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June 30, 2005



Will any cub journalists from Entertainment Weekly be attacked during the award ceremonies?


The same James Patterson whose book I just returned to the library unread -- except for the first 5 pages or so? Not what I would call a "page turner."


Are his factory minions eligible?

John Rickards

I wholeheartedly applaud the idea behind it.

The snarky little child within me is sniggering at the thought of any judging panel including half a dozen of his monkeys with typewriters shelling peanuts with their toes and whooping at publishing people. But that's because I don't believe in letting a running joke die.


While I'm totally fascinated by your post, as usual, I'm mostly coming on here to quickly tell you that I will call yer lovely ass probably Sunday if not sooner. I shall not leave you hanging. Hoboken or bust. Christin Tours the East Coast 2005...


More seriously....

"The second $25,000 award--the PageTurner School Award--goes to the elementary school, middle school, high school, or college that inculcates the joy of reading for pleasure in its students......The Award Council is composed of executives at Little, Brown and Company and the Time Warner Book Group"

What are the criteria for "inculcating the joy of reading?" (As opposed to all the crappy schools that try to make reading unpleasant???) Would it have anything to do with which publishing house books are bought from? Monkeys with typewriters is a hell of a lot less troubling to me than the Little Brown and Co part of that sentence. Can we say "kick back" children?


How do I start campaigning? I can do it. I can promote the excitement of reading. Really I can. I can pubically highligh the entertainment value of books (whatever the HELL that means". I'll I'll start a book group! (I don't DO book groups) just gimme a sec. Is there a first runner up? Miss Congeniality (that's Cornelia).
The part I especially love is how Patterson will visit the winning school and he'll SIGN books while he's there. So um, does he know how to sign "Dav Pilkey" and "J.K. Rowling" and "Madeleine L'Engle"?
Too bad I don't know anyone who promotes the joy of reading. Anything about how they accept nominations?

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