Three Good Things: In Snow, In Song, In Darkness


1. When life gives you snowdrifts...

"While the many in the Northeast were sledding and digging out our cars, artist Sarah Cohen made the most out of the abundant snowfall in Boston this past weekend. She explained: 'My books are usually made from ice and melt, referring to the melting icecaps, global warming, and the loss of books through newer technologies like the e-reader. It's all related. And just like ice, the snow books will also disappear over time--representing that permanence is always fleeting and that books may also disappear from contemporary culture.'" Read more

2. A New Opera

"Adapted through the decades for stage, screen and TV, this tale is now an opera, opening March 1 in Berkeley. A co-presentation of San Francisco Opera (which commissioned it) and Cal Performances, it's 'a trip from darkness to light,' says composer Nolan Gasser, also known as architect of the Music Genome Project, the technology behind Pandora, the Internet radio service. 'And by the time you get to the end, we're swimming in a sea of consonance and melody.' The story is 'about as universal as it gets,' he adds. 'That's what has filled me and inspired me. And it's just proven to be such a fantastic source for an opera because, whether you're in China or San Francisco or on the Andromeda galaxy, any intelligent being would be inspired by the nature around them. Because we all come from it.'" Read more. (Big fan of musical adaptations? Here's...something.)

3. The Dark Horse Printz Winner

"For many recipients of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Medals, the phone calls from the award committees come while the first pot of coffee is brewing or the kids have just been sent off to school. Not so for this year’s Printz winner, Nick Lake, who lives near Oxford, England, where he’s publishing director at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Lake, who won the Printz on Monday for his novel In Darkness (Bloomsbury), had been working at home for hours when the phone rang: 'There was an American voice on the other end, and I thought, "That’s strange,"' he told PW by phone on Tuesday. When the Printz committee informed Lake that he had won, he said, 'My reaction was one of utter disbelief. I asked them if they were sure they didn’t want to give it to someone else, which evidently authors do not usually ask. It was pure shock and surprise in the middle of a working-from-home day.'” Read more. Read In Darkness


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