Saturday, July 08, 2006

Cynsational News & Links

David Grifaldi: debut official author site includes bio, book information, author appearances, and links. David's titles include: Toby Scudder: King of the School (Clarion, 2005) and Ben, King of the River (Albert Whitman, 2001). David has recently joined the faculty of the Vermont College M.F.A. program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Author-illustrator Diane deGroat: official site includes bio, FAQ's, books, school visit programs, and a link to purchase books and art online. DeGroat is the creator of the best-selling "Gilbert" holiday series, including Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (HarperCollins, 1996) and Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet (HarperCollins, 1998).

Congratulations to author-illustrator Grace Lin on the publication of Our Seasons (Charlesbridge, 2006) and One Year In Beijing (ChinaSprout, 2006)(author interview).

"Harry and Norma Mazer: True Confessions of Montpelier's Premier Writing Couple" by Patrick Timothy Mullikin from Vermont Today. Read recent Cynsations interviews with Harry Mazer and Norma Fox Mazer.

"Historical Novels and Fantasy--It All Fits" an ICL chat with author Kathleen Duey (July 6). "Kathleen Duey has published over 60 books for children including her American Diaries, Hoofbeats, and The Unicorn's Secret series."

"Hoot:" a teacher movie review by Krista Sadlers from CBC Magazine. The film is based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, 2002).

The sixth edition of Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests by Diana Tixer Herald (Libraries Unlimited, 2005) is available. According to Diana's site, "For the first time it has been published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback."

Pocket Magazine is sponsoring a fiction-writing contest. Entries should be previously unpublished, 1,000 to 1,600 words long, due by August 1, and enclosed with an SASE. The winner will be announced November 1 and will receive $1,000. See complete rules and information.

Tim Wynne-Jones: debut official author website includes bio, book information, critical writing, news, and awards. Tim's titles include: Rex Zero and the End of the World (Groundwood, 2006); A Thief in the House of Memory (Groundwood, 2004); and The Boy in the Burning House (FSG/Melanie Kroupa, 2001).

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