Monica Edinger's Blog
June 16, 2018
It being the twenty year anniversary of the Harry Potter books, I’ve been invited to be part of a panel at ALA featuring Brian Selznick (Sunday at 12 at the Pop Stage). This made me look back at my many HP posts. Here’s a favorite (click on the images to see better versions of them) done shortly before the final book came out:
I just got a new computer and spent the last week at school playing with some software I hadn’t tried before including the very fun Comic Life. Of cours...
June 9, 2018
While I did love the reviewer who seemed to think my book was a knife (which amazon seems to have finally removed), this person also has a perspective I haven’t seen before.
June 3, 2018
I’ve been doing a lot of in-person and social media listening these days. I have for years, but recent conversations have made me do some serious reflecting on systemic racism and my part in it. Say by supporting it by smugly thinking I’m better than certain of my fellow good white folk. Instead of this wasted and wrong-headed thinking, I need to do the work with them, take responsibility for it as a fellow white person of privilege. I need to push myself harder to get past my own limitation...
May 27, 2018
May 20, 2018
Until yesterday morning I had just about no interest in the wedding. To be honest, not following it closely, I wondered why so many were so engaged. What, I wondered, made this British monarchy so compelling still? Especially for us in the United States? I was aware that the bride was American and bi-racial, divorced, and not exactly “typical” for the British royal family. Nonetheless, when people wrote of getting up early to watch the event, to have parties, etc I smiled bemused and went on...
May 10, 2018
Yesterday was Teacher Appreciation Day in the United States. I’m going to be blunt here — as a teacher in her fifth decade in the classroom, I find the celebration simplistic and annoying. In this country, teachers are generally not appreciated, but hectored at, scolded, disrespected, and generally seen as problematic in endless ways. I wrote yesterday on facebook:
On this Teacher Appreciation Day, I’d like to wish that teacher colleagues receive respect (not scorn) every week of the year not...
May 7, 2018
Congratulations to all!
Angela Brooksbank, illus. Candlewick South Africa
Charly Palmer, illus Farrar, Strauss, Giroux
Portia Dery Toby Newsome, illus...
May 3, 2018
I was too lazy to find my cardboard viewer and download the app, but it looks pretty good this way too.
Here’s Méliès original Trip to the Moon
And here is the Georges Méliès tribute scene (The recreated films start at 3:16.) from Scorsese’s film Hugo, based on Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. For a very cool slide show of the opening images in the book click here.
April 30, 2018
This past Saturday was the glorious culmination of the work and appreciation of many people — Naomi Shihab Nye’s Arbuthnot lecture at Western Washington University. The 2018 Arbuthnot Committee, of which I am a member, began operating way back in early 2016, looking far and wide for the best person possible to deliver this distinguished lecture. Our decision made we had to keep it under wraps until Midwinter 2017 when it was announced to a gratifyingly enthusiastic response. The next task fo...
April 17, 2018
Out in October, Louisiana’s Way Home hones in on one of the three Rancheros from Raymie Nightingale. Having been fortunate enough to receive an advance reader’s copy along with some peanuts and an O’Henry bar, I dropped into Louisiana’s story penned in DeCamillo’s unmistakable prose and was unable to stop until I was done. Thanks, Candlewick PR folks, for the sustenance as I craved them as soon as they were mentioned. As the book isn’t out for a while all I’m going to say is that it is