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.

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

<a href="">The first of three videos </a>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

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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.

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.

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.

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. <A HREF="">Listen in on the chat here on the Just One More Book podcast</A>.


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