Time for a shameless plug:
We just dropped our son off at college this week, and you know what I’m the most envious about? That he’s going to school in Boston, which gives him access to the Boston Public Library! He’s our third child in college, and they’re all good readers, but even so I’ve encouraged all of them to visit their town’s public library and apply for a free card. Public library collections are very different from college library collections, since the colleges need to cater to a specific audience – namely the professors and students, focusing their collection on materials that can supplement coursework. Years ago I worked at a small public library in Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire, and one day two young ladies walked in, obviously new students at the school. They looked around the small magazine reading area, taking the entire library in in a few glances. Back then the library (now in it’s own gorgeous building) rented space in a storefront of a strip mall and the staff did their best with the tiny, odd space. We had a magazine reading area, children’s area, public computers and a small staff area in the back of the storefront. Usually we’d get visitors who would look around and then compare it to the big, beautiful library in their home town or places they went on vacation. But these two girls looked around, sighed, and one said to the other, “Oh, yeah. That’s more like home.” Our tiny library was familiar to them, a haven of normalcy in their big, unfamiliar college territory.
What’s in your wallet?
Straying a bit from highlighting nominations to the NH Isinglass Teen Read Award list to mention El Deafo, written and illustrated by Cece Bell, that is nominated for the NH Great Stone Face Award for 4th through 6th graders and a recent winner of a Newbery Honor Award.
El Deafo is a graphic novel loosely based on Cece Bell’s own childhood growing up hearing impaired after a bout of meningitis left her severely to profoundly deaf at the age of 4. Cece’s characters are all drawn as rabbits, because, as she says, rabbits are known for their ears, and when she was growing up, she felt like the only rabbit whose ears didn’t work. Cece gives herself the superhero name “El Deafo” after she begins using a Phonic Ear device to better hear the teachers in school…and she discovers she can still hear the teachers if they’re not in the same room…provided they’re still wearing their piece of the Phonic Ear device.
This is a truly wonderful, well-written story, with compelling characters. Cece’s friends initially struggle with understanding her need to use the hearing device and accepting her as she is. Cece wants to be treated like anyone else but the Phonic Ear distinguishes her as different. The artwork is charming and the graphic format enhances the story beautifully. My 8 year old grabbed this book from my reading pile when she saw it was a graphic novel and devoured it…and we were both delighted when we found it at a Scholastic Book Fair soon afterward and snapped it up. It’s a wonderful example of why telling our own stories are so valuable – we have deep truths that we can share that really do resonate with others even though the details of our story are what make us unique.
Happy to share this conference information with any writers who are ready to get ready to submit! -ybc
Before You Hit Send: Self-Editing Workshop with Angela James
Join Angela James, editorial director of Harlequin’s Carina Press and developmental editor of New York Times Bestselling authors Shannon Stacey, Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton, for a day-long workshop covering ideas, tips, tricks and lessons for polishing and self-editing your manuscript.
Topics include: point of view, passive vs. active voice, show don’t tell, formalizing your manuscript, and more!
Spend the night at a special rate and have use of our meeting room for quiet self-editing/writing Sunday morning to put all you learned into practice before you head back on the road.
Saturday, May 21st 2016
$80-$110 for workshop and buffet lunch.
Crown Plaza Hotel, Nashua NH
Sponsored by: New Hampshire Romance Writers of America (NHRWA) Information and registration:http://www.nhrwa.com/events Questions? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org More about Angela James: http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/before-you-hit-send/
Here’s a copy of the RWA_James_Flyer for those who want to download, print & post!