Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
National Poetry Month Poetry Friday schedule:
a.. April 1 http://poemfarm.blogspot.com/
a.. April 8 http://www.madiganreads.com/
a.. April 15 http://randomnoodling.blogspot.com/
a.. April 22 http://bookaunt.blogspot.com/
a.. April 29 http://www.tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
As you may (or may not) know, this week is National Library Week. In celebration of this (AND to celebrate National Poetry Month), blogger Tina Nicholas Coury has an interview of Ann Wagner, youth Librarian for the Santa Monica Public Library Main Branch.
You can read this interview at Tina's blog, Tales from the Rushmore Kid.
Monday, April 11, 2011
My writer friend, Katie Davis, periodically posts podcasts (which she calls, Brainburps) on her blog. For National Library Week she has a real goodie. She describes it like this:
"On Monday (today) I'll be posting my Library Love episode - an homage - for Library week. In it I have the authors below talking about how libraries or librarians did great things for them as children, and how it helped them grow into authors.
There are songs, jokes (Mordicai Gerstein tells one that cracks me up every time) and it's just a great homage to librarians, who are so slammed right now."
(Here is a list of all the authors featured in this Podcast. If you click on over to Katie's blog, you'll see that she has set up each of these names with links to THEIR blogs or websites. It's an author lovefest!)
Laurie Halse Anderson
Sarah Darer Littman
Hope Anita Smith
Tanya Lee Stone
Kristin O‚Donnell Tubb
Karen Romano Young
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Weinstein, Muriel Harris. Play, Louis, Play! Illus. by Frank Morrison. New York: Bloomsbury, 2010.
This biography of Louis Armstrong seems to be narrated in a conversational tone by the very first horn he played. Since I also have had a biography of Louis Armstrong published, and this book has been placed in the biography area of libraries by Library of Congress catalogers, naturally I was immediately upset at how it seemed to break some basic rules of writing biographies.
With a talking horn, the book seems to be more fiction/ fantasy than real biography -- especially because it also seems as if the author has inserted a lot of made-up conversations and thoughts. However, when I checked the bibliography in the back of the book, I noticed one book that had not been published when I was writing my own biography of Armstrong. It’s possible that the author got these quotes and thoughts from that collection of Armstrong’s words. However, without footnotes, the reader can’t tell what is true from what is made up. I also noticed a few mistakes. For instance -- Armstrong didn’t blow a ‘toy’ horn while working on the Karnofsky’s rag cart. It was a long ‘tin’ horn. A perfectly decent horn used by peddlers and carriages to warn pedestrians that they were coming through.
The author is an award winning poet who uses language brilliantly, but I can’t help but wonder if the conversational, jazzy language the horn is supposedly using is anything like that spoken among jazz fans in New Orleans. “Louis’ heart cracked like an old clamshell.” Lovely use of words, but since there aren’t clams in the Gulf, would a New Orleans’ horn use such a simile? Actually the writer overuses similies on every page.
Remember earlier when I talked about historical fiction versus true nonfiction? Well, this is the book that I found so disturbing. Once you've read this book, I'd love for you to come back and let me know what you think. -wO