September 24th was a big day in the book world. At the same time some of my Daily Geekette colleagues were exploring Boston Teen Author Festival, I attended the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival in D.C. While there, I got to meet the new history-making Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, just ten days after she was sworn in! I also met children’s author Shannon Hale (again) and attended some interesting panels, learning such things as Lois Lowry’s preferred brand of toothpaste and the difficulties of literary translation. Read on to hear about my experience! Continue reading A Peek at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival
Planning a trip to China? Whether you are just going for vacation or plan to spend a year or more working there or teaching like I am doing, it can be intimidating to spend any amount of time on the other side of the world. One thing you can do to feel prepared is read some books relating to China. My pre-departure reading list consisted of stories about expat life in China, novels by Chinese and Chinese-American authors, and a few Chinese classics. Continue reading Carly’s Pre-China Reading List
St. Patrick’s Day is just a week from today! Want a way to celebrate that doesn’t involve loud parties, chugging Guinness, and pinching people who aren’t wearing green (or in addition to all that)? Why not check out some Irish American female authors? Some of the people on this list you’ve heard of but probably didn’t know were Irish. Others may be a lucky new find (just call me a leprechaun for showing you these treasures). Some of them frequently feature the Emerald Isle in their works and others don’t. In any case, what better way to show your Irish pride than by brandishing a nice shiny copy of one of their works and curling up in your room to read? Continue reading 5 Irish American Women Writers to Check out this St. Paddy’s Day
George R.R. Martin had some sad news for Game of Thrones fans on his blog this weekend: “The Winds of Winter is not finished.” Confessing to be just as disappointed as his fans, Martin predicts that he is still months away from completing the novel. Of course, many fans were in an uproar over the announcement, while others, including geeky favorites Neil Gaiman and Felicia Day came to Martin’s defense. Continue reading Waiting (Patiently) for Winter: DG’s Reaction to George R.R. Martin’s Latest Announcement
On the seventh night of Chanukah, Moses gave to me, the poems of Shel Silverstein.
When I was younger, I gravitated towards Shel Silverstein’s poems because of the silly pictures and the silly nature of the poems themselves. In my head, I never imagined that he could be Jewish. I was the only Jewish kid in my class, and my Hebrew School class wasn’t that big. I figured that Jewish people were few and far between. Continue reading Night 7 of Chanukah: Shel Silverstien
One of my non-Jewish friends recently made a joke about Jewish holidays: “They’re all: ‘We survived; let’s eat!'” She wasn’t entirely wrong. Jews have been persecuted and attacked for thousands of years, and yet we’re still here, resilient as ever, and always ready to party down and eat.
Recent current events have brought to mind arguably the worst tragedy in Jewish history: the Holocaust. All over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, people are connecting Trump’s ideas to Hitler’s. It’s a scary time in our world right now — and the only way I find I can escape is through books; more specifically, comic books.
Back in 1914, Constance Kopp– along with her younger sisters Norma and Fleurette– experienced an unfortunate altercation with a man by the name of Henry Kaufman. After having run his automobile into the three sisters’ horse and buggy on a road near Paterson, New Jersey, a battle of wills, and eventually of bullets, ensued as Constance sought reparation from the factory man for damages regarding the sisters’ only means of wheeled conveyance. As a result, Constance Kopp became one of the first women to be deputized in the United States.
Inspired by this historical skirmish, the bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart, offers us a fictionalized account of the story in the charming novel Girl Waits With Gun.
Book Expo America 2015, a convention for members of the publishing industry, took place on Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29. Authors, booksellers, bloggers, educators, and more gather to network, attend panels and signings, and pick up lots and lots of free books. BookCon was started last year as a continuation of the event but open to the public and more geared to the interests of non-professionals in the world of books. This year’s BEA event was very special for us, since it was the largest gathering of DG writers to date! Here are some of our impressions of the event: Continue reading An Overview of BEA and BookCon 2015
While I am an avid reader of fan fiction and also write it from time to time, I also really enjoy writing just regular old fiction. As I started to write more of my own original characters and worlds, I began to think about authors I’ve seen speak who are unable to write or read fan fiction. I have heard from many authors that their contract does not allow them to read fan fiction of any kind as well as write it.
A week ago Thursday marked the biggest holiday in Chinese culture: the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year. Each year is associated with one of twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. On Thursday, we transitioned from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep. (Or Lamb or Ram or Goat, or whatever you want to call it. They’re all the same in Chinese.) When the year you were born in comes back around (as it will every twelve years), it’s an extra special year for you. Chinese superstition says being born in the year of the sheep means bad luck, but apparently that doesn’t preclude becoming a famous author! Continue reading Famous Authors Born in Year of the Sheep!