Links!

  • Thinking about character development?  Love the Muppets?  Siobhan Vivian shares an awesome article about the development of some of the most famous Muppets.  Gonzo’s original name was Snarl the Cigar Box Frackle.  And while I don’t know what that means, I do know that it’s awesome.
  • This article on the demise of the suburbs made me think of Paper Towns.  The author’s solution to the declining suburban population is creating walkable communities – and local branch libraries should be a big part of that.  Shared community spaces and resources like libraries should be at the center of any plan that addresses this problem.
  • Trisha at the YAYAYAs wants to know where all the YA literature in translation is hiding.
  • Lois Lowry wants all the writers out there to please please please leave the message out of their children’s books.
  • Another plea to authors, this one from Kidliterate: when you link to your books, don’t forget the indie bookstores.  I think this is good for bloggers to keep in mind, too.
  • Maggie Stiefvater, author of Lament, has posted a very funny run-down of the many kinds of evil characters in books and movies.  The caption on Gaston made me giggle.
  • And of course, the Cybils winners were announced this weekend.  Congratulations to the winning authors!
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