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Alumnus Honored with Article Award!

We are chuffed to note that Mike Cadden’s article, “All is Well: the Epilogue in Children’s Fantasy Fiction,” Narrative 20.3 (Oct 2012): 343-356, has been selected as runner up to the best article published in children’s literature during 2012 by the Children’s Literature Association.

Committee members praised the article for its “refreshing” structural analysis that “produces original and necessary insights by asking structural and reader-response questions” with “an invigorating array of examples, well-chosen and effectively explained.” One member wrote that it was simply “a model of excellent scholarship—smart, engaging, thought-provoking, clearly written” about a topic “I had not thought about as a kind of genre.”

Mike will received his award at the banquet at the Children’s Literature Association conference in Columbia, SC. Huzzah!

First Friday, February

First Friday will be at Roberta’s this month. Come one, come all!

February 1, at 6:30ish

First Friday–December

First Friday will be held December 7th, starting at around 6:30, at Karen’s house. The book group for Handler’s book (see below) that was postponed will also meet at 4:30 that afternoon, same place. I’ll make a fire in the stove and have warm beverages!

(And yes, this is my alter ego–thanks for asking!)

Book Group: 11/9

It seemed to work out nicely to have book group the week after First Friday, so let’s do that again. We will be reading Why We Broke Up, a contemporary realistic fiction book by, um, Daniel Handler. Yes. That Daniel Handler. I didn’t get it either, but he’s obviously got an inner teenage girl in his head somewhere. So get a couple of tissues (you will need more than one), and read this book, and then meet at Karen’s on November 9 at 4:30. (And let me know if this date doesn’t work for people and we can always rearrange.)

First Friday

First Friday will be at Mary’s house this month: 606 S. Lee in Bloomington, on November 2, at 6:30. I don’t know who these people are, but they look friendly.