January 20, 2013 |
For authors these days, socializing is a sales tool - though on a Friday night, most of us are more likely to be at home mingling on social media than out at an actual party. But here we are in Haverford, at Children's Book World's 21st annual Celebration of Local Authors and Illustrators - dressed up, sipping wine, and shopping for each other's books before the beloved store's loyal customers arrive. I'm balancing Beth Kephart's Small Damages and David Wiesner's The Three Pigs , favorite books by writers whose work I admired before we met here and became friends.
January 12, 2012 |
The case for - or is it against? - Michelle Obama: "One, she's black," says James B. Peterson, associate professor of English and director of the Africana studies department at Lehigh University. "Two, she's assertive. Three, she's smart. Four, she's strong. Five, she's a great political mind. And we can't forgive her for it. " In a new book, The Obamas , by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, Michelle Obama is depicted as often at odds with the West Wing staff, pushing for health-care reform.
April 1, 2010 |
On a March day in 1967, Louis J. Kripplebauer Jr. walked into a Philadelphia courtroom to be charged with an $81,000 burglary at a Food Fair store in 1965. He walked away free because a judge determined that police had used a defective search warrant. But Mr. Kripplebauer then grew out of neighborhood crimes like that heist at I Street and Hunting Park Avenue. In August 1976, at 40, he was sentenced to federal prison after pleading no contest to charges that he and others stole $250,000 in silverware and other valuables in a Houston suburb and shipped them back to Philadelphia.
October 31, 2006 |
It was Jonathan Maberry's Scottish grandmother who put vampires into his life. And the Warrington writer is gruesomely grateful. Citadel Press recently published his Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us. His first book about the big, bad bats, Vampire Slayers' Field Guide to the Undead, was published in 2003 by Strider Nolan. Maberry's mother's mother was born in the 1880s near Edinburgh and raised in Alsace-Lorraine.
July 26, 2001 |
When three rowdy boys, ages 12 and 13 and charged with disorderly conduct, ended up before District Justice Deborah Truscello-McHugh about a year ago, she knew that merely slapping them with fines wouldn't do. She needed something that would rattle them awake, something that would keep them off the streets and out of her courtroom - something like a book club. Now a youngster found guilty of such a minor offense as disorderly conduct or underage drinking may be given three months to read a book assigned by the judge and write a five-page report.
April 29, 2001 |
Reading a required story and writing a report have led to a nontraditional route for students at Sabold and Scenic Hills Elementary Schools. After all, how many children see their book reports sung by a Broadway performer? The fourth-grade students are becoming lyricists by creating original songs to tell story themes. The project is directed by Arts for Anyone, a nonprofit organization that brings professional musicians and actors to schools to perform selections from a classroom book, said Bruce D. Taylor, director of the program.
August 14, 1999 |
Many of the people supervising the education of public school children need to learn more about balancing the public checkbook, a city controller's report has found. The report, tracking the School District's financial reporting through the 1997-1998 school year, found a variety of thefts, missing school property and lax bookkeeping involving $5.5 million in spending at schools and district offices. Over $28,000 in cash and bus tokens were stolen during the school year, the controller's office said.
November 15, 1995 |
Five days after prosecutor Marcia Clark signed a book deal worth $4.2 million, attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr., her victorious adversary in the O.J. Simpson trial, has worked out plans to write his own memoir - but reports differed on who won the prize this time. According to sources cited by the Los Angeles Times, Cochran's deal with Ballantine Group "slightly exceeds" the $4.2 million advance obtained by Clark. But Newsday reported that Cochran's figure was between $3 million and $4.2 million.
January 3, 1995 |
In a bizarre sidelight to one of Pennsylvania's strangest electoral sagas, voter registration material from the Second State Senate District that disappeared the night before November's election turned up yesterday next to a Burger King in Bucks County. The books had been missing since Nov. 7, when an election official reported they were stolen with her van. City election officials yesterday discounted the possibility that the missing books could have affected the result of November's very close election.
April 15, 1993 |
It doesn't matter how many show up - which usually isn't many - the tour goes on. Even if it's only one person, the excursion shoves off at the stroke of 11. "If a living body shows up, and we have a staff member to do it, we do it," says head guide Frank Halpern. "It's rare to get more than a couple. " Rare . . . Halpern uses the word a lot. It's rare when he gets through a conversation without saying it. Guy just can't help it. Guess it's because he's surrounded by all kinds of rare stuff, not the least of which is Grip, a rare bird if there ever was one. More about Grip later.