Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Gods Preserve Ye, Marshall - And More!

Some Bellairsian inspired ephemera found around web:

Food For Thee, We thinks

Our story begins on a cold and blustery December evening, if legend is to be believed. Xavvi left his palacial manor, driving a sleek, jet-black 1938 Muggins Simoon roadster [Historian’s Note: Legend may have that car confused with a beat-up Honda Prelude]....
The Legend of the Temple of Casey Jones Grill. It’s a restaurant review, we think.  How come everyone seems to have a Muggins but us - ?

Never Mind The Death

Pop culture blog Egotastic has a few words on authors who have died and those authors who have picked up where the previous pen fell. John and Brad are mentioned, as are a number of other well-known names:
Gothic children’s author John Bellairs may have died in 1991, but somehow books featuring his famous characters Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon and Anthony Monday have continued to hit the shelves. For that you have Brad Strickland to thank, ghostwriting under Bellairs name for the last twenty years.

The Gods Preserve Ye Marshall!

Under the Radar Michigan visits Marshall and Colon for their magical properties.

Spreckels Librarian Shares Her Love Of Reading

An interview with Spreckels Elementary School librarian Libby Foucht who still believes that one of the best ways of turning non-readers into readers is to read aloud to them, according to this Jan. 3 story from the Of note:
Foucht has worked as a librarian for 30 years, and she has been at Spreckels for the past 18 years. One of the duties of being librarian, although most librarians would say it is one of the job’s perks, is reading as much new material as possible. Foucht has so many favorite authors that she keeps their titles on small cards fastened to a large ring holder. Some of the novels on the ring include The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken, Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett and a baseball story by John Bellairs called [The] Eyes of the Killer Robot.

 Ending On An Oddity

This is the first time we've ever seen this sort of thing:
looking for a girl to read me a story. the spell of the sorcerer’s skull maybe or some of the one thousand and one nights. serious inquiries only (Craigslist; November 26, 2012).

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