Jonathan Auxier Doesn’t Quite Trust Martin Scorsese or J.K. Rowling [Fierce Anticipation]...

Hey Nerdsters!  I have my very first children’s book coming out this week.  It’s called Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes, and it tells the story of a ten year old, blind orphan who also happens to be the greatest thief who ever lived. To celebrate, I’m running down a list of things connected to the world of children’s literature.  Enjoy! FIERCELY ANTICIPATING Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes Launch Party at Books of Wonder! I know that fiercely anticipating my own event is a little lame, but can you blame me for being just a teensy bit excited about my first ever book launch?  What if I told you it was at the coolest place ever? For many years now, my favorite literary landmark in New York has been Books of Wonder bookstore in Manhattan.  It is a children’s bookstore known the world over for the quality of its staff and collection.  They have a gallery of original art pieces from famous picture books, a massive collection of OZ works, and a carefully curated rare book collection.  Sounds awesome, right? So imagine my delight when my publishers told me that they were throwing me a book launch party at this venerable books store!  On August 11, I will be at Books of Wonder to celebrate the release of Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes.  There will be sparking wine, snacks, games, readings, signings, and giveaways.  Seriously, anybody in the area should come and join the fun … and you should bring lots of friends! KINDA WANNA … Get Nervous About the Invention of Hugo Cabret Trailer Anyone who follows kid’s books knows and loves Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  This novel was a fairly groundbreaking combination of prose and illustration that...

The Weekly Habit: Reading in Bed

So how did making your beds go? Though, I had read somewhere that a minority percentage of we Americans make our bed every morning, it seems that many of our readers already do. And their effusive praise for the making of one’s bed helped me stick to this habit for one full week, even though there were mornings that I woke up both rushed and exhausted. I never got to the optional mints portion of last week’s habit, but I did like coming home to a made bed. And funnily enough, it actually helped me get more work done, because I didn’t want to unmake the bed until I was ready to go to sleep. Hence, no more “I’ll just lie down for 5 minutes” — only to wake up hours later. Consider this habit KEPT. This week’s habit was inspired by Howard Leder’s “Belly of the Whale” blogumn from last week. Basically there are people that believe that our hours of internet surfing are actually changing the way we process information and making it more difficult for us to concentrate on reading. As a former at-least-two-book-a-weeker, this makes me sad for all of us. So this week’s modest proposal is that we all take 20 minutes out of our busy days and read a book. I know finding 20 minutes seems hard, but it is definitely doable. I waste at least 20 minutes a day, obsessively pouring over our FaN Google Analytics — a bad habit that I’ve forsworn in order to make time for this new habit. I’ve posted my top recommendations for good reads in Sidebar 2. Some other suggestions for other fierce and nerdy books: Garden Spells and Freakonomics. I realize that I’m low on suggestions in nonfiction and some...