Thursday, September 23, 2010

A reading! Tonight


I’m bouncing around with excitement for Steve Brezenoff’s book launch party tonight. He'll be reading from and signing The Absolute Value of –1 at legendary Minneapolis indie Magers & Quinn. This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of editing a local author (I know! Shocking!) so this is my first local launch.

Booklist recently said of |-1|:

At times raw with emotion ( Why didn't anyone say, Your dad is going to die'? ), the story compellingly explores how teens connect with one another and how they view themselves. Many readers will relate to the feelings of isolation and lack of hope portrayed here. Edgy and gritty, Brezenoff's YA debut reads like a cross between the screenplay for Cruel Intentions and some of Robert Cormier's novels.”

And the Twittersphere has given Steve permission to read from some of the bluer bits of the book, so I’m not sure what more incentive one needs to come out for this thing. Come on down! Ask Steve questions in Yiddish. Make him explain what a one-hitter is  (I did. It was fun).

Thursday, September 9, 2010

KidLit Con 2010

A gentle reminder, if I may? You really should come to this if you can.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to Liz. Or Leila. Or Jen. You might also be enticed by our keynote. And if all of this fails, and you need a schedule, well, stay tuned. We’ll be announcing it next week.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


A day that will live in teen infamy. A day that will never happen again. Yes, today is 90210, as in Beverly Hills 90210.

And who says 90210 had no literary merit? No place on a book blog? Nonsense! Witness, Dylan McKay, Byron scholar:

My teenage years and 90210 overlap almost perfectly, so even a small dose of this show is terrifyingly Proustian for me. I actually watched the pilot episode a couple years ago and nearly died, so be careful, late Gen-Xers; stroll down memory lane with caution. If you’re up for it, all ten seasons are available online for free (because who can put a price on our adolescence?).

Share your memories in the comments. (And remember, I’m writing this from where it all began, the city of Brandon and Brenda's birth.)