Big news of the day — Liz Burns is now blogging over at SLJ. I assume you're all reading her A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy already, but if not this is a great time to start. I pick up lots and lots of YA based on Liz's astonishingly numerous and well-crafted reviews.
JoSelle Vanderhooft did a great profile of the marvelous Subterranean Press in last week's issue of PW. A snippet: "This is just one example of Subterranean's impressive versatility. Its publications run the gamut from novels and short story collections to novellas, chapbooks, and even picture books, like Patrick Rothfuss and Nate Taylor's The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed, a spooky illustrated story in the tradition of Edward Gorey that the press has labeled "not a book for children." The press also supports a quarterly online magazine of free fiction, which was begun to introduce Subterranean to new readers. Since the magazine moved from paper to the Web, Schafer says that sales at the press have soared."
At the HuffPo, Rebecca Serle talks with the fabulous Kathi Appelt about American fantasy: "You know a lot of my students want to write fantasy and they tend to fall back on the traditional terms–castle, fairy, etc. There isn't necessarily anything wrong with that but it does take us out of America. What I'm interested in is the notion of how you create fantasy using an American ethos." I've heard Kathi talk about this before and wholeheartedly agree that more is needed. (And can't wait to order that lecture she mentions from VCFA.)
I'm a little in love with this news story. There's a shortage happening in the human bone industry, which is especially problematic for artists who like working with them: "Our skulls are running very low," says Villemarette. The few that he has in stock are expensive, running in the neighborhood of $1,400 to $1,600. Most of those are designated "Research Quality," meaning they can only be sold to doctors or academic institutions. On the other hand, "we have lots of fibula. . . . And ribs? We have a lifetime supply of ribs."