On behalf of the characters in Blue Thread, I have the honor of announcing that their story is a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Awards. The book is one of three that Literary Arts selected for the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature. Winners will be announced April 8, but all the finalists will have a chance to meet readers in the Literary Arts tour of Oregon. Will you and I meet? I hope so!
Here’s a shout out to the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Jewish Museum, Kimberly Jensen, Ooligan Press, and the Viva Scrivas, for their help with Blue Thread. Yup, gotta say thanks to husband, Michael, too. He’s lived with these characters almost as long as I have. […]
With thanks to education students at Portland State University, I can now offer you a teaching guide to Blue Thread. The guide is wide-ranging and thorough, with activities that include curriculum-framing questions, writing prompts, lesson plans, bio-poem worksheets, and brainstorming charts. I expect I’ll use some of these activities myself in school visits. Yo, dude, see for yourself. […]
Here’s how it worked. I delivered a manuscript to the folks at Ooligan Press. They delivered a book to you. One of the key people in that metamorphosis was Brandon Freels, the interior designer for Blue Thread.
Now that the book is published, I asked Brandon to talk about his experience. Listen up!
What was entailed in designing the interior of Blue Thread? What was the most difficult part? The most enjoyable?
Designing the interior really means making choices. Its about picking margins, fonts, sizes, and just about everything thats inside the book, and hoping they all gel. Books that have such a variety of formatting newspaper quotes, bible quotes, letters, signs can often provide a challenge for designers. That was really the most difficult part of working on Blue Thread, getting all the pieces to work together and still maintaining certain design standards, like avoiding widows and orphans. […]