Saturday, June 26, 2010

Salman Rushdie

So things have been very busy; we've seen different authors (Mo Willems, Kadir Nelson, Jerry Pinkney, Laurie Halse Anderson), gotten some awesome ARCs (YAY Clockwork Angels!), Arianna went and saw Sue Monk Kidd, and now we're listening to Salman Rushdie!

He is surprisingly funny, we appreciated that his joke, "I am losing my librarian viriginity today (he has not lectured to librarians before), I cannot think of nicer people to lose it to." He seems to like to dispell myths about famous authors: J.M. Barry and Lewis Carroll. His overarching theme is writing books about children but not necessarily for children. He wants his new book Luka and the Fire of Life, his kind of sequel to Haround and the Sea of Stories, to be an equal to its predecessor. He doesn't want them to follow the same fate as Lewis Carroll's books. Both books share the same theme - that the main characters are saving their families, and its a revisiting to the world of Haround, but Luka is not a sequential sequel but rather a stand-alone story that uses a familar universe. He reads a selection and it is filled with humor, active words, and vivid imagery.

"Children like to be scared, but they don't like to be disturbed. George Lucas has taught them that."

I am getting very distracted between listening and blogging, so I'm going to stop for a while and see if Jamie or Arianna can take over for a bit...

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