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Posts Tagged ‘Laurie Halse Anderson’

Gary Shteyngart & Laurie Halse Anderson Get Booked

littleHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Author Gary Shteyngart will headline a conversation event with actor Oliver Platt to discuss his new memoir Little Failure. Hear them on Monday, January 20th at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Michelle Markel Shares Biography Picture Book Writing Advice

GalleyCat prowled the halls of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 42nd Annual Summer Conference this weekend, collecting some writing intelligence for children’s book writers in the audience.

During a special workshop, award winning kid’s author Michelle Markel shared some great advice about writing “sparkling” nonfiction for children.

Below, we’ve collected some tips from the author of Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 and The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau.

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Revolving Door News at Penguin Books for Young Readers & Zola Books

A number of publishing industry veterans made new career moves this week.

Kenneth Wright will join Penguin Books for Young Readers as vice president and publisher of Viking Children’s Books. Prior to this move, Wright worked as a literary agent at Writers House. Some of the writers and illustrators he has worked with include Caldecott Medalist Allen Say, Where Things Come Back author John Corey Whaley and Charles and Emma YA novelist Deborah Heiligman.

Regina Hayes will step down as president and publisher of the imprint, becoming editor-at-large. Hayes has been in children’s publishing for 30 years. She has worked with New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen, Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson and Max & Ruby series creator Rosemary Wells.

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Researcher Suggests Ratings System for YA Books

Should there be a ratings system for young adult books?

Brigham Young University professor Sarah Coyne studied the 40 YA books that topped the New York Times bestseller list in the summer of 2008, identifying 1,500 “profane words” in the books.

She explained her thoughts at U.S. News: “I think we put books on a pedestal compared to other forms of media … I thought long and hard about whether to do the study in the first place—I think banning books is a terrible idea, but a content warning on the back I think would empower parents.”

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Wall Street Journal Reporter Sparks Controversy with YA Readers

Wall Street Journal reporter Meghan Cox Gordon criticized themes of “explicit abuse, violence and depravity” in YA fiction over the weekend. As of this writing, her controversial essay has received 71 comments and 152 responses on Facebook.

Here’s more from the article: “Now, whether you care if adolescents spend their time immersed in ugliness probably depends on your philosophical outlook. Reading about homicide doesn’t turn a man into a murderer; reading about cheating on exams won’t make a kid break the honor code. But the calculus that many parents make is less crude than that: It has to do with a child’s happiness, moral development and tenderness of heart. Entertainment does not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.”

What do you think? The YA community responded with scores of online essays and the #YAsaves twitter hashtag. Below, we’ve listed tweets from several popular YA authors. The video embedded above features the band Tiger Beat performing their musical homage to the genre “YA Song.”

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Laurie Halse Anderson Fights ‘Soft Pornography’ Label

Award-winning novelist Laurie Halse Anderson (pictured with this GalleyCat correspondent at BEA 2010) wrote the controversial young-adult book Speak, where the female protagonist is the victim of rape. A Missouri college professor recently labeled her work as “soft pornography.”

In response to professor Wesley Scroggins’ claims, Anderson wrote a personal blog entry: “The fact that he sees rape as sexually exciting (pornographic) is disturbing, if not horrifying. It gets worse, if that’s possible, when he goes on to completely mischaracterize the book. Some people say that I shouldn’t make a big deal about this. That I am giving him more attention than he deserves. But this guy lives about an hour and half from the school district that banned Sherman Alexie‘s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian this month. My fear is that good-hearted people in Scroggins’ community will read his piece and believe what he says. And then they will complain to the school board. And then the book will be pulled and then all those kids who might have found truth and support in the book will be denied that.”

Hours after Scroggins’ pronouncement, the Twitter hashtag #speakloudly was born. The Internet community united in this tweeted conversation.

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Penguin Group Launches Multimedia Site

puboffice2.jpgPenguin Group USA launched a new multimedia From the Publisher’s Office initiative today, a collection of free video and audio content to accompany book excerpts.

In addition to a new “reading room,” the site has two new multimedia spaces. In the Screening Room, videos feature authors like J.R. Ward and Laurie Halse Anderson. In the Radio Room, content ranges from audio interviews with Penguin Classics Executive Editor Elda Rotor to intelligence from Penguin Business Thought Leaders.

Here’s more from the release: “Most of the content for From the Publisher’s Office is created, written, shot, edited and produced by more than 30 Penguin Group (USA) executives and department team members who are closest to the content, some having worked directly with the books.”