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Rick Riordan: Demigod Saving the World

One child at a time, or sometimes en masse, Rick Riordan uses his superstar power to transform kids into readers. In a previous article titled Rick Riordan is a Demigod! the author’s ability to shazaam! a boy like Matthew from being a reluctant reader to an avid one was written in stone as if by […]

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Meet Viðar

Meet our newest family member, Viðar, who is Dagbjört and Erlingur’s baby. He was born February 2. In line with Icelandic custom, his name was not used until he was christened this past Sunday, Easter. Isn’t he beautiful? The photo was taken by Eric, who is now a grandfather! Viðar and his parents live in […]

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Book Review: The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

Morris Award Finalist YALSA’s Morris Award honors the year’s best young adult novel by a debut author. The Morris Award winner for 2014 will be announced at the upcoming ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Harry, whose actual name is Harbinger Robert Francis Jones, didn’t see it coming. Not that he could have done anything […]

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The Book With No Pictures – but much hilarity

My son Carl gave me this remarkable book. Let me tell you about it. B.J. Novak had an insidious plan. Write a book that begins innocently enough, with a statement hinting at the unusual format for this picturebook…wait…if there are no pictures, is it still a picturebook? It’s shaped like one and has pages, text, […]

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A World of Books #3: Vom kleinen Maulwurf…

This charming book by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch, which I bought in Zurich, cleverly presents its theme on the cover as a title: “Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat”. Egils translates this as “From small Mole, who wanted to know who dropped this thing on his head.” […]

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Spotlight Award nomination

Last summer one of my sculpture installations: Potential 3×3, which consists of three eight foot tall steel, wind-kinetic elements, was installed at the new sculpture garden at Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine. Someone who saw that nominated it for a Spotlight Award for Installation Art, which I am honored by. There is a public voting […]

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