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Margo Lanagan in New Orleans

For a unique perspective on New Orleans and the recent American Library Association meeting there, I direct you to the Australian novelist Margo Lanagan. She is the current writer in residence at  inside a dog, a project of the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library Victoria; inside a dog promotes young adult books and Australian writers. Besides the literary events and book signings, Lanagan and her son visited the devastated Lower Ninth Ward.

Lanagan's new collection of stories, White Time, sees print stateside in August. The Horn Book gave it a starred review in the July/August issue. (That link is for the index; you'll have to pick up a copy of the magazine to read the review.)

Another fine post about New Orleans is over at the library blog Tinfoil + Raccoon. Also don't miss the comments on this Chicken Spaghetti post; click on either "permalink" or "comments" to read Monica Edinger's heartbreaking report. (Thank you!)

And finally Liz B. visited the Hancock County (Mississippi) library system, also torn up by Katrina, and reports back on the progress there at Pop Goes the Library.


O, Canada

On the way home from a short trip the other day, Junior asked his dad and me what Canada was famous for. We had been visiting in New Jersey, so I'm not sure what the connection was, but Junior's dad and I stammered out a few feeble answers. I mentioned this in a comment on the Farm School blog, and look what today brings: a fabulous list of reading about Canada. Wow. Thank you, Becky! I already printed out the whole thing.