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Horace Pippin Video

Another great man

This week is special for many reasons, as we honor and remember the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrate the second presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, and look ahead to Black History Month in February. To continue this theme, here’s a short, excellent video clip narrated by a Philadelphia school student, in

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New book now available!

Who was Horace Pippin? Watch this short video … Order A Splash of Red from Indiebound. Order from Amazon.com. Order from Random House. Download the free Discussion Guide. Learn more about the book and Horace Pippin here and here.

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Interviews!

I’m looking forward to meeting with illustrator Liz Long for an interview about A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin in January. Liz has already talked with illustrator Melissa Sweet, gathering materials for our new website, A Splash of Red: asplashofredbook.com designed by Curious City.

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Eiffel Tower á la Nevada

Paris in the Desert

Quite a place, Las Vegas! Have you ever been there? I had not … and it exceeded my expectations for drama, scale, and a just plain off-the-charts sensory experience. The annual NCTE conference was held at the MGM Grand Hotel, one of the many hotels on the Strip that seemed (to me anyway) large enough to warrant its

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Read-It!

Read-It Video: Local Library Grooves

Have you heard about this? A group of teens at the Lansdowne Public Library wrote, choreographed, and filmed a video promoting reading and literacy that was a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat IT.” Little did they know that they’d hear from Sony music executives who asked them to remove it from You Tube, claiming there was copyright infringement.

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A River of Words: the Story of William Carlos Williams

Say hello to Jen at NCTE

Dreams and labor come together this weekend at the annual NCTE conference in Las Vegas, NV. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there! If you aren’t heading to NCTE, please forward this message on to your colleagues who will be attending. Here’s where you can find me this weekend: Saturday, Nov 17th“Learning Lessons

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For the Veterans

This week we recognize and remember our more than twenty million American veterans. Our geographical good fortune (i.e., to be situated between two oceans, Canada and Mexico) sometimes makes it easier for us as American citizens to forget that our current freedoms have come at a human cost and require our constant vigilance. The forthcoming

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AIFC 2012

Listen to these kids!

I don’t post much here about politics, but this week, I’m making an exception. The names of 400-plus authors & illustrators, including yours truly, appears on this video and website http://www.aiforc.org/ in support of Barack Obama. I think the kids will tell you the rest . . .

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Melissa Sweet

The Maine Connection

Can you role play? OK! You are now ten years old, at a birthday party, and on a scavenger hunt. But I’m gonna make this really easy . . . and tell you that you can find everything on your list here.  And in doing so, you’re going to meet the AMAZING Melissa Sweet, who

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The Trial

The Case That Never Dies

Mark Falzini has an unusual job. AND he has a new book, which I highly recommend. Mark was my “go to” source when I was writing The Trial, my historical novel based on the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. On November 5th, Mark’s book New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial, co-authored by James Davidson, will appear on bookshelves everywhere.

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