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Friday, June 22, 2012

Un-post. Really.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins, for Thaliad
I am ignoring posts in favor of reading NBA-Young People's Lit books. The mountain to be read and judged is beginning to make me feel just a tad guilty. And alas, I may not talk about what I am reading. Although I can say that the heap of books is starting to be a bit daunting!  So: back tomorrow. 

Here's a Clive Hicks-Jenkins vignette (for what will be the rear of the jacket/cover of the upcoming Thaliad (Montreal, CA: Phoenicia Publishing) to keep you until then.) I like those strangely lit windows... It looks an awful lot like Christ Church Cooperstown, which was in my head when I wrote one the scenes in the poem. Epics need supernatural presences, and mine has them, so I am glad to see that uncanny glass. (Scroll down the page to see more jacket/cover images.)


  1. You have done quite well resisting posting, for the most part. I'm sure there is something of a dent in the pile by now. Are you the only reader?

  2. Am taking a breather--then back to work. Hence I see you here and on fb, doing some fellow frittering!

    Not much of a dent. Books take time...

    What a thought... No, there are five of us. In fact, five for each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's lit.) Here we are, off the NBA site:


    Born and raised in England, Susan Cooper has been writing books for children and young adults since 1963. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence, The Dark Is Rising, won the Newbery Medal and Carnegie and Newbery Honors, and she is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement. A board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, she lives on an island in a saltmarsh in Massachusetts.

    Daniel Ehrenhaft is a bestselling author of books for teens, among them The Wessex Papers, winner of the 2003 Edgar Award, and most recently Americapedia (2011), which The New York Times has called "Jon Stewart's America for the YA set." As an editor, he helped to create the Gossip Girl and Peaches series. He is now Editorial Director of Soho Teen, whose first list launches in January, 2013.

    Judith Ortiz Cofer is the author the YA story collection An Island Like You (1995); YA novels The Meaning of Consuelo (2003), Call Me Maria (2004), and If I Could Fly (2011); and other works. She has published poetry and prose in The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Glamour, and other journals and anthologies. She is the Regents and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.

    Gary D. Schmidt is a Professor of English at Calvin College, where he teaches courses in writing, medieval literature, and children's literature. He is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor-winning novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2004), the Newbery Honor- winning The Wednesday Wars (2007), and Okay for Now, a National Book Award finalist in 2011. He lives on a two-hundred-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan.

    Marly Youmans is the author of nine books, including novels, poetry collections, and several Southern fantasies for young adults. She is the recipient of the Michael Shaara Prize and was a finalist for the Southern Book Award for The Wolf Pit (2001), won the Ferrol Sams Award for A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage (2012), and received several Hoepfner Awards, among other honors. A Carolinian, she lives in Cooperstown, New York with her husband and three children.


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.