Interviews

An Interview With The Faceless Historian

On one of my previous shows, I talked about Ignite Phoenix and the whole Ignite thing. Among other things, I said it'd be good for librarians to get into something like this because, in five minutes, you can tell a huge group of people all about your library and/or whatever else you're passionate about.

Dani Cutler, a local Phoenix area podcaster, is working on a series of interviews with people who've presented at Ignite Phoenix. She and I sat down at one of the greatest coffee shops in the Valley of the Sun and talked about libraries and the funny things that happen in them, history, Hyperlinked History, and presenting at Ignite.

So if you have the interest, you can hear my alter ego speak with the lovely and intelligent Dani Cutler over on the Ignite Phoenix Podcast site.

Getting Paid: With Harlan Ellison

When it comes to science fiction, Harlan Ellison is a living legend who wrote, and fought, his way to the top. He's known for being abrasive, cantankerous, and he's just as well known for being proud of that assessment. This is a man who not only sued AOL and the guy who posted his stories on AOL without authorization, his lawsuit was successful.

So Maria Langer, the author of over 70 books on using technology, posted this video on her blog. It's Mr. Ellison talking about the importance of paying writers. As you'd expect, he's vocal about getting paid for his work, and why not? It's his work and don't you get paid for yours? Be prepared for colourful language, invective, and righteous indignation.

In other words, be prepared for Harlan Ellison being himself and telling you exactly how he feels.

Video Series: Lane Smith demonstrates his illustration process & shares thoughts about the KidLitosphere

Author/Illustrator Lane Smith walks us through his thought process and style decisions for two soon-to-be-publishsed picture books:
- Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) with Florence Parry Heide due out September 22, 2009; and
- The Big Elephant in the Room due out July 7, 2009.

and shares insight on the publishing industries view of online book enthusiasts.

Bloggers and podcasters take note of the interview segment with Lane during the end credits!

You can watch this video series on the Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.

Lane Smith Video Documentary (part 1 of 3) Released Today

The first of three videos documenting the JustOneMoreBook Podcast crew's weekend in the home and studio of Lane Smith and Molly Leach has been published (April 2, 2009) at:

In this 15 minute online documentary, Lane shows off original artwork from The Stinky Cheese Man, describes the production process for The Happy Hocky Family books, shares his passion for children’s books — old and new — and compares traditional collage with digital collage.

Rock Stars of Reading: a video and audio series about a six-day children's book road trip

In November 2008, the Just One More Book!! children's book podcast set out on a six-day road trip to live, eat, socialize, paint and read with children's book creators.

Producers Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis and their two daughters, Lucy (9) and Bayla (7), lived by a tight schedule of studio visits, lunches, dinners, round table discussions and gallery visits. The trip was video and audio recorded and has been produced as a series of documentary video and audio programs that will be published on the Internet, for free, beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (click here to see a promotional video clip). -- Read More

Please Don't Call It a Graphic Novel

...says Art Spiegelman, annointed father of the genre. He says, "If that’s true (that he's the father), I want a blood test," the Economist reports. 'Graphic novel' sounds more respectable, but I prefer 'comics' because it credits the medium. ['Comics'] is a dumb word, but that’s what they are."

Spiegelman is not without his share of ticks. He admitted that he hates collaborating with other artists, he talks out loud while he works and he takes very little pleasure in drawing. “I don’t have the natural skills or patience to draw well,” he said. “I take no pleasure in drawing a tree just for a tree’s sake. I only draw a tree when I absolutely need a tree.”

Library Bill of Rights for Gamers?

When asked, "As a gamer, what should I expect from my library? – and if they aren’t meeting my expectations is there anything I can do about it?" Information Goddess Beth Gallaway answered, "Games are information and stories, conveyed in an interactive digital format, and thoroughly legitimate. Gamers should expect librarians to treat games like any other material in the library."

In the full interview, Gallaway describes the current relationship between gamers and libraries and explains what both sides need to do to make gaming in libraries work.

Game Couch: Talking to the Information Goddess

In light of the article text, it is probably worthwhile to listen to the middle part of LISTen #62 with the chat with Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley.

Do the 4 million US children and teens suffering from mental illness see themselves in books?

Most people are likely to pretend that mental and emotional health issues do not affect them or their loved ones. Yet, whether you’re prepared to admit it or not, mental and emotional health problems do exist in children.

Kim Hix wrote the book No One is Perfect and YOU Are a Great Kid as a gift to her son, Zack, who struggles with ever changing moods, severe anxiety and Tourettes Disorder. He was diagnosed at age four. He’s now thirteen.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author Kim Hix talks about her son Zack’s mental health disorders, the confidence of her family to embrace the person Zack is and helping to raise awareness of mental and emotional health in children through her book.

You can listen to this chat on Just One More Book! Children's Literature/Literacy Podcast which is not affiliated with the LISNews Netcast Network and not yet included in LISFeeds.

The New, Tech-Savvy Librarian

People often picture librarians as the stiff, grey-haired stereotype wearing horned-rimmed glasses and a bun -- and shushing people. Many librarians, however, are on the cutting edge of the coolest of media tools. Today's librarians have embraced some incredible new technologies to spread a love of reading and to promote their craft.

Elizabeth Bird, or Betsy Bird, is one of a new generation of librarians. She has achieved a lot very early in her career including sitting on the Newbery award committee in 2006 and, following the success of Fuse #8, her own blog about children’s books, has become a blogger for the web edition of the popular print magazine School Library Journal. Betsy’s also been known to produce episodes of her Fuse#8 podcast.

Listen in as Mark Blevis of JustOneMoreBook.com chats with New York Central Children's ultra hip Librarian, Betsy Bird.

Conversation with "Lady Liberty: A Biography" illustrator, Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares, illustrator extraordinaire, talks about turning his senior thesis into his first published book, the ageless appeal of baseball stories and a kindergarten teacher who fostered his passion for art.

Listen in on the chat here on the Just One More Book podcast.

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