Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"Dammit! Put Chloe on!"

The Horn Book's subway stop was like an episode of 24 this morning, with circling helicopters, black-garbed Staties, cleared bridges, police cars everywhere and news vans looking for a story. It turns out there was a package that could have been a bomb but wasn't. The Boston Globe had to settle for a story about a kid stuck on the subway who called his school to say why he was late--and they didn't believe him. Shocking, I know.

The drama continued in the office when I spoke to an SLJ reporter who was doing a story about ALSC's possible sanctions against bloggers who serve on award committees. That was the big buzz at midwinter, and while the ALSC board did entertain some suggestions for how bloggers might be reined in, at this writing it looks like calmer heads have prevailed, and bloggers will have no less and no more responsibility than any other committee members for respecting the confidentiality of the award committees' doings. It was brought to Read Roger's attention that a previous post did in fact violate the confidentiality rules, and I took that post down. (That's all I'm saying, except that ALSC was correct in this particular and that it was nothing especially juicy.)

The Foundation for Children's Books event last night was lively and crowded and informative I hope. I got to meet J. L. Bell and Ilse Plume, and saw my pal Leo Landry, who has some seriously spooky ghost stories to tell about a house he used to live in.

7 comments:

Jennie said...

DC had a suspicious-looking-package-that-shut-down-a-metro-station-but-was-nothing-type morning as well!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Yes, the FCB event was informative. Some of my author and illustrator friends who couldn't attend have been peppering me with questions. I guess I should have taken notes!

Lynn said...

That poor kid, try to do the right thing and where does it get you? In trouble with school. You just can't make this stuff up.

Since we read all of your posts it follows we saw the violated comments (*smile*). I am sure all is forgiven.

We need some deets on the book event.

sdl said...

But that was one of your all-time best subject lines! Couldn't they have objected to a different entry?

Jean said...

What can you tell us about the Foundation for Childen's Books night, Roger? Any interesting conclusions/hunches?

rindawriter said...

I would like to know a tidbit or two as well..

I was musing the other night that the somebody might be missing a grand opportunity here to make a little extra! I bet, if, say the Foundation sponsored the transcript of such a panel dicsussion and it were put online for sale, at say $3 to $5 a download and broadcast amongst the "writign for children adn YA comunity,"
, I'm betting some money would be made by somebodies! Enough at least to sponsor another such discussion luxuriously.....

Anonymous said...

yes, put it on line for a modest price but give the income to the participants - especially the publishers who were good enough to share their "wisdom"