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Posts Tagged ‘Jon Scieszka’

Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer Sign On as Indies First Spokespeople

Neil Gaiman & Amanda PalmerThe American Booksellers Association has recruited Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and his rockstar wife Amanda Palmer (both pictured, via) to serve as spokespeople for this year’s Indies First campaign.

Gaiman and Palmer penned an open letter calling for fellow writers to participate. Those who answer the call will be serving as volunteer sellers at their favorite independent bookstores on Saturday, November 29th (aka “Small Business Saturday“).

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie conceived of the idea and helped to launch this initiative last year. More than 1,100 authors participated in the 2013 event including Kelly Barson, Cheryl Strayed, and Jon Scieszka.

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Ooligan Press & Kate DiCamillo Get Booked

National_Ambassador_for_Young_People's_Literature_-_logoHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Ooligan Press has organized a launch party for a new poetry anthology entitled We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford. Join in on Tuesday, January 7th at the In Other Words bookstore starting 7:30 p.m. (Portland, OR)

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Kate DiCamillo Crowned National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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Flora & Ulysses author Kate DiCamillo has been named the fourth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She will serve in this role for the next two years.

As Ambassador, she will travel the country and promote reading under the platform “Stories Connect Us.” DiCamillo, who will be officially inaugurated on January 10th in Washington D.C., succeeds Fallen Angels author Walter Dean Myers. Past ambassadors also include The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales author Jon Scieszka and Bridge to Terabithia author Katherine Paterson.

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Authors Volunteer to Serve as Guest Booksellers at Independent Bookstores

2228_51171819722_1401_nHave you ever imagined getting recommendations from a National Book Award-winning author while shopping at a bookstore? On November 30th (aka “Small Business Saturday“), bibliophiles may meet some of their favorite writers serving as guest booksellers at independent bookstores.

Some of the authors who have volunteered to take part include Wild novelist Cheryl StrayedBattle Bunny writer Jon Scieszka (pictured, via), and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian author Sherman Alexie. Follow this link to view a map of the participating bookstores.

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Readers & Writers Celebrate Judy Blume’s Birthday

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has collected birthday wishes for the legendary author, Judy Blume.

The Giver author Lois Lowry, former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka and Internet Girls series writer Lauren Myracle all contributed messages.

Scieszka and Myracle shared photos of themselves posing with Blume. Read all the messages on the NCAC blog.

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15 Books That Make Us Feel Nostalgic

What books do you remember most fondly from childhood?

Over at the nostalgia section of Reddit, readers have been sharing the books that make them feel most nostalgic.

To help our readers rediscover these childhood classics, we’ve linked to free samples of the 15 Most Nostalgic Books below–ranked in order by the books’ popularity among Reddit readers.

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Chris Van Allsburg on Picture Book Writing

More than 25 years ago, children’s author Chris Van Allsburg published The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of 14 mysterious illustrations.

For The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, Van Allsburg teamed up with thirteen fellow writers to create short stories inspired by these drawings. The group of authors include Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and an introduction by Lemony Snicket.

This powerhouse group of writers has collectively won one Pulitzer Prize, three National Book Awards, five Newbery Medals and several Caldecotts.

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Children’s Book Creators Celebrate National Doodle Day

Publishers Albert Whitman & Company, Chronicle Books, Gibbs Smith Publishers, and Running Press, have joined together to celebrate this year’s National Doodle Day. In preparation for the May 12th event, several authors and illustrators of children’s books have donated doodles for its annual eBay auction.

Here’s more from the press release: “Daniel Pinkwater, Annie Barrows, Tom Lichtenheld, Calef Brown, Peter Reynolds, Eric Carle, Jon Scieszka, Mo Willems, and Lydia Bastianich all agreed to create unique doodles for the auction. Doodles can be viewed at doodledayusa.org until the launch of the eBay auction on May 12.”

Some authors, like Kurt Vonnegut, have attracted as much fame for their doodles as they have for their writing. Reportedly, this is the first year publishers have participated in National Doodle Day. The publishers will host public events on that day in the following cities: Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Sausalito.

Stephenie Meyer Wins Author of the Year Award

bookweek.jpgIn a gala ceremony in New York City last night, the Children’s Choice Book Awards gave the Author of the Year prize to Stephenie Meyer for her novel, “Breaking Dawn.”

The winners were chosen in six categories, broken down by age groups–220,000 online votes were cast by children around the country. The awards ceremony celebrated the 90th observance of Children’s Book Week, which lasts from May 11-17, 2009. Read the complete list of winners after the jump.

Here’s more from the release: “The awards ceremony, hosted by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka, included the presentation of an Impact Award to Whoopi Goldberg in recognition of her vast contribution to the promotion of literacy and the love of reading among young people.”

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