Bits of news, and bonus pictures!

Shannon Hale signs books at the
Indianapolis Youth Literature Festival 2012
So the thing I've seen people talking about a lot this week is all those new fairy tales discovered in an archive in Germany. I read the Turnip Princess one, then a couple nights later told it to Benjamin for a bedtime story. He was riveted. There were some modifications, since I couldn't remember the whole thing and since I'm creative like that. I must say I'm excited for these. You know Shannon Hale's first book is a retelling of The Goose Girl, because that fairy tale always bugged her. So maybe she'll write 500 more books, from these. No pressure.

Alysa and Shannon Hale.  These photos sure are crummy quality.

Also Ashley emailed me, oohing and aahing over a gorgeous book called The Cloud Spinner with art by Alison Jay. I pinned it to my new "Books I want to read" board on Pinterest. We both love Alison Jay -- she did the covers for Shannon Hale's Bayern books.

This one I adjusted the saturation. Better?
I had such fun catching up with Shannon!
And in something completely unrelated to Shannon Hale (as far as I know), The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won the Oscar for Best Animated Short. Benjamin and I just watched it together. What was his favorite part? "The books that were flying." :)

So that's the last of the Indy pictures. I already reviewed the book I had Shannon sign, Midnight in Austenland. Loved it.

I wish I could have seen Shannon's keynote at the conference. She showed me some pictures from it, (yeah, we're tight like that) and it looked awesome.  Le sigh. Next time, next time.


  1. Whoa! Five hundred new fairy tales? That is so cool! Where did you go to read one of them, Alysa? (the one you told Benjamin at bedtime?)

  2. The link is in the Guardian article I linked to very first. But I'll give you the direct one here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/05/turnip-princess-discovered-fairytale

  3. Oooo! Shannon Hale in person! And in the same picture with you! Very cool.


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