Story for Sara

I live in hopes of a good mail day, and today was very good indeed. Just look!

The calendar was a gift from a dear friend named Chriss Branyik and will have pride of place on my office wall.


Newberry Neil

There's an NPR interview with Neil Gaiman up here, along with an excerpt from the first chapter of The Graveyard Book. I dare you to read it and not hunger for more.


Killed Anyone Lately?

I very much liked this comment in an interview with British children's writer, Lauren Child:

“The question that I must get asked the most, which I'm most dumbfounded about, is: ‘How do you write for children when you don't have any children?'” Child scowls down into her Moomintroll coffee mug. At 39, she has a boyfriend, but no children so far. “Would you ask most writers that? Do you ask a crimewriter if he's committed any murders recently?"

You can read the rest of the profile at the timesonline and you can find out more about Child's terribly charming Charlie and Lola books here.


The Trouble with Titles

There's a little review of Where You Came From up online that opens with the following:

There is not a single factual bit of information in this book...

Is that a bad thing? I always knew I was going to get myself into trouble with that title. Can I take the opportunity now to do an informal market testing of the planned title for the next volume? I'm thinking it will be called When I Am Big.
Anyone like to weigh in on that?


Capucine for Edurelief in Mongolia

Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

Capucine is one of the more charming storytellers out there. And now she is using her internet popularity to help raise funds for a library in Mongolia.

Capucine for Edurelief in Mongolia from Capucha on Vimeo.

Simply Read Books (are simply the best)

New website for Simply Read Books!

And if you are in Vancouver this month then you can attend the launch of their latest title, Penguin and the Cupcake by Ashley Spires.


Oh Pooh

In this weekend's new and reduced Globe & Mail Books section, Martin Levin writes about the sheer awful brilliance of the book title Cooking With Pooh. Now that it's been announced that we can look forward to a new Winnie the Pooh book, licensed by the A.A. Milne estate, I wonder if we can look forward to Bringing Pooh Back From the Dead?


Memories of St. Martins

A big thanks to Storme Arden for organizing the St. Martins Christmas Fair and thanks to both her and Dorain for hosting a nice little booksigning table for me at the happy fish pottery & fine arts gallery.

That's Heidi Jardine Stoddart there at the table with me. She's the author of several very pretty books that are bound to make you want to visit St. Martins if you haven't already been.

And here's a picture of the happy fish pottery & fine arts gallery so that you can find it if you are driving down Main Street in St. Martins. Can't miss it. (pictures Storme Arden)

Located in St. Martin's ... New Brunswick's Booktown.

(image courtesy Derrick Sleep)