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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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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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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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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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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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So much depends upon …

… Labor! A brief tip of the hat to yesterday’s observance of Labor Day. Did you know that it was established as a federal holiday in 1894?? And that it was inspired by workers’ rights disputes in Canada? And that, after July 4th and Memorial Day, it is the third most popular grilling holiday in

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