Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm sharing an ampersand with Jane Fonda

Lev Grossman, Jane Fonda & Ingrid Law Debut on the Indie Bestseller List - GalleyCat

Nice little blurb today at mediabistro.com. Click on the link above to read it. :)

If you bought the paperback of Scumble already, Thank You!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

90-Second Newbery - Awesome Young Filmmakers

a filmmaker from Montreal, recently shared with me how she helps organize a 2-week children's film camp for inner-city kids in Toronto--a camp inspired by children's book author James Kennedy's 90 Second Newbery Film Festival. (For more info about Mr. Kennedy and the super-cool film festival, check out http://jameskennedy.com/2011/01/13/the-90-second-newbery-film-festival/).

Claudia's program, "Filming in the City," which comes out of a community-based non-profit organization called Word-Play, inspires elementary school children to foster a love of reading, and of expression through creative writing and film making, in a supportive, creative, and inclusive environment. Word-Play operates out of the independent bookstore TYPE Books and offers its programs free of charge. Sounds like magic in action to me!

The six kids in Claudia's camp, ages 7 to 11 years old, had never made a film before. Working with Claudia, they read SAVVY, then came up with this awesome 90-second film interpretation of the book.

Great job, kids!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Paperback Day

Yay! I have to go do a little bookstore sightseeing today. I still haven't seen a copy of it yet, but SCUMBLE was released in paperback today.

And just a reminder for anyone in Colorado, I'll be signing copies of the book at:

Old Firehouse Books

August 27, 2011 - 1:00pm

232 Walnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Click here for a map


Thursday, August 4, 2011

First of three great books coming in September

It's always fun to have the chance to read a book before it hits the shelves. Recently, I had the opportunity to read three books that will be coming out in September and I thought I'd write a little bit about each of them, in separate posts, in order of publication date. For books two and three, I'm hoping to be able to post author interviews as well. So, stay tuned!

I pulled Frank Cottrell Boyce's new book, The Unforgotten Coat, out of my post office box and finished it before I got home, reading it in short stints while sitting in various parking lots between errands. It is a short (112 pages), gentle book tinted with subtle magic that gives readers another perspective on immigration, and how it is experienced by children. While The Unforgotten Coat is tagged as a middle grade book, I believe people of all ages will find beauty in this story.

From Amazon: When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in Julie’s Year Six class, no one, least of all Julie, knows what to make of them. But then Chingis, the older of the two, proclaims that Julie is to be their "Good Guide" a nomadic tradition that makes her responsible for welcoming the brothers to their new home. Now Julie must somehow navigate them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang, all while trying to win Shocky’ s attention and an invitation to her friend Mimi’s house. Often laugh-out-loud funny, this moving and simply told novella tugs at the heart — a unique story of immigration both fierce in its telling and magical in its characters.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Cosmic and Millions, among other much-applauded titles. The Unforgotten Coat will be released in the U.S. by Candlewick on September 13.