spontaneous overflow: Room of Requirement -
Today I was looking for bookends. “Have you checked the secret closet outside, past the stairs, next to the boiler room?” asked Librarian Jason.
“I have not.” I went out the loading dock, followed the ramp down, and then further down dark stairs. Just before the boiler room, a secret outdoor…
In which a self-proclaimed non-library-tumbling librarian writes, combining two of my favorite things — Harry Potter and libraries — a meditative essay on the magic of libraries. Let us all remember their magic.
When you’re doing a workshop or something, and you have a signup sheet, how do you walk the line between holding people accountable and being, you know, nice and still attractive as an institution?
For Art Week, especially with the littlest kids, we were filled up with a wait list. And then there were a lot of no-shows, and I could have let the wait listers in if only I’d known. Do you get email addresses and send out a reminder? Call the day before?
I think the young adult books that spoke to you when you were 11 and pre-pubescent (awful word; we now call it tween, which is possibly more awful) form your adult tastes. For me it was Madeline L’ Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time with a side of Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion. It was a direct path from here into fantasy, sci-fi, adventure stories and animals.
Give me some Call It Courage about a cannibal island or Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf. Also The Yearling. A Separate Peace. Charlotte’s Web. The Phantom Tollbooth. And now I’m re-reading these things.
Why do this, when there are so much great new books to discover? 1) I have kids and they are just getting into the American Y.A. canon, and 2) I believe T.S. Eliot when he said in Little Gidding (which I learned is a place, and not as I had thought, a little girl), “We shall not cease from exploration/ And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time. — Reading Young Adult Literature in Middle Age (via bookriot)
Graceling Adaptation Lands at Reliance Entertainment
India-based Reliance Entertainment has acquired as a film franchise starter the rights to Kristin Cashore’s bestselling, award winning young adult fantasy trilogy Graceling in partnership with Kintop Pictures.
Producer Deepak Nayar (Paranoia, Bend It Like Beckham, Buena Vista Social Club) will oversee the project for Reliance and Kintop Pictures and will produce alongside Tabrez Noorani (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi) of Tamasha Talkies and Leigh Ann Burton for Blu-Sky Media.
British screenwriter Piers Ashworth (Nostradamus: 2012, St. Trinian’s 1, 2 & 3) has signed on to write the script. Graceling is the first installment of a trilogy, which also includes The New York Times bestsellers Fire and Bitterblue. These New York Times bestselling books have won numerous awards, including the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
The first installment of the trilogy, Graceling, published by Harcourt Children’s Books, tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful young woman who lives in a world where select people born with an extreme skill — called a Grace — are feared and exploited. Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace … and how to put it to good use.
Here’s what producer Deepak Nayar had to say in a statement.“We are very excited about a potential franchise with a strong and original female lead. Graceling offers an original storyline that we haven’t seen before that combines elements of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”
Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures, as partners, are currently producing Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters.
Kristin Cashore is represented by Julie Kane-Ritsch of The Gotham Group and Faye Bender of the Faye Bender Literary Agency. Piers Ashworth is represented by Resolution. Graceling is represented by Julia Scott of Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP.
As is always the case when a book I cherish gets optioned for a movie, I’m not sure whether to be excited or nervous. I’m going for both emotions, at the moment.
No surprises here.
It’s National Library Week — like Shark Week but with cardigans. —
my coworker in the University Archives. (via ex-tabulis)
Well, we do live every week like it’s Shark Week.
Too good not to reblog; I’m sure you’ve already seen it.
averyvspants-deactivated2013042 asked: Oh, you're completely awesome! I mean aside from writing book reviews which is fantastic you've read both the Seven Kingdoms books and the Elisa books you win everything.
Gee, thanks! I’ve gotten more into fantasy in the last couple of years of doing reader’s advisory, after thinking I’d outgrown it as a teen.