- First and foremost: YAY! The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature winners and honor books have been released and Octavian Nothing took home best fiction, but more importantly my MFA advisor, the brilliant Tim Wynne-Jones, got one of the two honor slots for Rex Zero and the End of the World. Yay!
- Bookninja has Ray Bradbury saying something nutty about Farenheit 451 not being about censorship.
- Austin uses a comment by Zadie Smith on the intersection between writing and personality as a jumping off point for his own thoughts on the subject.
- Betsy’s best children’s novels you’ve never read list. Must locate copy of The Winged Girl of Knossos. Library not helping.
- Quills finalists and, hey, they actually are way better this year.
- Southern gothic haunted mansion goodness in the NYT. Is a bright purple jacket on a man a dead giveaway of a certain predilection for the mystical? Discuss.
2 thoughts on “Monday Hangovers”
I saw the Southern Gothic article and was immediately consumed with desire for one of those houses. Greek revival and decay–an compelling combo. I think I could happily live in that attic forever (or until the humidity drove to the nearest motel with a/c.) There’s something about the Southern Gothic vibe that just never gets old. It is the whiff of cruelty and sorrow that lingers? Or the heat and humidity? Or is it because the Past isn’t even Past there? Whatever it is, it works.
Re, best children’s books you’ve never read, I would add a book I read recently and LOVED! The book is called Atherton by Patrick Carman. Found it on the take shelf at work and read it in one damned sitting. But nobody else seems to have heard of it. I posted a little about it here.
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