Lighting a virtual lamp for Diwali this year (image from Many Windows).
R.A. Nelson writes about Charlotte Brontë and the itch to write. Watch this new blog, YA Outside the Lines.
And speaking of writing outside the lines, Luka and the Fire of Life releases November 16th. Here's a Shelf Awareness interview with Salman Rushdie himself. I like what he says about "that borderland when children can seem extraordinarily wise and confident and at other times are still little children. That particular moment is fascinating. It's a magical time." Rushdie himself is speaking of this book in terms of crossing the border between children's literature and literature, a gentler rhetoric than he employed before the release of Haroun and the Sea of Stories. While I'm waiting for my copy of Luka, I'm rereading Judith Plotz's very insightful article, "Haroun and the Politics of Children's Literature" (Children's Literature Association Quarterly).
Philip Nel uses a few nifty metafictional techniques in his video commentary on metafiction in picture books.
And finally, just yesterday, the galleys arrived for The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. After nearly a couple of decades in this business, I still can't get over the thrill of seeing a book take shape.