Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Taking Care of Business

A few housekeeping things:

  • I should have said earlier -- it was great to meet many of you readers at the Rutgers conference this past weekend! I hope you all had a good time and got home safely.
  • I just updated my website with a full FAQ archive, a brief biography plus trivia, and my 2007 conference appearances. I am working on posting my Michigan talk, but the effort is complicated by the fact I have to upload a two-megabyte PDF document to go with it, and my Verizon webspace doesn't seem to be able to accommodate that. . . . If anyone can recommend a webserver that could host the doc, it would be much appreciated.
  • A reminder that the Children's Books and Religion group will be meeting this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Park Slope United Methodist Church to discuss Skellig by David Almond. Everyone is welcome; e-mail me for directions or more information.
  • Also, we had such a grand time at the first Children's Books Bloggers' Drinks Night that the second will be held Monday, November 6, again at Sweet & Vicious in Soho, again beginning at 6 p.m. And CONTEST! I will buy a drink for the person who comes up with the best alternate name for said drinks night; the name must contain fewer syllables (and especially fewer plurals). I nominate "Happy Bunny Hour," but I'm sure you all can do better. Take it away!
  • Now reading: Skellig; The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis; The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen; Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. (Man, I could use a good romantic comedy about now. . . .)
  • And finally, a delicious and easy autumn dessert: Pumpkin Pie Crumble Cake.


  1. Cheryl! You are more than welcome to put your PDF file for download on my website. I have over 2 gig a day in bandwidth there is plenty of room. Just send me the file and I'll email back the link.

    Or you might look into

    They have lots of inexpensive hosting packages and a good reputation.

    I am sitting on my hands waiting to hear about "Skellig" Can't wait!

    Best thoughts,


  2. I teach Skellig and each time am amazed at what my students (teachers and librarians all) see, or do not see, in it.


  3. How about this for drink night, "Saturate All Squids?"

  4. In the spirit of a seemingly infinite number of establishments I remember from visiting my grandmother many years ago, might I suggest...

    Blog 'n' Grog

  5. You could go with the CYBILs theme and call the drink night ...


    or better yet...


  6. Whine and Cheese?

  7. With a nod to the bunny theme, how about Hoppy Hour?

  8. The more-fun novel you want to be reading is PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD by Ellen Kushner.

  9. Just wanted to let you know, we had that pumpkin pie crumble cake for a Halloween (how mean am I emailing my mother things to bake for me) and it was absolutely delicious. My dad, the traditionalist, now wants that for Thanksgiving and Christmas instead of pumpkin pie. Go figure. Thanks you so much for the recipe, it's definitely a family favorite!