May 25, 2017

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The Mystery in the Bookshop

A colleague from the New York office was over for drinks last Friday and she mentioned that she forgot to bring a book for the train back.  I gave her my copy of Elizabeth Peters’ Die for Love, a cozy about an academic librarian who finds love and murder at a romance-writers convention she attends […]

BGHB wrapped up tight

The 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book judges have made their choices, and I will be happy to share them with you on May 31st, when Kwame Alexander and I will announce the winners around 5:00PM at SLJ’s Day of Dialogue in NYC and simultaneously via live-stream video on our BGHB page. Until then, please join me in thanking […]

Shut up, Rihanna

I guess the phrase “last night on TV” has been rendered obsolete, but last night on TV we watched the fourth episode of the second season of The Path, a Hulu series starring Hugh Dancy, Michelle Monaghan, and Aaron Paul about people in a cult–true believers, skeptics, and apostates (sometimes all in the same character, as […]

Shut up, Rihanna

I guess the phrase “last night on TV” has been rendered obsolete, but last night on TV we watched the fourth episode of the second season of The Path, a Hulu series starring Hugh Dancy, Michelle Monaghan, and Aaron Paul about people in a cult–true believers, skeptics, and apostates (sometimes all in the same character, as […]

Unrequired Reading

Just back from the semi-annual meeting of Boston’s Literacy Summit, where we got a first glimpse of what the Boston Public Library and the Boston Public Schools have planned for summer reading. There’s no need to dwell on my misbehavior during the opening ice-breaker; I’ll just say that I’m the kind of person who needs […]

Zena’s Night

After the Sutherland Lecture committee meeting on Friday afternoon, committee member and CPL Director of Children’s and YA services Liz McChesney gave us a tour of the soon-to-open new Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. I remember the old-old one in the Cultural Center as wonderfully shadowy, but this new one is bright and big and bold […]

Zena’s Night

After the Sutherland Lecture committee meeting on Friday afternoon, committee member and CPL Director of Children’s and YA services Liz McChesney gave us a tour of the soon-to-open new Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. I remember the old-old one in the Cultural Center as wonderfully shadowy, but this new one is bright and big and bold […]

I’m not kidding.

So the May/June special issue of the Horn Book has only been out for two days and we’ve already had two people (that I know of) cancel their subscriptions because of the lack of respect shown in that issue to our president and, by extension, those who voted him in. Of course I’m sorry to […]

Need a job?

With the lovely Siân Gaetano departing the Horn Book to become the children’s/YA editor of Shelf Awareness, we have an opening for an editorial assistant. See below. Position:            Editorial Assistant Reports To:       Managing Editor, Horn Book Guide Location:           Boston The Horn Book Guide provides comprehensive coverage of […]

Please come to Boston in the fall

If you are at TLA, stop by the Horn Book booth and promise us your unborn children give us your email address to enter a pretty fabulous raffle we have going for attendees. The winner will get airfare, two nights hotel, and free admission to the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards ceremony and Horn Book […]

Quitcher bitchin

Last week, I had a complaint from a librarian about a Magazine review in which we called a character “fucking adorable.” Although I’m enjoying the thought of editing a magazine in which such sentiments might be expressed, we of course had called a character  no such thing–it was a quote from the book under review, and […]

Ever just the same

“Roger, didn’t you know that everything goes back to ‘Beauty and the Beast?’” That was Deborah Stevenson talking to me sotto voce in 1989 or so after listening to our boss Betsy Hearne make yet another connection between some new book or other and the classic French tale to which she had given her scholarly […]

Starred reviews, May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the upcoming issue of The Horn Book Magazine. (It’s our annual special issue; this time on the topic of humor. LAUGH, dammit.) The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet; by Carmen Agra Deedy; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Scholastic) Bob, Not Bob!; by Liz Garton Scanlon and […]

Some writer, artist, friend!

I hope you’ll join me for the 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture, to be held on Friday, May 5 at 7:30PM at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Our lecturer is the wonderful Melissa Sweet; her chosen topic is “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story.” Tickets are free but you gotta reserve your […]

Diversity by the numbers

Please read Martha’s interview with K.T. Horning about the CCBC‘s fabled accounting of diversity in children’s books. I wonder what those numbers would look like from here, that is, if you counted the same variables for those books reviewed by the Horn Book Guide, would you get the same kind of numbers? I don’t think […]

What I read on my summer vacation

I’m back from a blessed week away in Palm Springs where we saw lots of sun, tennis, and friends and family. The Men’s Final was especially nice for me, as to hear a crowd of thousands shouting “Go, Roger!” is indeed a tonic. My reading shuttled between two books. I’m almost done with and completely […]

To the battlements!

Baby sis has begun her annual Battle of the Books, with Duncan Tonatiuh comparing the merits of Freedom in Congo Square and Freedom Over Me.
Also, the Horn Book Podcast is back up and running. Last week Sian talked to author and agent Rebecca Podos and…

At the bottom of my garden

Oh, I owe some of you fantasy writers an apology. Over on Twitter, I’ve been pretty hard on your  Capital Letters and apostrophes and archaisms and spelling. Mostly spelling, like “magick,” or, gilding the lily, “enmagick.” And then there’s faery. That’s a spelling that has been the fingernails on my personal chalkboard ever since chalkboards were […]

That’s a lot of men!

Actually, it’s not so much that there are a @ALotofMen in the latest newspaper misrepresentation of the children’s book biz; the problem is that there are so few. I am not suggesting the article needed More Men, simply that it seems to lack any understanding of how librarians purchase books for library collections. Sure, the road […]

The horror! The horror!

So I’m reading World War Z for my part in Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls challenge. I admit I’m only biting off a little piece at a time, but I would have devoured the thing whole in high school, where most of my reading was either fantasy or horror or Ayn Rand, but I see […]