Shimmer’s first snow!
Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah! I hope all of you can be with friends and loved ones this season. We were delighted to get a bit of snow last week. Our two-year-old dog had never seen snow before. She loved it! She had a blast running and chasing around in the white stuff with our son who was home from college. Fun times 🙂
This may be the last post for 2017. Along with flood-related issues, I’ve had a number of technical difficulties with this site (as some of you have noticed). I’m far behind where I’d hoped to be in adding new authors and books in the Book Friends Bookshop, but the technical issues are dragging the whole site down. So, in the time I have to work here, I’ll be concentrating on resolving these problems.
Book Friends Spotlight
This week’s features are three seasonal books from small presses. THE SANTA THIEF is published by SparkPress in Arizona and HANUKAH and CHRISTMAS are from Capstone in Minnesota. Look here for more holiday-focused books.
A heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8, by Alane Adams, illustrated by Lauren Gallegos.
It’s time to celebrate Hanukkah! Light the menorah. Sing songs and eat tasty treats. During Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, Jews remember a war they won.
Christmas! Make cookies and decorate the tree. Have dinner with your family. Exchange presents. This important Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
Happy Book Birthday!
Penelope Wryter’s life has been a mess ever since her sister committed suicide a year ago. Now Pen’s hooked on Fix, an illegal drug that makes her feel, think, and see differently. The hallucinations are intense, but there’s one vision that keeps Pen coming back for more–Nate. He’s the only person who cares about her. Too bad he’s just a side effect of the drug. Pen knows she’s going nowhere fast. She’s desperate to change. But when she tries to say goodbye to Nate, he professes his love for her making her more confused than ever. Then, when a girl from school goes missing during a bad Fix trip, Pen realizes she may be in a lot more danger than she ever imagined. Unless Pen straightens up and faces reality quick, she might be the next missing girl on the list.
Buy the book!
WHERE ARE ALL THE FLOWERS?
Katie gets flower bulbs from Nana for her birthday. She helps Mama plant them. Everybody keeps talking about her flower bulbs, but Katie doesn’t see any flowers. She keeps wondering where they are.
Will Katie ever get to see the flowers? Join her as she waits and wonders about the miracle of growing things.
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AGENTS: Jenny Herrera—David Black Agency; Kaitlyn Johnson—Corvisiero Literary
AGENT: Dawn Michelle Frederick—Red Sofa Literary
EDITORS: Alvina Ling—VP, Editor in Chief,Little, Brown BFYR ; Mallory Kass—Senior Editor, Scholastic
ART DIRECTOR: Lucy Cummins—Simon & Schuster Art Director
AGENTS: Marcia Wernick—Wernick & Pratt Agency; Sarah La Polla—Bradford Literary Agency
Throughout the last 29 years of this conference, writers have for the most part succeeded with their goals of being published through the traditional path of pitching to and working with an agent and then securing a publisher for their books. In the past five to ten years, we have seen a shift in the many publishing options that are available to writers. Therefore, this year’s conference will feature a Pathway to Publication Keynote Panel on Saturday morning. Representatives from both a traditional agency and self-publishing companies will be on hand to walk us through the advantages—and disadvantages—of each type of publishing path. You will walk away armed with much more knowledge about your book’s future.
Residential, Lake Forest College
High school students can join a creative community of writers who share a commitment to the work and fun of writing together in our residential summer workshop. Our program is part of a long-standing national program established by the National Writing and Thinking Network at Bard College. Supportive faculty work with students in small groups to help them develop confidence in their voices as writers. Participants learn strategies to generate fresh and compelling ideas, the kind of well-reasoned ideas first-rate colleges and universities expect from their students.