‘Of course,’ said Remy, impressed by how much Janelle seemed to care. About the orangutans of Borneo, the world’s rainforests, the gamelan orchestras of Bali, teenagers with eating disorders and, naturally, her own family. He considered what he cared about. The last time he’d cried was after the defeat of Paris Saint-Germain to archrivals Montpellier in round 32 of the Ligue 1 football season. Janelle’s compassion is more than refreshing, he thought. It’s intoxicating.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.
HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.
Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.
Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside. Now fill the world with music, love, and pride.
He sequestered himself in a quiet corner of the Public [theatre], composing music, scribbling verses, occasionally wandering the halls. The staff got used to seeing him pacing in his slippers. One day he realized that his inability to grasp the enormity of Alexander and Eliza’s loss wasn’t a barrier to writing the song, it was the song.
“Once I got the line, ‘There are moments that the words don’t reach,’ I had the song,” he says. He wrote it in a day.
When Lin told the audience at the White House that Alexander Hamilton “embodies the word’s ability to make a difference,” he was thinking of all the good things that language can do.
Hamilton reminds us that the American Revolution was a writers’ revolution, that the founders created the nation one paragraph at a time. But words can also wreak havoc. They also tear down.
Friday, December 9, 2016
It’s that most wondrous time of the year again – Most Anticipated Books list time!
Here in Melbourne we just had the Centre for Youth Literature’s annual (and always sold-out) ‘YA Showcase’ – where publishers stand up in front of a crowd of hundreds and give us all a teaser of what we’ll be reading next year … you can check out the Storify of that event, or watch the Slideshow.
So below is my attempt to corral my already unwieldy wish-list of books coming out in 2017. But this list is nowhere near definitive or complete – there were some books at the YA Showcase that I am extraordinarily excited for, but they don’t appear down below because they don’t have book covers yet, or release dates or even 100% official blurbs…
Some of those elusive TBD books are;
- Untidy Towns – the YA debut from “talent-to-watch” Kate O’Donnell (coming out with UQP) I've known for a while now that Kate was a writer, as well as amazing bookseller and freelance editor ... she seriously, seriously knows her YA stuff - so I'm beyond excited to read her knowledge funnelled into this debut!
- Take Three Girls is the PanMacmillan YA collaboration between Aussie YA superstars Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, and Fiona Wood. The trio actually all read brief excerpts from each of their story-parts and it was INCREDIBLE. Some of us have known this book has been coming for a while now, and are salivating for this one --- but if you’d like even more of a teaser and understanding of just how well these three bounce off each other; listen to their appearance on the fabulous podcast Unladylike!
- Erin Gough (she of The Flywheel fame!) has her second book coming out in late 2017 with Hardie Grant. Amelia Westlake was described as being about a feminist rebellion against private school boys, when the two female instigators of the rebel alliance fall for each other ... YES!
- Separate to the YA Showcase - I am also ridiculously excited for Sally Thorne's second book ... I don't know if you realised, but I was pretty gosh darn obsessed with her romance debut The Hating Game this year (I've only re-read it X3 times since August!) - she has a book coming out Summer 2017 called The Comfort Zone ... and I'm willing to give up a kidney for an ARC of that one. Mmkay?!
Now - without further ado, - to the best of my ability for accuracy (and with profuse apologies for any titles I’ve completely overlooked!) - here is my Most Anticipated Books of 2017 list …
Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian
This is the2016 Text Prize winner, so of course it's on my list! But what's really sealed its placement on here is Claire herself, who I now follow on Instagram and she's such a lovely bubble of positivity who really gives a shit about teenagers (see this video!) I'm excited to see what she brings to Aussie YA.