Barbara Park, a former class clown who channeled her irreverence into the million-selling mishaps of grade schooler Junie B. Jones, has died. She was 66.
Park died Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, according to a statement released Sunday by Random House Books for Young Readers. She was a longtime resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., where she lived with her husband, Richard, and raised two sons.
What’s old is new again in the pages of “Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects.”
If you like to write and pursue other creative endeavors, you’ll want to learn more about this new literary publication from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. It’s connected with the school’s master of fine arts program in creative and professional writing, and is a free, online journal that’s now taking submissions.
“Poor Yorick” will publish poems, stories, essays, profiles, digital video shorts, photo-essays and other innovative works. The thing is, they have to be about or inspired by rediscovered objects and/or images of material culture.
Lynn Coady has been named the 2013 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection Hellgoing, published by House of Anansi Press.
There’s no denying that the state of the world is reflected in our favorite books of 2013. Among our top 10 are narratives that range from the war on terror to a middle Eastern country in the iron grip of a dictator to hard times much closer to home. In others, history — factual, or not — informs the present. Truth is sought, in a searing true crime story and a controversial investigation, and in two very different but equally mesmerizing debuts, our world is explored in strange, unexpected ways. It’s a cliche to say that no matter what you like to read, we have a book for you. But this year it’s undoubtedly true. We hope you enjoy them — we sure did.
It’s only the first of November, but Publishers Weekly, which has the advantage of advance copies of upcoming releases, has issued its Best Books of 2013 list.
Read their Top 10 list as well as lists for categories, including mystery/thriller, poetry, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horrow, comics, nonfiction, children’s fiction, religion, and lifestyle.