A Media Inventory

First things first: on the right is the Graceling cover for the Portuguese language edition published by Alfaguara Infantil & Juvenil in Portugal (not to be confused with the Portuguese language edition that will be published by Rocco in Brazil). —-> Okay, ready? Book most recently read and enjoyed:Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey. Book I’m… Read more »

More Pieces

I’m always anxious to spell people’s names correctly when I’m signing books, and in a foreign country where the names and pronunciations are unfamiliar, I really need to see names written in order to understand them. The two French phrases I used most often over the past few days — even more frequently than Désolé,… Read more »

Stepping in with Some Recommendations

I’m still on my blog break, but some things need to be shared. Have you ever read any Alice Munro? I’m not usually a short story reader, but Munro is one of those writers whose collections I can’t put down. I just finished The View from Castle Rock, which was as good as a book… Read more »

Madrid Miscellany

¡Hola amigos! Here’s something I saw written on a wall inside a building today in Madrid: I have sometimes dreamt that when the Day of Judgement dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards — their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble — the Almighty… Read more »

For Thursday, a Favorite Poem

Here’s some exceptional fiction I’ve read recently: The Piper’s Son, by Melina Marchetta. Realism, 328 pages. Told from the alternating perspectives of Tom Mackee and his aunt Georgie. (Tom was one of Frankie’s friends in the book Saving Francesca, and if you haven’t read Saving Francesca, well, I couldn’t recommend it more highly; it’s one… Read more »

A FAQ; A Holiday Question; Stuff; In Addition to Which: Things

The extremely silly gentleman to the right (click to make him bigger. Really. You want to see him bigger) is my friend and fellow writer Will Ludwigsen, who was flabbergasted to find Graceling in the dumps at his local Barnes & Noble. Check out his strange, sad, and lovely story “Remembrance is Something Like a… Read more »

“It was my candle to St. Jude”

Announcement: I ♥ librarians. Why? Because librarians love information, know how to find it, know how to use it, and know how to help other people find and use it; and because librarians love, care for, and offer us BOOKS. And school librarians, in particular, share their awesomeness with young people without condescension. Thanks so… Read more »

Tu Publishing; Stuff and Things; and, Our Books Are Watching Us Jealously

Via Deborah: Stacy Whitman, freelance editor and Simmons Center for the Study of Children’s Literature grad, is trying to start a new publishing company. Tu Publishing will be “a small, independent multicultural SFF press for children and YA.” A small press devoted to multicultural fantasy/SF — good idea! But — it will only get off… Read more »

Thing 1 and Thing 2; or, Photos from the Tour

At Sirens, in Vail, Colorado, I learned how to wear chain mail and intimidate people. AARRRR! I WILL CRUSH YOU!!! Thanks to Artemis for the photo :o) Moving on, at stop three in the tour — Seattle — my dear friend, secret codename: T. Lovely R., took me to meet the Troll Who Lives Under… Read more »