|Revenge of the Witch|
|Curse of the Bane|
|Night of the Soul Stealer|
|Attack of the Fiend|
|Wrath of the Bloodeye|
|Clash of the Demons|
|Rise of the Huntress|
|Rage of the Fallen||releases April 19, 2011|
Man, it's been a bad year for authors, and it's still only March! We lost another of the greats on Saturday, as British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.
Wynne Jones published books that were equally loved by children, teens, and adults, and writers as varied as J.K. Rowling to Neil Gaiman claim her as one of their greatest influences.
For more information about her rich life, read this obituary from School Library Journal, or this reminiscence from the blog of Neil Gaiman, who traveled to Britain to visit with her last week. And for folks who haven't discovered her funny, wise, and witty fantasy books for all ages, check out some of these titles:
Diana, you will be missed.
Henna Magic by Philippa Faulks
If you are interested in henna this is the book for you. Henna Magic goes into great detail about what henna is, the "magic" of henna, the history of henna, the rituals of henna and more.
The last two summers Sonoma County Library hosted a henna program for teens. Click on the old blog entries to see pictures from these henna programs.
This just in!
In a press release today from Random House Children's Books, it was announced that the final book of the wildly-popular Christopher Paolini "Inheritance" series will be released in November 2011! Wahoo!!
Book 4: Inheritance
This exciting news comes more than three years after the release of the previous book. Author Christopher Paolini (only 17 years old when he wrote the first book) is quoted as saying: "The burning questions asked by fans around the world will finally be answered in this last installment. All will be revealed!"
I'm looking forward to it! Are you?
The magazine School Library Journal is running its second annual "Battle of the Kids' Books," which pits 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the most famous authors of children's books.
Children's books and teen books; fiction and nonfiction, they are all thrown in together to pick out what is THE. BEST. KIDS. BOOK. of the year.
Author-judges include folks such as Karen Hesse, R.L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Cushman and Richard Peck.
There is one decision a day, starting on this past Monday, March 14th. Some awesome titles have already been knocked out of the running. Thank goodness for "The Undead Poll," where readers were allowed to vote for a book to be "resurrected from the dead" after Round Three.
Round One will winnow the list from 16 books down to 8; Round Two will get it down to 4; Round Three will get us to the top two books, and then we we get the winner in the Big Kahuna Round.
Are you interested? I sure am! Follow along with me as the winners emerge each day!
Did you know that the origins of Women's History Month actually began in Sonoma County?
In the 1970s, although groups like the National Organization of Women (NOW)and ERAmerica were fighting to have the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, the topic of women's history was completely unknown in both the public consciousness and in school curricula.
To address this perceived lack, in 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women initiated the first-ever "Women's History Week" celebration. The program was a huge success, with special programs in the schools, speakers around the county, an essay contest, and finally a celebratory parade held in downtown Santa Rosa as the finale of the week.
Upon hearing of the success of the Sonoma County program, several prominent women's groups began lobbying for a national celebration — and in 1980, President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the first-ever "Women's History Week," which was in early March of that year. And in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity.
All thanks to the local community support in Sonoma County! Yeah!
Check out this website and add your own stories to the ongoing fabric of women’s history: http://1000memories.com/women-in-history.
You can include photos, narratives, and memories of your mothers, grandmothers, and heroines, alongside famous women from history. This website allows for a collective celebration of women's history and creates a place where current and future generations can be inspired by the role of women in history. The idea is to create a single place where the women important in each of our lives are remembered side-by-side.
What better way is there to celebrate Women's History Month, than to tell the stories of women who are important to you?