Thursday, April 17, 2008

Spooky News & Links

"Catherine Gilbert Murdock's first two YA novels, Dairy Queen (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and The Off Season (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), feature laconic Wisconsin farm girl--and football player--DJ Schwenk. Murdock's latest novel, Princess Ben (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), stars a very different type of character in an imagined fantasy world." Horn Book executive editor Martha Parravano interviews Catherine about "this shift from contemporary realism to fairy-tale fantasy." Listen to the Horn Book podcast!

Kids Q&A with Justine Larbalestier from Powell's Ink. Peek: "I remember that feeling when I was a young reader, finding books that were set in Sydney with Australian characters was incredibly exciting." Read a Cynsations interview with Justine.

More Personally

Congratulations to Kathy Lenning on the publication of Amber Eyes (Book Surge, 2008). Note: Kathy was in my original critique group in Austin. She will be signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at Java Stop, 301 Main St., in Longmont, Colorado.