Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman

Newbery award-winning children’s book author

Karen Cushman

Pity the Spider and the Novelist

I have almost finished the final final final revisions for Alchemy and Meggy Swann. The book is scheduled for publication next spring, 2010, so I’d better get it finished and off. I have been having a good time. Revisions are much easier for me than getting down that first draft. I think it’s because I feel in control. When I’m

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Double Vision

Thirty six years go today I witnessed a miracle. Philip and I watched our daughter, Leah Corinna Katie Shoshana Starshine Cushman (really!),  being born. We are here in Portland today celebrating her birthday. She is a lovely, sweet, intelligent woman and we are so lucky to have her in our lives. But I find when I look at her, it’s like wearing

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The Most Huggable, Lovable Dog

I just spent a few days with a dog that has a very important job.   Siena, a Golden Retriever, is the most huggable, lovable dog I ever met. She’s also a therapy dog for a group in Tucson, Arizona, called Gabriel’s Angels. She visits children who are neglected, abused, or at risk. They sing and read to her. They brush her and take her for

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Tucson Festival of Books

If you live in or near Tucson, Arizona, come see me this weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books. Over 300 authors and illustrators will be talking, reading, and signing. After my work is done, I plan to hear Richard Peck and Gail Carson Levine as my reward. And I will be on stage with Jim Deem, who won a

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Rejection and Persistance

Yesterday I celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a group of first, second, and third graders at Chautauqua Elementary School here on Vashon Island. I had never spoken to such young people before and I was surprised at what good readers and writers they were. Aziza, Lily, and Madeleine read me from their historical novel set in World War 1 starring

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The Manuscript Returns…

I just got the edited manuscript for Alchemy and Meggy Swann back from my editor after a three month wait. This photo shows my response upon first seeing all those green marks on my precious pages. What I have to do now is put the manuscript aside, breathe deeply, talk a walk, and then come back and read it over

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My Valentine

Inspired by the example of my friend Kirby Larson who posted her prom picture on her blog, and being that it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a photo of me and the love of my life. It’s not a prom picture—I wasn’t lucky enough to know Phil that long ago—but was taken a couple of days after our wedding

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Kids Love Authors Day

On February 14, Valentine’s Day, from New England to the Pacific Northwest, children’s authors, illustrators, and the young readers who love them are coming together. It’s Kids Love Authors Day, and to show how we love them back, we’ll be reading and talking and signing books. Wherever you live, check with your local independent bookstore to see if they have

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Where’s a Fifth Grader When You Need One?

My new computer—that’s what’s new. It’s a Mac laptop, like my old one, only newer and faster and prettier. The only problem is that I can’t figure it out. I can’t set margins or get rid of funky formatting or manage my bookmarks. I have this strange little box with blue arrows that appears on all my new documents and

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Chains and the Inauguration

Wow. I have just finished reading Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains, appropriately on the very day Barack Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States. Both the book and the occasion are moving and magnificent. I thought I knew a lot about the history of this country but the story Laurie tells was new to me. How we suffered to

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