Cynsational News & Links

Thanks to Not Your Mother’s Bookclub for recommending my recent interview with Sarah Dessen and to YA Library News for recommending Author Picks of 2006.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Santa Knows by Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, illustrated by Steve Björkman (Dutton, 2006) was featured in a holiday round-up by Associated Press writer Samantha Critchell.” It’s my understanding that this means it could reach some 500 newspapers. So far, these include: CantonRep (OH); Holland Sentinel (MI); The Gainsville Sun (FL); Long Beach Press-Telegram (CA); Savannah Now (GA); New Haven Register (CT); LaCrosse Tribune (WI); Tuscaloosa News (AL); Sun Journal (ME); Crescent-News (OH); State Journal (Frankfort, KY); North County Times (San Diego, Riverside City); Home News Tribune (NJ); Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA); Canoe (Canada); and counting. Note: I won’t continue to list all of them, but if you see one in your hometown paper, please drop me a note. Thanks!

More News & Links

The Japanese theater company performing “The Silver Kiss” (a stage play based on the novel by Annette Curtis Klause) offers coverage of the event on their website–very cool! Read a Cynsations interview with Annette.

Check out 2006 Teen Book Video Award Winner: A Great and Terrible Beauty. Read a Cynsations interview with Libba Bray. See also The Book Thief and How I Live Now.

Claire and Monte Montgomery: official website of the creative team behind Hubert Invents the Wheel (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2005). Attention Texas event planners: in celebration of Hubert making the Bluebonnet list, Claire and Monte are especially interested in doing school visits in the Lone Star State. Find out more here.

Confessions of a Bibliovore recommends Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo by Greg Leitich Smith (Little Brown, 2003), noting “Smith intertwines the three stories in multiple-POV format, throwing in just enough lunacy to keep things interesting, but retaining the heart of these likeable middle-schoolers.” Read the whole review. Read a Cynsations interview with Greg.

New Book News for November/December by Peggy Sharp. Newsletter excerpt features readers ideas for The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History by Jennifer Armstrong, illustrated by Roger Roth (Knopf, 2006). See also newsletter subscription information, Peggy’s Picks, and learn more about Peggy. Thanks to super librarian Eve Panzer at Austin Jewish Academy for recommending Peggy.

Author Kim Norman offers a holiday song, “A Writer’s Wish List,” on her website. Look for Jack of All Tails by Kim Norman, illustrated by David Clark (Dutton, 2007).

Author-illustrator Kevin O’Malley has redesigned and relaunched his website. Learn more about Kevin’s books. Don’t miss the short movie of one of Kevin’s school visits. Neat! Read a Cynsations interview with Kevin.

Read about my day-to-day holiday doings at Spookycyn.