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ALA ‘Academy Awards’ and “a teacupful of story in a big fancy bathtub….”

Earlier today the ALA announced the 2004 Newbery and Caldecott winners.

(SAN DIEGO) Kate DiCamillo, author of “The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread,” and Mordicai Gerstein, illustrator and author of “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” are the 2004 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. They were among the award winners announced today by the American Library Association (ALA) during its Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Considered the “Academy Awards” of children’s book publishing, the 2004 Newbery and Caldecott medals honor outstanding writing and illustration of works published in the United States during the previous year.

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In addition, Ursula Le Guin received the Margaret A. Edwards award for her lifetime contribution to young adult readers. AWP’s October/November 2003 Writer’s Chronicle has a lengthy interview of Le Guin by Ramola D. (If you like serious, in-depth articles on writing, AWP’s magazine might be for you.) Le Guin discussed a wide-range of subjects from her various writing modes to feminism to Star Trek parodies. My favorite Le Guin quote?

“Well, the first problem often, as you set out to write a story, is to find out what the right length for this particular story is–is it in fact a novel, a novella, a short story? You don’t want to end up with a teacupful of story in a big fancy bathtub…”


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