Friday, September 09, 2011

This blog has moved

and it, along with its archives, can now be found over here.

Monday, August 29, 2011

New World Coming

A new website, anyway, launching next Tuesday, September 6th (fingers, legs, eyes, toes, etc. crossed). The address remains the same--www.hbook.com--but the look will be livelier and the navigation easier. This blog will be at hbook.com/blogs/readroger (likewise for /outofthebox) and don't forget our new blog debuting that day, /callingcaldecott.

One thing I'm most looking forward to is the ability to make and respond to comments about any articles, not just blog posts, we put on the site, and I'm hoping you will, as Quentin Blake had it, all join in.

Here's a preview of my new look, courtesy of designer Lolly Robinson and illustrator Ed Briant:


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The cake she baked


Simmons gal Susan Bloom made this delicious wedding cake for us, chocolate with praline frosting. YUM. While it is true that I am taller than Richard, I am represented by the little faux-Hummel guy in the bow tie (whose head fell off when we washed him; sorry Kitty) while the tall man is an Alias action figure of arch villain Arvin Sloane as played by Ron Rifkin, to whom Richard bears a startling resemblance.

Thank you Susan for the cake; Kitty for the faux-Hummel and all the Horn Bookers who made fruit salad, took pictures, danced, and held my hand.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Family Values


After twenty-odd years of living in sin, Richard and I are getting married this weekend (the pic above is from the lovely surprise shower thrown for me today by the Horn Book ladies) and tomorrow is the start of the preparatory madness. Music: check; lights: check; suits: check; vows, food, rings, cake, cleaning: not so much. See you all next week!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cross out Beezus!

I just saw two three four new YA novels indulging employing  annoying pervasive strike-throughs to indicate a narrator's dithering second thoughts or transparently self-buffing lies strategic rearrangements of the truth. I think this might be 2012's dead girl OCD selectively mute protagonist of choice. It's kind of like when everyone gets the same toy for Christmas an interesting  new post-modern narrative choice that reveals the self-centeredness reflexivity of the typing writing process.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Question re The Help,

which I have just finished and found interesting in ways intended and otherwise. But I am unsure about a major plot point and will to try to phrase my question so as not to spoil it for anyone planning to read it or see the movie: Did Minny actually do what she said she did to Hilly or was the genius just in making her believe she did?