Carnegie and Greenaway Award Nominees Announced

originally posted May 1, 2007
May 2021: reformatted; links updated; text revised as noted

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) recently announced the short lists of contenders for both its prestigious literary awards: the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. The final selections will be announced in a ceremony at the  … continue reading

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

originally posted April 20, 2007
May 2021: reformatted; link updated; text revised as noted

I’ve not watched the new series Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? yet, but I understand it’s turned out to be quite a popular hit. For fun, the Contra Costa Times—as of May 2021, the East Bay Times,  … continue reading

New Best of Young American Novelists list announced

originally posted April 16, 2007
May 2021: reformatted; most links updated; text revised as noted

Granta magazine has just published its second Best of Young American Novelists list (see the right sidebar for author names). The first list, in 1996 (the summer issue, no. 54), helped launch the careers of Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections … continue reading

What is “Writing”?

originally posted April 13, 2007
no revisions to date

One of my newer tutoring pupils asked during his first session, “What is writing? Isn’t it just, well—writing? Isn’t it simply putting words on paper?”

Well . . . no, I answered, stalling to collect some thoughts. What about words that are published online, I asked,  … continue reading