I bet you thought I was going to mention that all this books are coming out today?

The Meltdown (Drama High Series) by L. Divine; Dafina, 25 January

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves; Simon Pulse; 25 Jan.   excerpt

Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Candlewick, 25 January

Or that this is is the last week to register to win a copy of Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger?

Or that the BrownBookshelf list is up for February?


I’m going to tell you that the Indiana Youth Literature Conference is this weekend and I can’t wait to meet Brian Pinkney, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Patricia McCormick.

And that registration closes for the McConnell Conference on 11 February. Matt de la Pena, Sharon Draper and Rafael Lopez will be presenting under the theme “Diverse Directions in Youth Literature

and the following from Purdue University proud home of the Boilermakers (and much of my hard earned money in the form of “tuition”)

The Purdue University Black Cultural Center in conjunction with the Native American Education and Cultural Center will be sponsoring an educational and cultural tour to Indianapolis on Saturday, March 5, 2011.  Participants will visit the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, attend the theatrical production of “Neat” by Charlene Woodard at the Indiana Repertory Theatre and enjoy a soul food dinner.  We are inviting alumni from the Indianapolis area to join the tour and meet informally with Purdue students.

The Eiteljorg Museum contains one of the best Native American and Western art collections in the world including traditional and contemporary work.  A special exhibition “Red/Black:  Related through History” will be on display.  The Red/Black exhibition explores the often overlooked but historic ties and interactions of African and Native Americans.  The theatrical production we will attend is NEAT by Charlayne Woodard.  The production is a one-woman show set in the Civil Rights era.

The total cost for the BCC Indianapolis tour is fifty dollars ($50.00) per person which will cover admission fees, and dinner.  We will arrive at the Eiteljorg Museum at approximately 12:30 and the production at the Indiana Repertory Theatre starts at 5:00pm.  Some alumni have expressed interest in just joining us for the evening activity at the theatre.  Registration form is attached.

For more information on the Red/Black exhibit, click here

That’s what I was going to tell you!! Have a terrific Tuesday!