Gimbling in the Wabe – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Gene Luen Yang!

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Okay, I have to admit, I find last week’s announcement of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows (and their subsequent awarding of the generous – to the tune of $625,000-no-strings-attached generous – Genius Grants) to be incredibly exciting. One expects microbiologists, computer scientists, human rights lawyers, chemists, and the like to be named MacArthur Fellows, sure.  And [….]

Children’s Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

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Walter Dean Myers, prolific author of children’s books – from picture books for youngsters to novels for young adults, to poetry and non-fiction, many depicting the realistic struggles of growing up a person of color – passed away on July 1, 2014 after a brief illness. After his mother died giving birth to his younger [….]

Charles Wright Announced as New US Poet Laureate

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On Thursday, June 12, the Library of Congress announced that Charles Wright would be this year’s poet laureate.  (In the United States, the poet laureate position lasts a year – sometimes two – and has few official duties other than overseeing a series of readings and lectures at the Library of Congress, and generally promoting [….]