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2010 ALA Youth Media Awards
2010.01.18
American Library Association announces literary award winners
BOSTON - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, audiobooks and video for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Boston.


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Follow the ALA Youth Media Awards live on Jan. 18, 2010
2010.01.15
CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live webcast of its Youth Media Awards, a national announcement of the top books and media for children and young adults, on Jan. 18, at 7:45 a.m. EST. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will bring together librarians, publishers, authors and guests to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from Jan. 15 to 19.

NEWS
Xerox Technology to Fuel Espresso Book Machine
2010.01.14
Click to enlarge ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 14, 2010 -- Xerox Corporation's (NYSE: XRX) digital technology will bring speed and exceptional image quality to books produced on demand by the patented Espresso Book Machine®. This cutting-edge book solution, sold by On Demand Books, LLC, produces millions of copyrighted, public domain, out-of-print, or rare texts for consumers in a matter of minutes.

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The Espresso Book Machine: An ATM for books
Updated 2010.01.15. Article originally posted in 2006
Illustration of ATM Book Machine by Aaron GoodmanWe originally heard about the Espresso Book Machine from a CNN article published in 2006 that looked at innovations coming our way in 2007. Since we first posted this news item to the CCF website in 2006, the machine has gotten smaller and faster. Now, a January 14, 2010 press release by the Xerox Corporation announced that Xerox' technology is to fuel the Espresso Book Machine. The 2006 CNNMoney.com article stated that, "Buying a book could soon be as easy as buying a pack of gum. After several years in development, the Espresso - a $50,000 vending machine with a conceivably infinite library - is nearly consumer-ready and will debut in ten to 25 libraries and bookstores in 2007. The New York Public Library was scheduled to receive its machine in February." With Xerox's addition to the mix, an ATM for books is fast becoming a realigy.

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Carmen Tafolla Wins 2010 Charlotte Zolotow Award
2010.01.11
Madison, WI  -- What Can You Do with a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla is the thirteenth annual winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contests
When Push Comes to Shove
Contest #200908
I dug my toes into the soft white sand and refused to move. My knees trembled and knocked, locking in fear and isolation as I stared out at the rushing waves. They were cackling and taunting as their fingers groped at the sand, wishing desperately that they could inch forward and reach me, consume me.

Contests
2009 Winning Contest Entries
Current & Past Contest Winners
We've listed the 2009 winning contest entries. Check out the RULES and submit your entry using the current entry form.

Reviews
Dreamdark's Silksinger: an excellent read
2009.12.03
We received a review copy of Laini Taylor's Silksinger earlier this year from its publisher, along with the first book in the series, Blackbringer. The paperback edition of Blackbringer came out in May of 2009. The hardcover edition of Silksinger came out in September. Both titles are part of the Faeries of Dreamdark books that Taylor is writing.

WRITING
6 Steps to Writing Flash Fiction
*Previously published in ByLine, May, 2005, No. 288, reprinted by permission of the author.

 


"Whether they’re called blasters, postcard fiction, micro-fiction, sudden fiction, short shorts or flash fiction, the essence of the genre is the same. The writer quickly gets into the story, establishes setting and character, sets up the conflict, fills-in critical back-story, then heads faster than a speeding bullet toward the climax and resolution." --Paul Alan Fahey


Contests
PPW Fiction Contest: VIP Judges - complete list
11.03.09
Are you entering the Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Contest this year? Check out the list of VIP judges that Dawn Miller just posted to the PPW's listserv (and I'm copying below with her permission). That list is totally impressive! So, if you were thinking of submitting an entry and have yet to do so, you've got until November 15th to submit your entry.

NEWS
New Federal Trade Commission Regulations Discussion
10.17.09
Mary Engle, Associate Director of the Division of Advertising Practices at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, spoke at the 2009 KidLitosphere Conference. Her talk centered on the FTC's newly revised guidelines regarding bloggers and their use of online endorsements and testimonials.

Contests
My Two Worlds
Contest #200911
At last I was in Egypt, accompanied by my friend Tierra. The weather was fine. We were in Alexandria, on an educational tour of the Bibliotheque of Alexandria, the world's biggest library.

Contests
Mysteries
Contest #200911
At last I was in Egypt. I paced through the scorching land of sand. I went through sandstorms and dusty gales as my mind was captivated by its beauty. The story began a year prior to the visit when I, an archeologist, accidentally found some mysterious letter-like scriptures written in Hieroglyph in an Ancient Egyptians artifact. It took me a year to decipher the three page letter. The letter finally brought me to Egypt.

Contests
In the Eyes of Cleopatra
Contest #200911
I could suddenly see again. My vision was hazy, but I could make out a familiar looking woman. She was carrying a venomous, spitting asp on her hand. I looked around me. I was inside a structure with chalky bricks lining the walls and all kinds of treasure around me. The woman let the asp loose, and I watched helplessly as it latched onto my neck.


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