March 10th, 2014



* Why did the 2013 YA post-apocalyptic film How I Live Now receive such little attention? Meg Rosoff's novel, on which it was based, won the British Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the American Printz Award for young-adult literature, and I expected there to be considerable excitement about the adaptation (especially with Saoirse Ronan in the lead role). I quite liked the novel, and I thought the film was well worth seeing. Consider it recommended!

* I just used my "Gothic Tradition" course as an excuse to reread Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October. So, so good.

* I'm currently reading War Dances, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2010, as I'm gearing up for my interview of Sherman Alexie when he visits Lenoir-Rhyne University later this month. My "Native American Experience" students are reading one of my favorite Alexie novels, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which won the National Book Award as well as many other well-deserved honors. I'm so pleased they'll have an opportunity to hear and meet him.

This is making the rounds again, and I thought I'd pass it along in case it's useful.

"Growing moon. Angry cat. Feather on the wind. Autumn comes. The grass dies."
- A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny