Notes From My Weekend Web Surfing…

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Since returning from New Orleans, I’ve been catching up on my reading. Here are a few things that have crossed my screen…

1. Tea Obreht’s first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, is receiving glowing reviews…a front page review in the New York Times Book Review in which Obreht’s novel is described as “luminous,” the cover of the monthly Indie Bound newsletter, and discussions all over the blogosphere. Obreht was also listed in the New Yorker as one of  the “20 under 40” in this past summer’s fiction issue. I downloaded the novel onto my Nook this morning and can’t wait to read it.

2. While in New Orleans, I read in the New York Times that author Steven Kroll died. I felt a wave of nostalgia when I saw the obituary. Kroll wrote nearly 100 books for children, but the best known is The Biggest Pumpkin, the story of two mice competing to grow just what you would expect – the biggest pumpkin! It may not have been an award-winning title, but it does just what a good story for very young children should do – delights the reader. When my son was young, this was one of his favorite stories. He was thrilled by the premise that the two mice were completely unaware of each other’s presence on the other side of the growing pumpkin.

3. The actress who will play Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games is…Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category for her performance in Winter’s Bone. I was interested in seeing Winter’s Bone before, but now it’s at the top of my Netflix queue.

4. Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall) is writing a prequel to the Boxcar Children series. MacLachlan’s novel will be published in September 2012. The Boxcar Children novels are popular with the “beginning chapter books crowd,”  but before reading about this new novel, I had no idea there were so many of them – 150!  Gertrude Chandler Warner, the woman who started it all, wrote the first 19 books beginning in 1942.

We’re making jambalaya for dinner tonight with some of the seasonings we brought back from New Orleans. It’s cooking now and bringing back memories of the French Quarter!

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