The Lambda Literary Awards seek to recognize excellence in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. Each year, over 80 judges -- writers, booksellers, librarians, journalists -- assess the entries in more than 20 categories.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Memorial, by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan
A boy listens to the story of a Memorial tree planted in 1918 - a tree the town council wants to cut down.
Under the Blood-Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury
About Pearl Harbor and the Japanese-American Internment camps in Hawaii.
Heart of a Shepherd, by Roseanne Parry
A boy's dad gets shipped out to Iraq and he must help his grandparents keep the ranch going.
Heroes, by Robert Cormier
An 18 year-old returns from World War II with a Silver Star, a face lost to a grenade and a mission.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009
Young Writers’ Contest.
1st - "The Hoard Keeper" - Brenden Bogley- New Market- home school
2nd - "Dreamland for Insomniacs" - Margaret Renninger - Silver Spring- Montgomery Blair high School of
3rd - Snow Angel - Helen Zhao – Reisterstown- Carver Center of Arts and Technology of Baltimore County
Honorable Mention tie –
a. "Welcome to Earth, May I take your Order" - Peter Veres -
Odenton – home school
b. "On the Bright Side" - Ali Schwartz –Seaford – Worcester Prep
Awards will be presented by the Compton Crook Award winner at Balticon 43, Maryland ’s oldest Regional Science Fiction Convention at the Hunt Valley Inn on May 23, 2009.
The Chalker YWC is open to all Maryland High School students, ages 14-18. Stories are judged “blind” by members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. The winners receive $150 (1st), $100 (2nd) and $50 (3rd) , a B.S.F.S. T shirt and membership in the convention. Stories may be read at www.bsfs.org.
To enter the 2010 contest, rules are posted on www.bsfs.org.
Balticon is in Hunt Valley this year...no parking charges! Oh - if you aren't already attending Balticon, the charge is only $11!!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
They keep muttering about conjunctions with space debris. I finally realised that - while we watch conjunctions of planets all the time from Earth - when you're UP THERE, something coming THAT CLOSE is a bit worrisome.
Ah, good news, conjunction came and went and it seems nothing got punctured.
Tomorrow should be interesting - they get to look 'under the hood' on HST and start the tune-up/replacement.
What a great bunch of people,
Friday, May 8, 2009
In honor of Mother's Day, we are choosing our favorite Hot Authors.
Manil Suri, author of Age of Shiva
David Baldacci - who does great things as well as being author of The Whole Truth
Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections
Who is your favorite?
Lauretta & Anne
PS And - though they aren't authors - any of the guys in Porn for Women and Porn for Women of a Certain Age
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Come on in and ask where we stash our Advance Reader copies and take home a free book!
While supplies last, of course.
PS I thought I was a geek but this goes above and beyond: YouTube user bd594 has produced a cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody, " using a ScanJet, a TI99, an Atari 800, amongst other things. Talk about your metal music. We used to kid around in the Baltimore Symphony Chorus about Symphony for Copier and Vacuum Cleaner, but MAN.