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Holy Cats! The Chicago 90-Second Newbery is SOLD OUT!

January 25, 2013

The Chicago screening of the Second Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is now SOLD OUT! My co-host Blue Balliett and I will do our best to make it worth the while of the 385 or so folks who have registered to come.

Remember, though, we have additional screenings in Tacoma, WA (February 23) and Portland, OR (February 24)!

To celebrate the full house, here’s a short video by Chicago librarian and past 90-Second Newbery participant Eti Berland, in which she sings her own version of “Call Me Maybe” over clips of great 90-Second Newbery videos we’ve received both this year and last year. Great thundering glory, this is awesome! Thanks, Eti, for this compilation of highlights, not to mention your expert Weird-Al-ification of Carly Rae Jepsen!

What else is going on? On Tuesday I visited LaSalle-Peru High School, right around the corner from Illinois’ best-kept-secret, the tremendous Hegeler Carus mansion (this crumbling, gorgeous, chaotic mansion is where we managed to put on the second Order of Odd-Fish fan art show). Anyway, I had a splendid time at LaSalle-Peru high school, certainly one of the most beautiful high school buildings I’ve ever seen, and the students and teachers made me feel right at home! You can read a write-up about my author visit in the LaSalle News Tribune.

Now, this weekend, I’ve been invited to attend ORD Camp here in Chicago. Not sure what to expect, but I’m very much looking forward to it . . .