Walt Whitman’s works have been analyzed by scholars since his passing in 1892 and University of Idaho American literature assistant professor Zachery Turpin is digging through archives and manuscripts in search of Whitman’s “lost” works. Turpin joins us to talk about his quest for literature’s “National Treasure.”
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Twelve-year old Lucy Lareau already is a published author, partnering with her mother Liz on a planned 10-book graphic novel series – the “Geeky F@b 5” – to inspire tween girls to raise their voices and make a difference.
Their first – “It’s Not Rocket Science,” to be released July 31 by New York-based Papercutz – premiered in New Orleans last month at the American Booksellers Association Children’s Institute. And on that conference’s heels in the same city, the Laureau ladies served on a girl-power graphic novel panel at the American Library Association’s annual conference and exhibition, June 21-26.
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We ran some data on our 30,000 reviews recently and there were some shocking results.
Actually, I’m kidding; there was absolutely nothing shocking. At least, not for anyone familiar with the industry. 90% of our adult reviewers are female (I love how, when I’m presenting this data to publishers, it’s often to a room where the audience is 100% female). And rather reassuringly, 20% of our readers had chosen to read that book because of its cover. Its cover. Not some fancy gizmo. Not because of the format. The good old fashioned, been around for hundreds of years, cover.
And yet, as an industry, there always seems to be a drive to innovate. That we’re continually waiting for the death of the book as we know it, and some exciting new thing, which is going to blow everything out of the water.
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When it comes to getting the word out about their books, indie authors need all the tools they can get their hands on. It might be in the form of blog tours, book swaps, ARC giveaways, or other types of meaningful promotion, but any mechanism for putting a book in front of readers is welcomed.
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Children in the U.S. are often introduced to America’s troubled and cruel history through movies, television programs, and children’s books. Historical fiction is frequently the means by which children learn about atrocities such as the enslavement of African Americans, racial segregation, Japanese-American internment, and the genocide of Native Americans.
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Eighty years ago — on June 14, 1938 — the very first Caldecott Medal was awarded to author and illustrator Dorothy P. Lathrop in honor of her many achievements and contributions as a picture book illustrator.
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