Cynsational News & Links

In the Coop with Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith from Three Silly Chicks: a co-authors’ interview about the writing of Santa Knows (Dutton, 2006). Note: Definitely our silliest interview ever. Don’t miss it! Learn more about silly chicks Andrea Beaty, Julia Durango, and Carolyn Crimi.

Attention event planners: please note that Greg and I are booking now as speakers for fall 2007 and 2008 events. Dates are going at a flattering and speedy rate. See our events information.

Thanks to Shaken & Stirred for recommending my recent post, Author Picks of 2006.

More News & Links

Best Books of 2006 from Little Willow at Slayground. Highlights include: Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm (Random House); Goy Crazy by Melissa R. Schorr (Hyperion)(author interview); and AutumnQuest by Terie Garrison (Flux). See also her archive of author interviews. Highlights include Lisa Yee, Justina Chen Headley, Susan Taylor Brown, Jenny Han, Markus Zuzak, and Cynthia Lord.

Best Books of 2006 from A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy (see sidebar). Highlights include: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)(author interview); Babymouse: Rock Star by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm (Random House)(illustrator interview); The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci (Candlewick)(author interview).

The Edge of the Forest has been posted for December 2006. Highlights include: A Day in the Life with Debby Dahl Edwardson by Kim Winters of Kat’s Eye; Strong Dialog Speaks Volumes by Anne Boles Levy of Book Buds; Poetic Picture Books by Julie Danielson of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast; Interview with Karen English by Cynthia J. Omololu; reviews; and much more.

Don’t miss Sounds from the Forest: a monthly podcast created on topics related to children’s books. The focus this month is the Cybils Awards, “blogging, and the changing nature of reviewing children’s books today.” See also Just One More Book!!

A couple of days ago when I highlighted the book videos for A Great and Terrible Beauty, The Book Thief, and How I Live Now. To learn more, check out Expanded Books. See also the book video for Yorinks’ and Sendak’s Mommy? and Rosemary Wells’ My Shining Star.

The Girlfriend Project: a must visit new book site, highlighting The Girlfriend Project by Robin Friedman (Walker, January 2007). So much fun! Wow features include Thirteen Things You Don’t Know About New Jersey, The Girlfriend Project Graffiti Wall (a message board), and the Author Project (check out Robin in that dress!). Nosy thing that I am, I also spent quality time surfing Dating Disasters, which features tales from the frontlines of love (or rather lack thereof) by such fabu authors as Brent Hartinger, Dianne Ochiltree, Dotti Enderle, Lisa Yee, Tanya Lee Stone, and Sara Zarr. Yet another amazing web site designed by Lisa Firke of Hit Those Keys.

GregLSBlog recommends Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park (Clarion, 2006). Read Cynsations interviews with Greg and Linda Sue.

AOL’s former Book Maven, Bethanne Patrick, is now blogging at The Reading Writer. Congratulations to Bethanne on her new contributing editor position at Publishers Weekly.