Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Pause in Banned Books Week Coverage

Tweet Sit down. I have a story for you. So we have a neurotic six-year-old German Shepherd. I generally refer to her as The Creature With Fangs. tho’ truth be told, she rarely uses them.           Isn’t she lovely?         We’ve known for a while now that she’s […]
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The Community That Speaks and Listens

Tweet I baked on Monday night. It was a shocking event. When my kids were little, I used to bake a lot, but as life got busy, it slipped off the priority list. But the writer’s group was coming to my house on Tuesday, and I wanted to do something nice. Why did I make […]
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Lightning Round

Tweet   The clock is ticking ever closer to the start of the FORGE book tour, and the available hours to get everything done by then are becoming perilously few. So I am going to turn this blog into a lightning round. Ready? Last week: the Scroggins book banning kerfuffle. Lots of interviews. Said “Scroggins” […]
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The Power Of Speaking Loudly

Tweet When I sat down on Sunday morning to write my blog post about the book banning  in Republic, MO, I had no idea what I started. You – my readers – changed the world this week. It started when Paul Hankins, an English teacher in Indiana, started a dedicated Twitter feed, #speakloudly, to spread […]
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This guy thinks SPEAK is pornography

Tweet Remember last September, when the book banners crawled out of their pits of nastiness to try to remove YA literature from classrooms and libraries? It is September again, my friends. Wesley Scroggins is an associate professor of management at Missouri State University. He was also a speaker at Reclaiming Missouri for Christ, a recent […]
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Second Star to the right!

Tweet Publisher’s Weekly has also graced FORGE with a star! “Second in the Seeds of America trilogy, this sequel to the National Book Award finalist Chains is narrated by Curzon, the slave Isabel freed from prison while escaping her own enslavement in 1777 New York City. Curzon immediately explains how he and Isabel lived in […]
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You Can Come to the Best BookFest ever

Tweet One of the stops I am most looking forward to on this fall’s book tour takes place in New York City on Saturday, October 30th. It’s much, much, MUCH more than one silly author excited about her new book. It is an extravaganza for teachers, librarians, educators and other people who care deeply about […]
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What is book tour really like?

Tweet A few book tour questions came in last week: How does the tour work exactly? Are you responsible for paying for everything or does the publisher do that? Do you drive everywhere yourself or take planes? The upcoming FORGE tour will be my fifth book tour in six years. (This could be why I […]
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FORGE Book Tour details!

Tweet The short version: Five weeks. Texas. AZ. MO. non-NYC New York.   New England. Mid-Atlantic (incl NYC). Texas, Round 2. West Coast. Mid-West and down the mighty Mississippi. Miami so I can drink Cuban coffee, which I will really need by the end of November. Final event at the bookstore closest to my house. In […]
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A Star for FORGE!!

Tweet I’ve known about this for weeks and have just about exploded because I couldn’t say anything. BUT NOW I CAN! The first official review of FORGE is in, and it is decorated with a very shiny star, courtesy of Kirkus. “At the end of Chains (2008), Isabel rescues her friend Curzon from Bridewell Prison […]
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