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July 24, 2014

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Chronicle | 2014 Preview

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SLJ was in San Francisco for Chronicle’s Fall 2014 Preview where illustrated children’s books with vibrant visuals were the showstopping hits.

Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zienty

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Illinois school librarian and winner of the “Soon to Be Famous Author Project” with her book The Things We Save, has had a huge year—and it almost didn’t happen.

Tag Team: Collaborations in Books

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What happens when more than one author works on a single book? Find out.

SLJTeen Chats with Emily Kiebel, Debut Author of ‘Serenade’

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SLJTeen chats with debut author and choral singer Emily Kiebel about her novel Serenade, which focuses on a teen overcoming her grief at her father’s death while learning that she comes from a long line of sirens.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

Q & A with Matthew Quick, Author of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

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SLJ catches up with Matthew Quick, author of the page-to-screen hit The Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ to Be Released in Theaters This August

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YA author Gayle Forman has a big summer coming up, keynoting the upcoming SLJ SummerTeen free virtual event on July 24 and awaiting the release of the page-to-screen adaptation of her 2009 hit novel If I Stay.

Authors John Green and James Patterson Stuck in Midst of Ongoing Battle of Amazon vs. Hachette

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Hachette authors James Patterson and JK Rowling, and John Green of Penguin/Random House, are just some of the authors embroiled in the ongoing public battle between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over the renegotiation of their contract on profit share. Amazon has been cited with using bullying tactics, Hachette books sales have suffered, and authors, like John Green, are speaking out.

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

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“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Inside and Outside the Palace Gates | A Conversation with Candace Fleming

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I thought, “I cannot do another princess story. We “oooh” and “aaah” over the Fabergé eggs and palaces and court life, the happy family, and the royal romance between Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. But the story of the Romanovs often excludes the rest of the history. They weren’t minding the store.

Sure #WeNeedDiverseBooks but don’t forget #WeNeedMoreWalterDeanMyerses

Sure #WeNeedDiverseBooks but don’t forget #WeNeedMoreWalterDeanMyerses

“We haven’t just lost a great author. We’ve lost a man that filled a very great need in our children’s literary landscape,” writes Betsy Bird.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

Press Release: Obituary – Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

The Debut: SLJTeen Chats with Cartoonist Mimi Pond, ‘Over Easy’

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Hard core fans of The Simpsons may recognize Mimi Pond’s name—she wrote the first full-length broadcast episode in 1989. Librarian Jeremy Engel chats with her about her graphic novel debut and coming-of-age story Over Easy.

Kid Lit Authors Share the Love During ALA Speed Dating Event | ALA Annual 2014

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Ding! With the peal of a bell, 21 children’s and YA authors started chatting eagerly to tables of librarians during a ‘speed dating’ event at the ALA Annual Conference.

Klassen and Brooks Take UK’s Greenaway and Carnegie Medals

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On June 23, Caldecott-winning Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat and Kevin Brooks’s The Bunker Diarytook top honors in the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards for children’s literature. Backlash surrounding the Carnegie pick continues to develop.

How to Build a Bestseller with Non-White Characters

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Creating a blockbuster with diverse characters requires years of commitment, collaboration, and buy-in from every segment of the publishing community.

Interview: ‘Tales of Jailhouse Librarian’ Author Marybeth Zeman

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Librarian and author Marybeth Zeman recounts her experiences working with incarcerated teens awaiting trials for offenses from misdemeanors to murder. Interview by Alicia Eames.

An All-American Superhero: Gene Yang on His Latest, ‘The Shadow Hero’ | Up Close

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SLJ interviews author Gene Luen Yang, whose latest work, The Shadow Hero, is an informative and entertaining exploration of the superhero.

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Coming Soon: Association of American Publisher’s Author Speed Dating Event | ALA 2014

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For those attending the upcoming American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas this year (June 26 – July 1), the Association of American Publishers is holding a Children’s and Teen Author Speed Dating Event on June 28; RSVP to attend.

Author Peter Sís Soars High with Airport Tapestries

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Award-winning author and illustrator Peter Sís has found a new way to share his art with the world: by designing tapestries honoring the memories of Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, and poet Seamus Heaney.