Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What I like

Listening to streams of new releases on Spinner (via Largehearted Boy) - the new Bird And The Bee! Mark Olson and Gary Louris of the Jayhawks reunite!

Seminary Co-op Bookstores' virtual Front Table.

Neil Gaiman's twitter about winning the Newberry.

The absolutely darling book, Ms Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.

The blurb:
Ms. Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new—new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father. Grappling awkwardly with her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work. Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own report cards, or bring up personal experiences while teaching a sex-education class? Sarah Shun-lien Bynum finds characters at their most vulnerable, then explores those precarious moments in sharp, graceful prose. From this most innovative of young writers comes another journey down the rabbit hole to the wonderland of middle school, memory, daydreaming, and the extraordinary business of growing up.

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