Fusenews: Anagnorisis, Masks of the Oculate Being, and More . . .
- Morning, folks. I’ve been looking to expand my knowledge beyond just children’s literature, so I figured a good podcast would be the best way to go. After reading Bustle’s 11 literary podcasts to get your bookish fix throughout the day I settled on Books on the Nightstand as the closest thing out there to a Pop Culture Happy Hour of books alone. Yet even at that moment I couldn’t escape the world of kidlit. The aforementioned Bustle piece also recommended a podcast called Dear Mr. Potter, described as “an extremely close read of J. K. Rowling’s series, starting with book number one. Host Alistair invites comments and thoughts from readers as he dissects each chapter, (there are live YouTube and Twitter chats before the audio is archived for the podcast) and is able to do some bang-up accents of beloved characters like Professor McGonagall and Hagrid.” Well, shoot. That sounds good too.
- Speaking of podcasts, you heard about The Yarn, right? That would be the podcast started by Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp that follows a single book through its creators and helpers. Having finished Season One, our intrepid heroes had a Kickstarter, met their goal, and are now soliciting ideas for Season Two. Might want to toss in your two cents or so. Such an opportunity may not arise again.
- So I say “Proust Questionnaire: Kidlit Edition“, and you say, “Come again?” And I repeat, “Proust Questionnaire: Kidlit Edition”, and you say, “I’m sorry, but you’re just putting a bunch of random words and names together higglety-pigglety.” At which point I direct you to Marc Tyler Nobleman and his interview series. The questions are not too dissimilar from the 7-Impossible Things interview questions, which in turn were cribbed from Inside the Actor’s Studio, (though I forget where they got them before that). For my part, I read the ones up so far and I am now entranced by Jonathan Auxier’s use of the word, “anagnorisis”. Proust would approve.
- The Bloggess likes us, we the librarians. We could have guessed that but it’s nice to have your suspicions confirmed from time to time.
- Kidlit TV: It’s not just videos! Case in point, a recent interview with my beloved co-author Jules Danielson in which she says very kind things about myself and my fellow Niblings. She is a bit too kind when she says that, “Betsy never whines or feels sorry for herself.” This is the advantage, dear children, of co-writing a book with someone in another state. They will not see you whine or kvetch in person, thereby leading them to believe that you are better than you are. Learn from my example.
- As ever, Pop Goes the Page takes the concept of activities in a children’s library (or, in some cases, a museum) to an entirely new level. Good for getting the creative juices flowing.
- And now it’s time for another edition of Cool Stuff on the Internet You Didn’t Know and Weren’t Likely to Find By Browsing. Today, the Kerlan Collection! You may have heard of it. It’s that enormously cool children’s book collection hosted by the University of Minnesota. Cool, right? You may even have known that the doyenne of the collection is Lisa Von Drasek, who cut her teeth at the Bank Street College of Education’s children’s library for years n’ years. Now she’s given us a pretty dang cool online exhibit series tie-in and if you happen to know a teacher in need of, oh say, primary sources and picture book nonfiction titles, direct them to the Balloons Over Broadway site. Explore the links on the left-hand side of the page. You won’t regret the decision.
- Here in Evanston, October will bring The First Annual Storytelling Festival. A too little lauded art that can be sublime or painful beyond belief, the festival will be quite a bit of the former, and very little of the latter. If you’re in the area, come by!
- In other news, some me stuff. I was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune. Which was neat.
- We all know from Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle that it’s the daddy seahorses that shoulders the bulk of the parenting responsibilities in the wild. Now travel with me over to Portland, Oregon where the husband of a buddy of mine just started Seahorses, “Portland’s first dad and baby store.” I helped them come up with some of the good daddy/kid picture books they’re selling there. If you’re an author in the area with a daddy/child title to your name, consider contacting them. They’re good people.
- Lucky, Baltimorians. You get to host Kidlitcon this year. I would go but my October is pure insanity, travel-wise. You go and write it up for me, so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. I don’t mind. Really.
- Daily Image:
And finally, this is precisely what you think it is.
Yep. Goodnight Goodnight, Construction Site PJs. Awesome? You betcha.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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