Cynsational News & Links

Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith are the Austin area Barnes & Noble December authors of the month for Santa Knows (Dutton, 2006)!

Note: our last official signings for 2006 will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 2 Barnes & Noble Round Rock in Round Rock, Texas (I-35 and 1325) and 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 Barnes & Noble Westlake in Westlake, Texas (701 S. Capitol of Texas Highway).

Attention Ohioans: We will be interviewed about Santa Knows at 8:10 a.m. EST on WEOL AM 930/”Les in the Morning” in Elyria-Lorian, Ohio on Dec. 1.

Radio Disney in Chicago features Santa Knows events through December. See Radio Disney at hotline 312.409.3212 for all the information.

“Meet Authors & Illustrators: An Interview with Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith” on Santa Knows (Dutton, 2006) from Children’s Literature.

Cynsational News & Links

31 Days of Giving: A Holiday Spectacular Sweepstakes Event from

Children’s Writers in the Central U.S.: A Gathering Place for Anyone Associated with Children’s Lit in the Central U.S. Reposting this link with love to the region.

The Iowa Association of School Libraries children’s/YA book award pages have moved. Find out more about the Iowa Children’s Choice Award; Iowa Teen Award; and Iowa High School Book Award. See my listings of state and national awards. Please let me know if an URL is incorrect or you’re familiar with an award that’s not yet listed. Thanks!

Outside of a Dog: a new blog from eight writers and illustrators who came together in 2000 as an on-line writing group. Learn more about Terri Murphy, Sandra Alonzo, Liz Goulet Dubois, Kim Norman, Joe Kulka, Becky Hall, Barbara Johansen Newman, and Anne Bowen. Note: thanks for the link to Cynsations!

Shopping? Suggested seasonal titles include Josie’s Gift by Kathleen Long Bostrom, illustrated by Frank Ordaz (Broadman & Holman, 2005)(author interview); On A Wintry Morning by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Viking, 2000)(author interview); Hanukkah, Shmanukkah! by Esme Raji Coddell, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Hyperion, 2005)(author interview); One Splendid Tree by Marilyn Helmer, illustrated by Dianne Eastman (Kids Can Press, 2005)(author interview); Santa Baby by Janie Bynum (Little Brown, 2005); Merry Christmas, Merry Crow by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Jon Godell (Harcourt, 2005); and Here Comes Darrell by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Mary Azarian (Houghton Mifflin, 2005)(author interview).

Writers and Depression by Nancy Etchemendy, author of The Power of Un (Front Street, 2000) and Cat In Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural, illustrated by David Ouimet (Front Street, 2002), from the Horror Writers Association. A frank discussion of warning signs and why writers are so vulnerable. Be good to each other out there. Take care of yourselves.