsberg & Thomas von Kumman (Cross Cult)
💬 IRMINA von Barbara Yelin (Reprodukt)
DER TRAUM VON OLYMPIA von Reinhard Kleist (Carlsen)
DAS UPGRADE von Ulf S. Graupner und Sascha Wüstefeld (Cross Cult)






BESTER EUROPÄISCHER COMIC [Best European Comic]:

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DER ARABER VON MORGEN von Riad Sattouf (Knaus)

DER ATTENTÄTER von Henrik Rehr (Jacoby & Steward)

AYA von Clément Oubrerie und Marguerite Abouet (Reprodukt)

BLACKSAD # 5: Amerillo von Juan Diaz Canales und Juanjo Guarnido (Carlsen)

💬DER SCHIELENDE HUND von Étienne Davodeau (Egmont)


BESTER NORDAMERIKANISCHER COMIC [Best North American Comic]:

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LOCKE & KEY # 6: ALPHA & OMEGA von Joe Hill und Gabriel Rodriquez (Panini)

PEANUTS – AUF ZU DEN STERNEN, CHARLIE BROWN von Vicky Scott u. a. (Cross Cult)

RACHEL RISING von Terry Moore (Schreiber & Leser)

SANDMAN: OUVERTÜRE # 1 von Neil Gaiman und J. H. Williams III (Panini)

💬HIER von Richard McGuire (Dumont)


BESTE COMIC-BERICHTERSTATTUNG [Best Comics Reporting]:

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BESTE COMIC-SEKUNDÄRLITERATUR [Best Book About Comics]:

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DER COMIC – GESCHICHTE, STILE, KÜNSTLER von Klaus Schikowski (Reclam)
DAS COMIC!-JAHRBUCH 2015 (ICOM)
DEUTSCHE COMICFORSCHUNG von Eckard Sackmann (auch Hg.)
GOING WEST – DER BLICK DES COMICS RICHTUNG WESTEN von Alexander Braun
💬75 JAHRE MARVEL. VON DEN ANFÄNGEN BIS INS 3. JAHRTAUSEND von Roy Thomas (Taschen)






 

BESTE NEUVERÖFFENTLICHUNG EINES KLASSIKERS [Best New Reprint of Classic Comics]:

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💬FLIEGENPAPIER von Hans Hillmann (avant)

DIE HAIE VON LAGOS von Matthias Schultheiss (Splitter)

LITTLE NEMO GESAMTAUSGABE von Winsor McCay (Taschen)

SPIROU-GESAMTAUSGABE von André Franquin (Carlsen)

TARZAN von Burne Hogarth (Bocola)


 

BESTE COMICVERFILMUNG [Best Film Adaptation from a comic]:

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BAYMAX – RIESIGES ROBOWABOHU

GEMMA BOVERY – EIN SOMMER MIT FLAUBERT

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KINGSMAN – THE SECRET SERVICE

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BESTER ONLINE-COMIC [Best Webcomic]:

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💬BEETLEBUM von Johannes Kretzschmar

A HOUSE DIVIDED von Haiko Hörnig und Marius Pawlitza

NiGuNeGu von Oliver Mielke und Hannes Radke

SCHISSLAWENG von Marvin Clifford

WORMWORLDSAGA von Daniel Lieske


 

BESTER ASIATISCHER MANGA [Best Asian Manga]:

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BILLY BAT von Naoki Urasawa und Takashi Nagasaki (Carlsen)

💬DER GOURMET von Jiro Taniguchi (Carlsen)

GUTE NACHT, PUNPUN von Inio Asano (Tokyopop)

MAGICAL GIRL OF THE END von Kentaro Sato (Tokyopop)

DIE MONSTER MÄDCHEN von Okayado (kaze)


 

BESTER DEUTSCHSPRACHIGER MANGA [Best German-language Manga]:

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💬78 TAGE AUF DER STRASSE DES HASSES von David Füleki (Tokyopop)

KIMI HE: WORTE AN DICH von Christina Plaka (Carlsen)

LOST CTRL von Evelyne Park (Carlsen)

MARTILLO’S MYSTERIOUS BOOKS von Luisa Velontrova (Tokyopop)

TEMPEST CURSE von Martina Peters (Carlsen)


From Tom Bunk’s blog: http://bunkstuff.blogspot.com/

In addition, Tom Bunk received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Eckart Schott of Salleck Publications was honored for special services for the Munich comics scene.


ICOM Urkunde_2015On the same day, ICOM (Interessenverband Comic e.V., The Comic, Cartoon, Illustration and Cartoons Interest Group) announced their awards spotlighting independent comics. The link to the award winners is here, along with an index of past German comics award winners.  (ICOM dates back to 1994.)

Bester Independent Comic [Best Independent Comic]

„Als ich mal auf hoher See verschollen war“ von Maximilian Hillerzeder (Edition Kwimbi)

Bester Kurzcomic [Best Short Comic]

„Insel Karkinos“ von Tim Gaedke

Herausragendes Szenario [Outstanding Scenario]

„The Right Here Right Now Thing“ von Paulina Stulin (Jaja Verlag)

Herausragendes Artwork [Outstanding Artwork]

„Die kleine blaue Melancholie“ von Yi „Yinfinity“ Luo

Sonderpreis der Jury für eine bemerkenswerte Comicpublikation

[Special Jury Prize for a remarkable comic publication]

„Ach so ist das?!“ von Martina Schradi (Zwerchfell Verlag)

Sonderpreis der Jury für eine besondere Leistung oder Publikation [Special Jury Prize for a special performance or publication]

Comic Solidarity (Eva Junker, Lukas Wilde, Sebastian Kempke)

Honorable Mentions

„Mister Origami“ von Bastian Baier und Robert Mühlich (Zwerchfell Verlag)

„Mondo 2“ Herausgeber: Tim Gaedke

„Oh 3“ (Zwerchfell Verlag)

„Penner“ von Christopher Burgholz (Jaja Verlag)

“Lebensfenster 2015″ Kurt-SchalkerPreis für graphisches Blogen [“Life Window (?!) 2015″ Kurt-Schalke Prize for graphical blogs AKA biocomics on the web]

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27. 2015 Robert Motherwell Book Award

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Fresh off an embargo of the news, we’re delighted to announce that Megan R. Luke’s Kurt SchwittersSpace, Image, Exile is the recipient of the 2015 Robert Motherwell Prize from the Dedalus Foundation. The Motherwell Prize, accompanied by a $10,000 award, “honors an outstanding publication in the history and criticism of modernism in the arts.” Luke’s book contextualizes, for the first time, the multidisciplinary work produced by one of modernism’s foremost innovators during the last years of his life, both during the Nazi regime and while in exile in Western Europe.

From the official announcement:

The Dedalus Foundation is pleased to announce that Megan R. Luke is the winner of the fourteenth annual Robert Motherwell Book Award, for Kurt Schwitters: Space, Image, Exile, published by The University of Chicago Press. The award, which carries a prize of $10,000, honors an outstanding publication in the history and criticism of modernism in the arts for the year 2014.

German artist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) is best known for his pioneering work in fusing collage and abstraction, the two most transformative innovations of twentieth-century art. Considered the father of installation art, Schwitters was also a theorist and a writer whose influence extends from Robert Rauschenberg and Eva Hesse to Thomas Hirschhorn. But while his early experiments in collage and installation from the interwar period have garnered much critical acclaim, his later work has generally been ignored. In the first book to fill this gap, Megan R. Luke tells the fascinating, even moving story of the work produced by the aging, isolated artist under the Nazi regime and during his years in exile.

Combining new biographical material with archival research, Luke surveys Schwitters’s experiments in shaping space and the development of his Merzbau, describing his haphazard studios in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom and the smaller, quieter pieces he created there. She makes a case for the great relevance of Schwitters’s aesthetic concerns to contemporary artists, arguing that his later work provides a guide to new narratives about modernism in the visual arts. His late works, she shows, were born of artistic exchange and shaped by his rootless life after exile, and they offer a new way of thinking about the history of art. Packed with images, Kurt Schwitters completes the narrative of an artist who remains a considerable force today.

Megan R. Luke is assistant professor of art history at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the advent of abstraction and collage, the history of photography and art reproduction, and the intersection of avant-garde art and mass culture, particularly early cinema.

To read more about Kurt Schwitters, click here.

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28. Fun Home wins Tony Award for Best Musical

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Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel won five TOny Wards on Saundya, including Best Musical, capping a road of critical triumph for the show. IN addition to Best Musical, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron won Best Original Score, Kron won for Best Book of a Musical, Sam Gold won for Best Direction of a Musical, and Michael Cerveris won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.

I was lucky enough to see the show in its opening week and it was an extraordinary night of theater, with three actors portraying Bechdel at various points in her life, Beth Malone Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas.

The above photo from the Times shows Bechdel ‘s emotion at the winning moment. Congrats to her for turning her family history into a story that has touched so many people in two mediums.

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29. Daniel Halpern Wins 2015 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

Daniel Halpern, Publisher and President of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has earned the 2015 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

The award is given out by The Center for Fiction to either an editor, publisher, or agent that has nurtured and championed fiction writers in the United States. The award honors Maxwell E. Perkins, of Scribner, one of the great American editors who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway, among others.

Halpern has had a long career supporting fiction, including editing the international literary magazine Antaeus, which he founded in Tangier with Paul Bowles. Halpern will receive the award at the Center’s December 8 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York.

“It is an honor to be recognized for doing what makes you happiest – for me, publishing fiction by some of the finest writers an editor (and reader) could imagine working with,” he stated of the honor. “But to be recognized by The Center for Fiction – an organization that supports and celebrates the art of fiction in so many important ways – is the true honor.”

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30. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Wins 6 Drama Desk Awards

Curious Incident (GalleyCat)The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time play received six honors at the 2015 Drama Desk Awards. This project, based on Mark Haddon’s mystery novel, premiered with a production at the London West End before moving to Broadway.

Variety.com reports that this stage adaptation won in the following categories: Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Projection Design, and Outstanding Sound Design in a Play. Click here to watch an official trailer.

This book-inspired play has captured six Tony Award nominations. The winners will be revealed during a ceremony set to take place at Radio City Musical Hall on June 7th. (via The New York Times)

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31. You Won’t Believe What’s Happening in Munich This Week!

Munich CC 2015 posterEvery other year, Munich hosts the Munich Comic Festival (Comicfestival München), which, like other continental comics festivals, offers a diverse international guest list while still celebrating the local talent!

For those who kann nicht Deustsch sprechen, here’s the official greeting:

The Munich Comic Festival is the second largest comic event of its kind in Germany and is alternating every other year with the Comic Salon in Erlangen. In 2015 it takes place from June 4 to June 7 with some of the exhibitions starting earlier and continuing after the festival. From Mai 7 to June 9 the exhibition “The Beatles in Comics” will be shown in the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum. Other exhibitions to be shown deal with Will Eisner at the Jewish Museum, Paco Roca and Jordi Lafebre will present their artwork in person at the Instituto Cervantes, Tom Bunk, who will be get our Peng! Award for his life’s work , will show his artwork in the Amerikahaus. And finally, the quaint Beer and Octoberfest Museum in the oldest private house of Munich will be in on the Festival.

Main location of the Festival from June 4 to 7 is the Alte Kongresshalle (Old Congress Hall) neighboring on the Oktoberfest site. Here, among other things, one can find the book fair of all the comic publishers under one roof. Also there will be drawing workshops and prominent comic artist will be available for autographs. There will also be various presentations and lectures as well as exhibits, e.g. the exhibit of artwork from our guest country Great Britain. There will also be a cosplay contest. Many prominent artists like Don Rosa, Dave McKean, Posy Simmonds, Jock, François Walthéry, Bryan Talbot, Vicki Scott, Goran Sudžuka, Rufus Dayglo or Denis Kitchen will once again be guests of the Festival.

In 2013 the Munich Comic Festival had some 12,000 visitors, not counting the many people who visited exhibits that were shown at various locations for free.

Let’s condense that: the second largest comics festival in Germany, in Munich next to the Oktoberfest grounds. (BAR-CON!) The German equivalent of Angoulême. Lots of British cartoonists. Rosa, McKean, Kitchen.

So, what’s going on?  Well…  Click on the blue headlines below for more information!

First, here’s the venue, built in the early 1950s:

Ground Floor

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(Yes, that is a bar. I suspect the pretzels are much better than those found in San Diego, especially if served with mustard!)

Munich cc 2015 2Panel rooms (and map key) (accessible to the left of the autographing stage)

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INFO!

Kids under 10 are free, teens 11-18 €15 for four days, adults €20 for four days! Thursday through Sunday.

Artists!

Exhibits!

Yes, actual installations!  Beatles! The Spirit!  Uncle Scrooge!  Tom Bunk at the Amerika Haus!

Here’s a local map!
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Programming!

(Or you can download the guidebook!) (It’s got a welcome message from the Lord Mayor of Munich! Which makes sense, since funding comes from local cultural agencies.)

Okay… this one gets highlighted!

PREMIERE DER MUSIK-COMIC-SHOW STING ILLUSTRATED

Yup, that’s the German.  And it pretty much describes what it is…  Here’s the Google translation:

Together with the Palatinate cartoonist Dennis Hauck the Munich songwriter Alex Sebastian took the complete works of Sting before: The two sat among others lyrics hits like “King of Pain” or “Message in a Bottle” in amusing comic stories about, but also made ​​before more obscure Album titles not just what can happen when it is cloudy, but do not want to rain? Why not move the better combating rivals from one day to the other? Why takes the Queen even a taxi to the train station? How do you make a woman’s right?

The result is a unique live show with comic projections that applies not only to die-hard fans Sting, but for every music and comic lovers a must. After several previews the official premiere will now take place as part of the Comic Festival.

Workshops!

Autographing!

(Which might also mean sketching!)  Wow! Don Rosa will be autographing for 14 hours over 4 days, including one 4-hour block! Get there early!

Awards!NOMINIERT-FÜR-PENG-300x273

Categories: Best German-Language Comic, Best European Comic, Best North American Comic, Best Comics Reporting, Best Books about Comics, Best Reprint, Best Film Adapation, Best Webcomic, Best Asian Manga, Best German Manga!

Dealers Room!

(FREE! But offsite. Saturday only.)

Competition!

The MVG (the Munich transit agency) is sponsoring a comics competition.  Just go to the show, and draw a comic under the theme “Simply Mobile”.  The winner gets €200 and publication in MVGinfo, a magazine of 150,000 circulation.

Cosplay!

This is kinda cool… each attendee gets a ticket, and uses that to vote for their favorite cosplayer! The ballots will then be used in a raffle! Oh, and if you come in costume on Saturday, your admission is half off!

Munich CC 2015 cosplay


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32. Preview July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine

July/August 2015 Horn Book MagazineSpecial Issue: Awards

Original cover art by 2015 Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat.

Deborah Taylor, 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, examines the winners and honorees of this year’s CSK Awards.

Jacqueline Woodson’s CSK Author Award acceptance speech.

Editor Nancy Paulsen’s profile of Jacqueline Woodson.

Christopher Myers’s CSK Illustrator Award acceptance speech.

Author Jason Reynolds’s profile of Christopher Myers.

Thom Barthelmess notices trends within the 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners and honorees.

Dan Santat’s Caldecott Medal acceptance speech.

Editor Connie Hsu’s profile of Dan Santat.

Sight Reading: Leonard Marcus on This One Summer, honored by both the Caldecott and Printz committees.

Kwame Alexander’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech.

Poet Nikki Giovanni’s profile of Kwame Alexander.

A Second Look: Kathleen T. Horning rereads 1964 Newbery winner It’s Like This, Cat.

Donald Crews’s Wilder Medal Acceptance speech.

Nina Crews’s profile of her dad, Donald Crews.

Books in the Home by Megan Lambert: #WeGotDiverseAwardBooks.

2015 Mind the Gap Awards.

From The Guide: Young Adult Memoirs.

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33. 2015 Audie Awards Revealed

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has revealed the winners of the best audiobooks of the year, the 2015 Audie Awards.

“Mandela: An Audio History” by Radio Diaries and narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman won The Award for Audiobook of the Year. The audiobook from HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books, makes use of actualities, including vintage newsreels and songs by Miriam Makeba, to tell the story of South Africa’s turbulent history.

“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman won The Distinguished Achievement in Production Award. The title from HarperAudio is narrated by Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

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34. SUMMER UPDATE!

It's SUMMER time!  That means lots of vacation and fun, but also a whole bunch of appearances and theater and exhibits and movies and stuff to do. BOOKS! June 2 sees the publication of a brand new Elephant & Piggie adventure, I WILL TAKE A NAP! Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are

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35. seawigs: lancashire fantastic book award

Huge thanks from Philip Reeve and me to all the schoolchildren from 120 schools in Lancashire who voted for Oliver and the Seawigs to win the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards! The awards committee presented Reeve and I both with special fancy pens, so we could write a couple letters back to them:



The Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards is a great scheme that encourages kids ages 9-12 to love reading, not for any specific educational target, just to get stuck into reading because it's exciting, full of adventures and unexpected companionship, and something they can have the thrill of doing for the rest of their lives. Find out more about the award and the other winners over on their website. Sadly we were unable to attend the ceremony because we were doing a tour in Frankfurt, but here's a short video Reeve, a Sea Monkey and I recorded a week earlier, while were were doing our Cakes in Space show in Stratford-upon-Avon.



Thanks so much to all the schools, teachers, librarians and award team! (Oh, and to Oxford University Press and super-talented Reeve, of course, for creating such a smashing story with me.) Check out this great mural by Lowerhouse Junior School!



Love those Rambling Islands. Awesome.

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36. SWF After Party

May was packed full of exciting book events, a number linked to the Sydney Writers’ Festival. My SWF week began with the evening announcement of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards at the Mitchell Library. It was a great opportunity to catch up with people and meet new authors. The other awards evening I attended was […]

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37. 2015 South Asia Book Award Winners

Looking for a high-quality children's or young adult book published in the U.S.A. that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad? Check out the South Asia Book Award.  To encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations for educational use, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) offers a yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on South Asia. Congratulations to this this year's winners.

2015 South Asia Book Award Winners

Twenty-Two-Cents
Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank by Paula Yoo, illustrated by Jamel Akib (Lee &Low Books Inc., 2014). Twenty-Two Cents smartly chronicles the life and inspiration behind Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, and the internationally transformative Grameen Bank’s micro-lending system. Coupled with rich illustrations that vibrantly capture the essence and depth of Yunus’ experiences, this poignant picture book easily lends itself to readers of all ages. Includes an afterword and author’s source notes. (Grades 2-5)
Bombay Blues
Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier (PUSH, an imprint of Scholastic Press, 2014). The dense, chaotic, yet lyrical, pulse of daily life in Bombay collides with the dissonant, hip-hop sensibility of affluent, urban Indian youth in this story of Dimple, a young Indian-American woman’s journey of self-discovery. (Grades 10 and up)

 2015 Honor Winners

A Time to Dance
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014). Skillfully told in verse, Veda’s inspirational story reveals an athletic young woman passionate about traditional Indian dance. When she loses a leg in an accident she must fight to determine her identity and future. (Grades 6 and up)
Chandra's Magic Light A Story in Nepal
Chandra’s Magic Light: A Story in Nepal by Theresa Heine; illustrated by Judith Gueyfier (Barefoot Books, 2014). Living in a traditional village in Nepal, young sisters pick and sell flowers at the market to earn money to buy a solar lamp which will help the air quality in their home. Soft complimentary illustrations. Excellent end notes. (Grades K-3)
God Loves Hair
God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya; illustrated by Juliana Neufeld (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014). A seemingly unconnected collection of beautifully written vignettes, tells the true story of a young Indian teen trying to find his place in the world. Shraya writes with intense honesty and insight about the cutting pain of not only being of a different race and religion, but also discovering that he is gay. Readers will be amazed by the author’s strength and resilience. (Grades 7 and up)
Secrets of the Sky Caves
Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs by Sandra K. Athans (Millbrook Press, 2014). The Mustang Cliffs in Nepal have been untouched for thousands of years. Discover how mountain climbers, archaeologists, scientists and historians all learned how to traverse the seemingly inaccessible “Sky Caves.” What secrets will these modern day adventurers discover – keys to an ancient civilization or simply plundered cave dwellings? (Grades 4-6)

2015 Highly Commended Books

A Pair of Twins
A Pair of Twins by Kavitha Mandana; illustrated by Nayantara Surendranath (Karadi Tales, 2014). A vibrantly illustrated and empowering tale of an Indian girl and her “twin,” an elephant born the same day, who bravely break down cultural and gender barriers while taking on roles historically restricted to males. (Grades K-3)
King for a Day
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan; illustrated by Christiane Krömer (Lee & Low Books Inc., 2014). Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Malik endeavors to capture the most kites during Basant, the spring festival of kites in Lahore, Pakistan, and become “king” of this special day. Includes author’s note. (PreK-Grade 2)
Escape from Tibet
Escape from Tibet: A True Story by Nick Gray with Laura Scandiffio (Annick Press, 2014). Based on a true story, two brothers from Tibet embark on a dangerous journey to India in search of a better life. A thrilling story of courage and adventure, readers will delight in Tenzin and Pasang’s trek to freedom. (Grades 5-8)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson; illustrated by Adrian Alphona (Marvel Worldwide Inc., 2014). Kamala Khan is many things – a teenager, Pakistani-American, Muslim, Fangirl, and the super hero protector of Jersey City! How is she able to balance all these roles and be the perfect daughter to her parents? Can Kamala be the new Ms. Marvel and still honor her heritage? (Grades 5-8)
The Secret Sky

The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi (Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014). This classic tale of taboo love illuminates the cultural and political complexities of present-day Afghanistan. Wrought with tension and dreams of a brighter tomorrow, The Secret Sky humanizes a land often only ever heard about in news sound bites. (Grades 8 and up)

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38. Mark Ford Wins Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism

Mark Ford has been awarded the 2015 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, which honors the best book-length works of criticism, including biographies, essay collections and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets.

The honor, given by The Poetry Foundation, was for Ford’s work “This Dialogue of One: Essays on Poets from John Donne to Joan Murray” from Eyewear Publishing. The award includes $7,500 in prize money. The prize will be presented at a ceremony at the Poetry Foundation on Monday June 8. The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize will also be presented at the ceremony.

\"If more literary criticism were like this, more people would read it,\" British journalist John Lanchester has said of Ford’s work.

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39. Why Don’t Books About Women Win Awards?

Novelist Nicola Griffith has analyzed the winning books of six major book awards over the last 15 years and has come to the conclusion that both women authors and story’s written from a woman’s perspective are less likely to win awards.

Griffith looked at data from the Pulitzer Prize, Man Booker Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Hugo Award and Newbery Medal. She found for instance that men were more likely to get a Pulitzer Prize. While women authors had won the award, it was only for works in which the narrative was from the man’s perspective or at least both a man and woman’s perspective. (No narratives written soley from a woman’s perspective won the award). Here is more from Griffith’s blog:

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that, when it comes to literary prizes, the more prestigious, influential and financially remunerative the award, the less likely the winner is to write about grown women. Either this means that women writers are self-censoring, or those who judge literary worthiness find women frightening, distasteful, or boring. Certainly the results argue for women’s perspectives being considered uninteresting or unworthy. Women seem to have literary cooties.

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40. Five Authors Share Their Favorite Writing Prompts

New Voices Award sealThis year marks our sixteenth annual New Voices Award, Lee & Low’s writing contest for unpublished writers of color.

In this blog series, past New Voices winners gather to give advice for new writers. This month, we’re talking about writing prompts and what gets the creative juices flowing.

Linda Boyden, author of The Blue Roses, New Voices Winner 2000

Prompts are all around us. When I do school visits, I refer to the place where our imaginations live as the “Cosmic Goo,” and urge them to wander outside looking and listening to the wonders that spark our imaginations to awake. Nature is a never-ending source of writing inspirations. Because I am a voracious reader, I glean phrases from the books I devour. Since the Espresso Shotend of 2011, I have written a poem a day as the means to jump-start my prose writing. I use many of the phrases I’ve underlined in the books I own for my daily poetry prompt.

Paula Yoo, author of Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds, New Voices Winner 2003

My favorite writing prompt is to write from the point of view of an animal. It’s a writing exercise I teach in my writing classes as well. I love this writing exercise not only because I’m an animal lover and Crazy Cat Lady (ha) but because it forces you to think from the point of view of someone who is definitely NOT YOU. You have to know and embody the nature and physicality of the animal character, and it forces you to look at story and emotion with a new perspective. It’s a great exercise for point of view writing, and it helps me when I do write another children’s book because I am very conscious of writing from a child’s perspective, which is so different from mine as an adult.

Glenda Armand, author of Love Twelve Miles Long, New Voices Winner 2006

I don’t need much to prompt me to write. Usually I have the opposite problem. I need to a compelling reason to stop writing:

It’s past midnight and I have to substitute teach in the morning.

Clothes are mildewing in the washer.

The fridge would be empty if not for egg whites and ketchup.

On the other hand, a writing prompt for me would be an early morning after a good night’s sleep: My mind is clear.

My thoughts are flowing.

My coffee is steaming.

My computer is calling.

I answer the call.

Pamela Tuck, author of As Fast As Words Could Fly, New Voices Winner 2007

I don’t really write from prompts, but what I try to use as a guideline for all my writing is the use of sensory details: Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, Smelling and Tasting. It’s not always relevant to include all of these details, but it’s good to include at least 3 within a scene. If I feel that I can’t move forward in a story, I’ll “step inside” my character and try to figure out what “I” am seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling or tasting at that point. If my character is neutral, then it’s time to rewrite the scene.

Jennifer Torres, author of Finding the Music, New Voices Winner 2011

I enjoy finding and thinking about interesting writing prompts, but I don’t have a favorite. I have to confess, when it comes to writing prompts, I usually don’t get past the “thinking about it” stage. However, I used to work for a daily newspaper, and I learned from that experience how valuable it can be to cultivate a habit of writing – in a structured way – every day. And I turn to newspapers, sometimes, when I’m stuck or need a place to start. Headlines can make for some pretty great prompts. Direct quotes are even better – like an overheard piece of conversation. Here’s one that helped me pull FINDING THE MUSIC into focus: “He wanted to rest in peace, but with music.”

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41. BINC Reveals Higher Education Scholarship Winners

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has revealed the winners of its 2015 Higher Education Scholarship Program. The foundation has awarded $200,000 to 53 students to help fund their continuing education.

The winners were chosen from a group of 128 applicants. From PhDs in sociology to degrees in teaching, theater and library science, the scholarships will help fund the education of industry booksellers/owners or their dependents or former Borders employees or their dependents. Follow this link to see a complete list of winners.

The awards were broken down in denominations of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,500. The scholarships can be used toward tuition, school fees, books and supplies, as well as room and board.

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42. ‘Song of the Sea,’ ‘Over the Garden Wall’ Win Reubens

The National Cartoonists Society has recognized the Irish animated feature and the Cartoon Network mini-series for outstanding achievement in animation.

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43. Roz Chast wins the Reuben Award

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The Reuben Awards were given out over the holiday by the National Cartoonists Society, and Roz Chast won the Reuben Award, a once in a lifetime trophy only bestowed on the finest cartoonists. Chast is only the third woman to win the Reuben—Lynn Johnston won in 1985 and Cathy Guisewaite in 1993—and she beat out Hilary Price and Stephen Pastis for the honor, mostly on the strength of her graphic novel Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, a book that has racked up a ton of awards and acclaim for Chast, along with a $250,000 prize.

The rest of the divisional winners are as follows:

Magazine Feature / Magazine Illustration
Tom Richmond

Newspaper Illustration
Anton Emdin

Greeting Card
Glenn McCoy

TV Animation
Patrick McHale, Creator (Over The Garden Wall)

Feature Animation
Tomm Moore, Director, (Song of the Sea)

Advertising / Product Illustration
Ed Steckley

Book Illustration
Marla Frazee (The Farmer and the Clown)

Magazine Gag Cartoon
Liza Donnelly

Graphic Novel
Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother)

Comic Book
Jason Latour (Southern Bastards)

Online Comics – Short Form
Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots)

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Online Comics – Long Form
Minna Sundberg (Stand Still, Stay Silent)

Newspaper Panel Cartoon
Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)

Editorial Cartoon
Michael Ramirez

Newspaper Comic Strip
Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

The Reuben Award
Roz Chast

Special honorees this year were Mort Drucker and Jeff Keane. The kudos were handed out at the annual NCS dinner, held this year in Washington DC, and Michael Cavna was there to record the scene, which like just about everything else in comics, was notable for featuring six female winners, a record!

On Saturday night, in a ballroom holding hundreds of top cartoonists, the organizers might as well have piped in Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” because for only the third time in the event’s six-decade-plus history, a woman — the New Yorker’s Roz Chast — received the group’s big honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. And her trophy capped what may well be the event’s winningest night ever for female writers and artists, as six women won in the 16 competitive categories.

Tom Spurgeon has a little commentary on the winners here, and notes that the NCS has to move forward, just as newspapers make up less and less of the cartooning world, hence the awards for animation and graphic novels and webcomics, while still battling a bit of “old skool” sensibilities as an organization. I would say that Girls with Slingshots is exactly the kind of webcomic that you’d expect the NCS to honor—but it’s also a webcomic deeply deserving of recognition. So despite the changing of the guard nature  of the awards they kind of turned out okay.

 

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44. PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship Seeks Submissions

PEN Center USA is looking for submissions for its 2016 Emerging Voices Fellowship. The literary fellowship exists to help launch literary careers for writers that lack the tools and access to do so on their own.
Writers can find applications at this link. The deadline for submissions is August 10, 2015. Fellows that are selected will earn a $1,000 grant and will participate in an eight month professional mentorship program. This includes courses donated by UCLA Writers’ Extension Program, being a part of hosted Author Evenings with authors and several public readings in Los Angeles.Fellows will be paired with mentors. In the past, Sherman Alexie, Aimee Bender, Chris Abani, Héctor Tobar, Ron Carlson, Jerry Stahl, Susan Straight and Harryette Mullen have all served as mentors.

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45. Children’s Book Wins Australian Book Awards Book of the Year

“The 52-Storey Treehouse” by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton has won book of the year at the 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards. The book’s publisher, Macmillan Pan Macmillan Australia, won the publisher of the year.

The book follows the adventures of two the two creators as they try to build a massive tree house. Here is more from the book’s description:

Andy and Terry’s incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storeys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve – where is Mr Big Nose???

“Lost & Found” by Brooke Davis won the award for best general fiction book. “Foreign Soil” by Maxine Beneba Clarke won the award for best literary fiction book. “Where Song Began” by Tim Low won the prize for best general nonfiction book of the year.

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46. Awards and School Visits

If your book receives awards, will that increase your school visit invitations?

http://coolschoolvisits.com/2015/04/30/will-awards-net-you-more-author-visit-invitations/

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47. Orion Book Award Finalists Revealed

Orion, the bimonthly magazine that publishes writing that explores the connection between nature and culture, has revealed the finalists for the 2015 Orion Book Award.

The books were chosen based on their ability to “deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing.” Five fiction finalists and five nonfiction finalists were selected.

The five fiction finalists for the 2015 Orion Book Award are: “The Bees” by Laline Paull (Ecco); “Divine Animal” by Scott Russell Sanders (Earth Works Publishing); “Invisible Beasts” by Sharona Muir (Bellevue Literary Press); “The Land of Love and Drowning” by Tiphanie Yanique (Riverhead Books); and “Long Man” by Amy Greene (Alfred A. Knopf).

The five nonfiction finalists include: “A Country Called Childhood” by Jay Griffiths (Counterpoint); “Feral” by George Monbiot (The University of Chicago Press); “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt and Company); “Windfall” by McKenzie Funk (The Penguin Press); and “Zoologies” by Alison Hawthorne Deming (Milkweed Editions).

The winners will be announced in the second week of June.

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48. ‘Waves ’98′ Beats Out Live-Action Shorts For Cannes Palme d’Or

An animated project wins the top short film prize at Cannes.

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49. ‘Song of the Sea’ Wins Top Prize at Irish Academy Awards

Cartoon Saloon's latest animated feature goes up against live-action features and wins!

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50. #NLLD15 First Time Attendee

So, at some point in February, I decided that I would apply for YALSA’s travel stipend to attend #NLLD15.  I was hopeful and I received the award.  So, I planned my trip, contacted my state coordinator, packed my bag, and was off to Washington.

dupont circleI arrived at 12:30 on Sunday at Ronald Reagan International Airport.  I took Southwest and was able to get a pretty economical ticket.  I found my way to the METRO station, purchased a Smart Ride Card, and hopped on the Metro toward Dupont Circle.  I was on my way to the First Time Attendee Session at the ALA Washington Office.

I stopped for a quick photo on Dupont Circle.  I think Annette Bening made a bigger deal out of it in the “America President” than it was.  Three quick blocks and I stopped at Kramer Books & Afterwords Café for Lunch.  They have an amazing brunch/luncheon menu on Sundays and it is a restaurant attached to a bookstore. Nirvana!  I had the crab cake open faced sandwich.  ( I found it on Urban Spoon.)ala office

After lunch, I walked the 2 blocks to the ALA Washington Office.

The meeting for first time attendees was amazing.  We worked on techniques for speaking with Senators and Representatives.  We talked about “the ask”.  I even managed to take a selfie with the presenter, Stephanie Vance.

Working on your asking skillsThe training was inspiring.  We had the opportunity to meet other librarians and media specialists from across the country.

I headed back to the host hotel after the meeting to meet up with my state delegation for dinner.  We went to a local restaurant and talked about our goals and appointments for the next day.  Oops!  I was supposed to make some appointments!

The next morning, we had a full day of sessions on the different issues and pieces of legislation affecting libraries at the host hotel.  Our state coordinator found a few minutes to have a pastry.Florida delegationCharlie takes a break

Since, I hadn’t made any appointments the day before, I took the list of representatives that were not yet contacted from Florida and made some calls to set up appointments with their staffers.  I managed to contact all but two and schedule appointments throughout the next day.

 

In the evening, we attended a reception for the librarians at the Dirksen Building, where some of the Senate Committees meet.  I met the YALSA President and the Director and we were photobombed during a selfie.  I also managed to photobomb the President of ALA during a speech to the delegates.

YALSA prez director and me           Working on my testifying

After a quick breakfast the next morning, we were off to the Capitol to visit and discuss the issues.  As usual Southern charm rules and the Florida delegation was warmly received by the staffers of our Representatives and Senators.  Our delivery was professional and I believe our message was heard.  I was encouraged that most were interested in us because we were their constituents in the districts.

It was an interesting experience that I would love to have the chance to repeat.

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After a quick bite in the underground cafeteria, I was off to the METRO for one last ride to the Airport.  Thank you, YALSA for the opportunity to #act4teens and represent the interests of Florida libraries in Washington.

Grand Central Station           Metro seal

 

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Vandy Pacetti-Donelson is a Library Media Specialist. She is a library advocate and board member for the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Find her online at www.eliterateandlevelingup.com or follow her on Twitter @VandyPD.

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