What an exciting day for children’s literature.
This morning the American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards winners at the Midwinter Meeting in Boston.
On January 5, BookPage reviewer and 2008 Newbery Committee member Dean Schneider shared his awards predictions with us, and he was almost startlingly on target. As he predicted, Rebecca Stead won the Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me and Jerry Pinkney won the Caldecott Medal for The Lion & The Mouse.
In a July 2009 review for BookPage, Schneider wrote of When You Reach Me: "What could be better: a great setting, believable characters and a mystery deftly woven by a fine writer. This is a book to be reckoned with come Newbery season."
Schneider was equally exuberant about The Lion & The Mouse upon its publication in September, writing: "Jerry Pinkney’s latest picture book is an absolutely gorgeous example of book making and pictorial storytelling, a wordless book readers will 'read' over and over again, each time noticing new treasures in the pictures."
Newbery Honors went to Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose; The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin; and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.
Caldecott Honors were awarded to All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon; and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman.
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal won the Coretta Scott King (Author) book Award. Bad News for Outlaws was written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
My People won the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award. My People was illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr. and written by Langston Hughes.
Click here for a complete list of winners and tell us why you agreed or disagreed with this year’s honored books.
Writer and columnist Anna Quindlen seems to move between fact and fiction with ease, juxtaposing nonfiction like A Short Guide to a Happy Life with moving novels like Black and Blue. On April 27, Random House will publish Quindlen's sixth novel, Every Last One.
Little is known about the new book yet, but we're expecting galleys any day.
Are you a Quindlen fan? Why or why not?
Katherine Paterson, the recently-appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and two-time winner of the National Book Award and Newbery Medal, has some news. And we have a long time to get excited about it. Candlewick Press has announced the publication of her middle grade novel, The Flint Heart. The novel will be released in March. . . 2012.
I suppose that Candlewick announced the novel’s release so early in order to piggyback on Paterson’s National Ambassador press. What do you think? Is it effective to build buzz two years early?
In any case, I’m excited for the release, which will be a retelling of Eden Phillpotts’ 1910 “fantastical cautionary tale” of the same title (which is available for free online).
Paterson will co-write with her husband, John Paterson. John Rocco, who worked as the pre-production art director for the movie Shrek, will illustrate.
Related in BookPage: Read a review of Katherine Paterson’s The Same Stuff as Stars.
Early reviews, and the opinions of your BookPage editors, indicate that the legendary battle of the "sophomore slump" has been won by two anticipated second novels on shelves this month: Joshua Ferris' The Unnamed and Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves. (Click on the author's name to read a BookPage interview.)
But there are a few other anticipated second novels on the horizon in 2010. Will they be as favored by the publishing gods? Go ahead, judge them by our summary of the publisher's description:
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Horns by Joe Hill (February)
The author of Heart-Shaped Box (and son of Stephen King) returns with a chilling tale of a young man bent on revenge after his girlfriend is murdered.
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel (April)
His second novel needs no introduction (and besides, we've already been there on this blog!). Will it achieve the stratospheric success of Life of Pi?
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry (May)
The author of The Lace Reader returns with a new novel about a woman who lost her mother to suicide. Now a psychotherapist, she must with the suicide of her most troubled patient.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (June)
Known for her short stories, Bender has published only one previous novel. This magical second work is about a young girl who discovers she can taste people's emotions in the food they cook, and must deal with what she learns about others. Loving the title and the concept on this one—if Bender's novels are as good as her stories, count me in!
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch (July)
His new work (following the acclaimed Finn) is a “mythic” story about three brothers in upstate New York who live together in isolation—until one dies and the other two are suspected of his murder.
Geeze, this is already a big year for Steve Martin, and it’s only January! He was typically hilarious and perfect as Meryl Streep’s romantic interest in It’s Complicated, and in March he’ll co-host the Academy Awards with Alec Baldwin.
And now he can check off “book deal” from his 2010 to-do list. He has signed a deal with Grand Central to write Woman One, a novel which “examines the glamour and the subterfuge of the fine art world” in New York. The book will be released in November 2010.
Martin will also write a children’s book titled Late for School, based on a song from his album “New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.” (Watch him performing it live after the jump.) No word yet on a publication date. The book will pub in September. (Via New York Times.)
Related content: In 2001, BookPage reviewer Joanna Brichetto wrote that Martin’s novella Shopgirl will “shock” readers expecting to find “zany riffs and hilariously skewed observations” from the comedian. Instead, Shopgirl is a “sweet, courageous exploration of a young woman’s search for selfhood and love.”
What’s your favorite Steve Martin role? Inspector Clouseau? Author? Banjo player?
A throwaway mention of a new Kate Atkinson novel in 2010 had me Googling up a storm this morning. Sure enough, Amazon.co.uk has a listing for Started Early, Took My Dog—a fourth Jackson Brodie novel—pubbing with Doubleday on August 19.** It's not clear whether this is the U.S. or the U.K. edition, though, since the site also lists a June paperback version coming from U.K. publisher Transworld. Atkinson's previous books were published in the U.S. by Little, Brown. Regardless, it looks like Atkinson fans like me might have something to look forward to this summer.
Few details have been released, but the novel's title comes from an Emily Dickinson poem—perhaps it holds a hint as to the contents?
Related in BookPage: Our interview with Kate Atkinson for One Good Turn. Reviews of Case Histories and When Will there Be Good News?
**since this post was published, we learned that the pub date has changed. Click here for details, and a description of the book.
Country music superstar Sara Evans was in Nashville Monday night to promote her first novel, The Sweet By and By. Evans teamed up with veteran author Rachel Hauck to write the first in a four book fictional series about a young Southern woman, Jade Fitzgerald, and her evolving quest to balance the traumatic events of her past with the bright prospects on her horizon.
BookPage editors Abby and Trisha were lucky enough to sit down and talk with the lovely and candid Ms. Evans. Press the play button below to hear our chat about the stories behind the book, how Sara balances her work and family life and why she is afraid of elevators.
Our chat with Sara Evans:
The Sweet By and By is on sale now. Will you pick up a copy?
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
July 2002, Little, Brown
These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections—sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent—that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life
Last month, we pondered potential new titles from Quirk Books, the creator of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, etc. (I liked Romeo & Juliet & Mummies and Shakespeare and Skeletons.)
Well, now we know the answer. In June, Quirk will release Android Karenina, which the publisher promises to be “an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.” Hmm.
If you prefer a more, ahem, classic version of Tolstoy, don’t miss Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s new translation of War and Peace. (Especially readers whose 2010 goal is to read more classics!)
Which will it be for you. . . Android Karenina or War and Peace?
It’s an industry standard to publish new books on Tuesdays, and today is no exception. If you’re interested in great new fiction, run to your local bookstore and pick up one of these Jan. 12 releases:
Bloodroot, a family saga set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, is by debut author Amy Greene. In a behind-the-book essay with BookPage, Greene writes about her inspiration for the novel: “I saw a black-haired woman with wild blue eyes and her two hungry-looking children. The children were twins, a boy and a girl. There was something mysterious about the three of them, especially the woman, and I needed to figure out what it was. I pictured her and the twins living in isolation on that hill in the mountain woods, maybe hiding from some kind of danger. I don’t know where the image came from, but I was captured by it.”
Also related: BookPage editors Abby and Trisha report from a dinner with Greene and other Nashville-area book folks.
National Book Award-nominee Amy Bloom is back with Where the God of Love Hangs Out, a collection of short stories focused on “the way people act toward and react to one another,” according to BookPage reviewer Becky Ohlsen. Bloom’s “stories have an almost theatrical quality: she puts several people with complex relationships in a room and lets them have it out—sometimes in dialogue, but mostly through those perfectly tuned inner voices.” Also don’t miss Bloom’s 2007 novel Away.
We’ve blogged about Saving CeeCee Honeycutt before, and today you can see what all the fuss is about. Get a preview in an interview with BookPage, in which author Beth Hoffman writes how she found her voice as a writer creating “story ads” for her interior design studio.
Reader favorite Elizabeth Kostova gave us a sneak peak into The Swan Thieves in November, and today you can get the rest of the story. Kostova’s second novel (after mega-hit The Historian) is about love, obsession and French Impressionism. On writing about art, she told BookPage: “When I started going back to museums and seeing these paintings in the flesh, I was so overwhelmed by them. They’re so wonderful in real life, and Impressionism is so textured that you really have a sense of people working with the brush when you look at the originals that you don’t with reproductions.”
Which of these books will you be reading first? That’s a tough call for me, but since I live in Tennessee, I’m leaning towards Bloodroot. . .