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“We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.” ― B.F. Skinner By now, I’m sure we’ve all encountered some of the hullabaloo that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Happy twelve-year work anniversary to Michael Dahl — joke-teller, pun-maker, scary-story aficionado, poetry-reader, and editorial director extraordinaire! This week, we celebrated Michael’s twelfth year with Capstone by gathering up all the fiction editors and designers, sitting down for a pretend-important meeting, and then celebrating Michael by talking about what a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Capstone Connect
The other day, I was taking a mid-morning walk with a few coworkers and the subject of punctuation and meaning came up. Specifically, when someone ends an email: “Thanks.” Sure, “thanks” is a nice word. It is intended to express gratitude, after all. But ending it with a period, I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Capstone Connect
When I did the ten books challenge that has been making its way around social media of late, the first ten books I thought of that had made a profound impact on me were all children’s or young adult books. I was an English Literature major in college, and having... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Capstone Connect
We all know that language evolves to accommodate changes in society. The most obvious example of this is the rise of regular Internet use and the changes it has brought to the way we communicate (i.e.: Google, text, chat, e-mail, webpage, browse, web, homepage, bookmark, profile, Bluetooth, blog, tweet, post,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Capstone Connect
On Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released a report — “Younger Americans and Public Libraries.” There are many great things about this report. For one, it proves that younger American adults are still reading, despite the endless tweets coming in on their smartphones. It affirms that younger American adults are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Capstone Connect
In the past few years, countless Little Free Libraries have been sprouting up around the Twin Cities. I’ve noticed more and more of them in my neighborhood, where I can’t seem to walk, run, or bike anywhere without stopping to browse through at least three of them. They sit proudly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Capstone Connect
If you’ve ever attended a fiction editorial team meeting, you know, like it or not, that there is never a shortage of puns to go around. And my coworkers' pun-filled discussions must be rubbing off on me, because even I, the least clever person when it comes to plays on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Capstone at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014! Last week, I along with managing editor Donnie Lemke, senior designer Brann Garvey, and managing editor Chris Harbo, attended San Diego Comic Con International (SDCC, for short), the mother of all comic book (and sci-fi . . . and film . . .... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Happy August, readers! Today I will share a day in the life of a Capstone fiction editor. Honestly, every day looks different, so even I have only a smidgen of an idea of what to expect. Another thing to keep in mind — if Donnie, Christianne, Julie, Sean, Ali, Abby,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Capstone Connect
It's no secret that the Capstone book bags are a hot commodity at any trade show or event — I've heard enough stories of booths being rushed at opening and experienced it for myself several times, so I feel pretty comfortable vouching for the validity of that statement. So when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Some of my favorite things to read back in my college English literature classes were letters shared between famous authors, so it’s no surprise that this article piqued my interest. Reading fosters strong relationships. I believe that wholeheartedly. My dad read to me before bed every night when I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Every season when ISO's arrive in the office, it's like Christmas. All the hours of editing, designing, proofreading, and routing finally pay off, and we're treated to phsyical proof of all our hard work, bound up and ready to be enjoyed. Unfortunately for me, Christmas doesn't come to the Chicago... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Capstone Connect
You know what I’m talking about. Every book-lover does. Books have certain smells. They conjure up memories of favorite sentences, characters who have become friends, scenes and words that are imprinted in our minds. Our favorite places to read. Memories of the people who’ve read to us and with us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Sometimes my reading can become too genre-loyal. I start reading news articles, and soon I’m one of those people who starts every other sentence with, “I read this article about . . .” I read one fantastic poem, and suddenly I’ve abandoned the pile of to-be-read novels I have sitting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Capstone Connect
It may seem strange to you that I’m about to bid a fond farewell to the fall 2014 season when it’s currently May of the same year, but that’s what all the book-making people are doing here at Capstone. I think I speak for the group of us when I... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Do you ever wonder, like I do, about how different genres of books came to be? Turns out, You Choose (otherwise known as “Choose Your Own Adventure”) stories have their own unique history. Check out this article for a brief explanation of who came up with the idea and where... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Capstone Connect
There's no better way to ring in the month of May (other than with an extended celebration of Cinco de Mayo) than with Free Comic Book Day! It's the delightful day (happening every year on the first Saturday in May) when participating comic book shops around the world give away... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Okay, so this may be nitpicky, but I’ll be honest. I was a little bothered when I saw this article from BuzzFeed, “52 Lies Children’s Books Told You Growing Up.” Lies?! I imagine my face as that of a cartoon character, gradually growing redder and redder until steam flows freely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Last week, Editorial Director and author Michael Dahl was in Alabama doing school visits with some of his biggest fans, and he came home with quite a treat from a girl named Abby. Abby is a big fan of Michael’s Library of Doom series, and they inspired her to draw... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Capstone Connect
TGIF, everyone! If you ask me, Friday is the perfect day to stay home and watch movies on the couch (especially given the thunderstorms in Chicago and snowstorms in Minnesota), but unfortunately for me, and likely the majority of our blog readers, work beckons. But there is some good news... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Capstone Connect
In honor of the upcoming National Poetry Month (April) 2014, I’d like to share a couple of my favorite springtime poems. After dark vapors have oppress'd our plains by John Keats After dark vapors have oppress'd our plains For a long dreary season, comes a day Born of the gentle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Capstone Connect
To say the issue of gender and book publishing is a hotly debated issue might be a slight understatement — especially lately. Our editorial assistant Eliza wrote a wonderful blog post on this issue last week, and since then, emails have been flying fast and furious in our office. Our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Capstone Connect
Have you heard of the “Let Toys Be Toys” movement? A Twitter hash tag (#LetBooksBeBooks), a petition, and various articles and blog posts from across the Internet are calling on children’s book publishers to stop labeling books as “boy books” and “girl books.” I touched on this matter in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Capstone Connect
As an editor, I know I'm supposed to love all my books equally (much like parents and their children), but I'll confess, sometimes it's hard not to play favorites. Whether it's a series you've been invovled with from the start or an author you click with, I think (or at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Capstone Connect