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Glimmer Train 

I'm pleased to report that my short story "In the Bed" received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's March 2014 "Family Matters" competition. I can't share it yet, because no one has actually published it, but I'm hoping that another journal will pick it up. In the meantime, here's a photo of a new shoot sprouting on the Schefflera beside me. Sweet, no?


National Book Festival

I learned the other day that Genie Wishes will be part of the Library of Congress's National Book Festival this year--as the book representing Maryland on the festival's Discover Great Places Through Reading brochure/map. For me--a Library of Congress fangirl who used to walk the three or four miles from Georgetown University to the LOC once a month or so--this is all-the-flowers-blooming-at-once exciting. (These, by the way, are some of my back yard azaleas, posing last week after a crazy-long winter.)

I'll be at the August 30 festival, at the Maryland table in the Pavilion of States, when I'm not wandering around trying to spot my favorite authors (and illustrators) and work up the nerve to talk to them.


Beached Whales, Then and Now

This week's news story of beached whales in Newfoundland took my college friend Jennie and me back to the days of our Prints of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries art history class with Walter Melion, in which we studied amazingly interesting prints, like this one by Hendrick Goltzius:

In fact, beached whales were a common subject in Dutch art of this era. (For more on this, click here.)


Fan Art From Amelia

Recently, I met up with Baltimore writer Evan Balkan, and we made a swap: his most recent book, Walking Baltimore, for a copy of Genie Wishes for his daughter Amelia. A few days later, this excellent piece of fan art arrived in the mail. I love the level of detail--Amelia nailed it.


Letters About Literature

Being part of the Maryland Humanities Council's Letters About Literature recognition ceremony at the CityLit Festival this weekend was a highlight of my spring. I met so many curious, bright young writers. To learn more about the Letters About Literature program and how to get your students or children involved, go to the Library of Congress website. (Even the envelope designs are cool!)

There's a podcast of Saturday's festivities here, at the website of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which hosted the program and the festival at its Central Branch.

Here's the window I always have to stop and admire when I'm fortunate enough to be in that building.