Obama talks writing with teens

February 19, 2021 § Leave a comment

Who knows? Former President Barack Obama could be lurking in the waiting room of your next Zoom meeting.

Obama recently showed up for a virtual conversation with 26 students participating in The Telling Room’s Young Writers Leaders (YWL) program, a nine-month intensive after-school program for international, multicultural, and first-generation Maine high school students. The conversation comes not long after the former president’s unannounced appearances at a Chicago public school assembly and the book club meeting of a Washington, D.C., independent bookstore …

Seen & Heard: Obama Talks Writing With Young Immigrants Online (Kirkus Reviews)

Ryan Seacrest doesn’t really eat puppies, right?

January 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

"Elimination Night"If the anonymous author of “Elimination Night,” a fictional confection set behind the scenes of a singing-competition TV show very much — perhaps exactly — like “American Idol,” is difficult to identify, the same cannot be said of most of the satirical novel’s characters.

There’s “erect-nippled” British judge Nigel Crowther, avuncular session musician JD Coolz, workaholic “HostBot” Wayne Shoreline, glamorous Bibi Vasquez (her big hit: “Bibi From the Hood”), aging recovering-addict rock star Joey Lovecraft.

If these characters don’t sound familiar, you’re clearly not an “American Idol” watcher, and “Elimination Night” probably isn’t a book for you. If, however, you’re ticking off the names Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler in your head, you may find yourself tempted to troll this send-up for “Idol” secrets spilled by the author, purportedly a show insider …

‘Elimination Night’ — What would the ‘Idol’ judges say? (Los Angeles Times)

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