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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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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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Starred review!!

Sometimes I write, sometimes I dance (mostly in my office when I finish a revision.)  This week, I am dancing because A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin received a starred review in Booklist. The review itself does an excellent job of summarizing Pippin’s difficult but inspiring life, as well as giving

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Pennsylvania Contest

The State of Things …

I grew up in New Jersey, but for most of my adult life, Pennsylvania has been my home. This week I’m delighted to attend the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference in Gettysburg (which also happens to be the location of my alma mater, Gettysburg College.  Most people who live outside the state know Pennsylvania for its

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J. Patrick Lewis

Meet J. Patrick Lewis, U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate

You never know whom you’ll meet when you are invited to a book fair in the Midwest. Last July, at the Norfolk, Nebraska Book Festival,  I had the great fortune to spend three days in the company of Pat Lewis—poet extraordinaire, former economics professor, brother, twin, father, grandfather, current Ohioan, philosopher, linguist, and generally nice

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Reading Georgia's Bones, Cadets at West Point

You, the reader

You, the reader, complete the writing process. What begins as a vague notion in the writer’s mind, pushes outward into notes, outlines, character sketches—progressing to paragraphs, dialogue, rough chapters, and finally a full manuscript . . . which then passes through weeks and months of scrutiny from editors, designers, proofreaders . . . until (at

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Ringside 1925

Truth, Justice, and the dangers of teaching Science

We are fascinated with crime, police investigations and high-profile trials. I’m not sure why, but despite all of the evidence to the contrary, perhaps we need to believe that sometimes justice prevails, truth wins, the bad guys get their due. I’ve written novels about two of these famous trials, but although they took place just

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Contest!

We begin our friendships in many ways. Share a story about the circumstances in which you met one of your closest—or most unlikely—friends. Enter it in the comments accompanying this blog entry. You’ll be registered for a random drawing to win one of ten autographed books. Post your story no later than midnight on June

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