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The Roundup-- All VCFA WCYA Considered!

Posted by Tami Brown on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 07:08 AM

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Even the dog days of summer are winners at VCFA!

VCFA alums and faculty have given NPR interviews galore in the past couple weeks-- 

Elizabeth Bluemle made a thoughtful and passionate plea for more diverse books on NPR's cornerstone show All Things Considered. A must listen for anyone who loves books or cares about children and our culture.

Matt de la Pena confessed all (at least as far as how he met his wife... when attempting to promote a book event, no less!) in Secrets Spawned of Machismo, Matchmaking And MySpace.

And Coe Booth gave a splendid interview about her new middle grade novel Kinda Like Brothers.

OKAY... who thinks they should rename the show ALL VCFA CONSIDERED???????

Gwenda Bond's forthcoming Lois Lane novel Fall Out was featured in the UK's Guardian Newspaper. Gwenda was quoted saying "Lois is an icon, of course, a superhero without any superpowers … except her unmatched bravery and smarts" Just like Gwenda herself! 

Meg Wiviott sold Paper Hearts, a novel-in-verse based on a true story of friendship and survival in Auschwitz to Margaret K. McElderry Books. Good going, Meg!

School Library Journal interviewed Jandy Nelson about her forthcoming novel I'll Give You The Sun.

And Gayleen Rabakukk signed the contract to write a history of medicine in Oklahoma! Wahoo! (Or maybe we should cheer To Your Health!!)

This weekend students and alums in the Washington DC area are gathering at the National Book Festival to see Rita Williams-Garcia and to celebrate each other and the world of children's literature. Hosting a VCFA gatherine in your home town is simple. Contact Kelly Bordeleau Lamb, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs at VCFA at (802) 828-8544 or  Kelley.Lamb@vcfa.edu  

Good going, VCFA!

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