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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2011
Think of it as a grungy schoolyard version of poetic justice. Last year, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," an irreverent, big-hearted middle-school comedy, whipped the blotchy, highly touted comic-book film "Kick-Ass" at the box office. (Both films shared a precocious female lead, Chloe Moretz.) This weekend, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules" opens the same day as "Sucker Punch," another gaudy action fantasy. Maryland-born and -bred Jeff Kinney, who created the original "Wimpy Kid" graphic-novel series, isn't worried.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 22, 2012
Publisher Abrams has announced that the latest edition in the fabulously popular Wimpy Kid franchise will be published Nov. 13. "Love is in the Air," is number seven in the series that features the travails of middle-schooler Greg Heffley. They're written by Jeff Kinney, who got his start in cartooning at the University of Maryland with a strip called "Igdoof. " Kinney made the announcement Wednesday at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. According to Publishers Weekly, he said the new book will focus on a school dance, and a love interest for Greg or Rowley, another character.  "I've only written about a third of it," he said, according to PW. "And I haven't drawn a single picture yet. But it's all in my head and on my phone.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,Sun reporter | March 2, 2008
Hey, have you heard about this seventh-grade kid who keeps a diary? Actually, he's not a real kid, because, like, what real seventh-grader would wanna write every day? Well, unless you're text messaging, but that's not like writing. Text messaging is cool. Anyway, the kid is a boy named Greg Heffley. He's not that cool. In fact, he's kinda wimpy. He's got a big head and a stick for a body; he looks like a Blow Pop. Plus, he wears a stupid backpack the size of a microwave. He's got a mom who's a total wimp.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2011
Think of it as a grungy schoolyard version of poetic justice. Last year, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," an irreverent, big-hearted middle-school comedy, whipped the blotchy, highly touted comic-book film "Kick-Ass" at the box office. (Both films shared a precocious female lead, Chloe Moretz.) This weekend, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules" opens the same day as "Sucker Punch," another gaudy action fantasy. Maryland-born and -bred Jeff Kinney, who created the original "Wimpy Kid" graphic-novel series, isn't worried.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 22, 2012
Publisher Abrams has announced that the latest edition in the fabulously popular Wimpy Kid franchise will be published Nov. 13. "Love is in the Air," is number seven in the series that features the travails of middle-schooler Greg Heffley. They're written by Jeff Kinney, who got his start in cartooning at the University of Maryland with a strip called "Igdoof. " Kinney made the announcement Wednesday at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. According to Publishers Weekly, he said the new book will focus on a school dance, and a love interest for Greg or Rowley, another character.  "I've only written about a third of it," he said, according to PW. "And I haven't drawn a single picture yet. But it's all in my head and on my phone.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Sun Movie Critic | March 18, 2010
Jeff Kinney, author of that best-selling "novel in cartoons," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," is the rare writer and cartoonist who considers the movie version of his book superior to the source, at least in one crucial way. "What I'm happy about it is the emotional content, which I think is absent from my book," he says. "This movie has got a lot of heart." Disarming is the word for the Maryland born-and-bred Kinney. "I'm good to go, as long as you don't mind the sound of me noshing on a Klondike bar," he starts off a phone interview, fresh from a screening for family and friends in Ashburn, Va. And disarming is the word for Kinney's work, too. His "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" became a publishing phenomenon and a continuing series because of its direct access to the middle-school mind.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com | March 21, 2010
Jeff Kinney, author of that best-selling "novel in cartoons," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," is the rare writer and cartoonist who considers the movie version of his book superior to the source, at least in one crucial way: "What I'm happy about it is the emotional content, which I think is absent from my book," he says. "This movie has got a lot of heart." Disarming is the word for Kinney, 39, who was born and bred in Maryland. "I'm good to go, as long as you don't mind the sound of me noshing on a Klondike bar," he starts off a phone interview, fresh from a screening for family and friends in Ashburn, Va. And disarming is the word for Kinney's work, too. His "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" became a publishing phenomenon and a continuing series because of its direct access to the middle-school mind.
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By Dave Rosenthal | September 5, 2012
September's a big month for bibliophiles, as Baltimore and Washington stage their book festivals. And this year, for the first time in recent years, the festivals don't fall on the same weekend, allowing readers to catch both packed slates of authors and events. The National Book Festival, held on the Mall, kicks off first, on Sept. 22-23. The event always has a star-studded lineup, and this year it includes Thomas Friedman, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Robert A. Caro, Sandra Cisneros, Patricia Cornwell, Junot Diaz, Charlaine Harris, Walter Isaacson, Jeff Kinney, Marilynne Robinson, and Mario Llosa Varga.
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By Dave Rosenthal | August 13, 2012
Though E.L. James has received recent headlines for the phenomenal sales of "Fifty Shades of Grey," stalwart James Patterson remains the highest-earning author, according to Forbes. The magazine estimates that Patterson made $94 million last year, with nearly all of that revenue coming from book sales and relatively little from TV and film royalties. Patterson published 14 new titles in 2011, Forbes said. Patterson manintains his prodigious output because he works as a writer/editor, often teaming with others who bang out thrillers under his direction.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 4, 2013
Book lovers in the Baltimore-Washington area should circle September on their calendars, to save dates for a pair of big festivals. The Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held Sept. 21 and 22 on the mall in Washington. The event always attracts an all-star lineup of authors, poets and illustrators. In 2012, featured authors included T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Junot Diaz, Patricia Cornwell and Jeff Kinney. The Baltimore Book Festival will follow a week later in the city's Mt. Vernon neighborhood.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com | March 21, 2010
Jeff Kinney, author of that best-selling "novel in cartoons," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," is the rare writer and cartoonist who considers the movie version of his book superior to the source, at least in one crucial way: "What I'm happy about it is the emotional content, which I think is absent from my book," he says. "This movie has got a lot of heart." Disarming is the word for Kinney, 39, who was born and bred in Maryland. "I'm good to go, as long as you don't mind the sound of me noshing on a Klondike bar," he starts off a phone interview, fresh from a screening for family and friends in Ashburn, Va. And disarming is the word for Kinney's work, too. His "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" became a publishing phenomenon and a continuing series because of its direct access to the middle-school mind.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Sun Movie Critic | March 18, 2010
Jeff Kinney, author of that best-selling "novel in cartoons," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," is the rare writer and cartoonist who considers the movie version of his book superior to the source, at least in one crucial way. "What I'm happy about it is the emotional content, which I think is absent from my book," he says. "This movie has got a lot of heart." Disarming is the word for the Maryland born-and-bred Kinney. "I'm good to go, as long as you don't mind the sound of me noshing on a Klondike bar," he starts off a phone interview, fresh from a screening for family and friends in Ashburn, Va. And disarming is the word for Kinney's work, too. His "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" became a publishing phenomenon and a continuing series because of its direct access to the middle-school mind.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,Sun reporter | March 2, 2008
Hey, have you heard about this seventh-grade kid who keeps a diary? Actually, he's not a real kid, because, like, what real seventh-grader would wanna write every day? Well, unless you're text messaging, but that's not like writing. Text messaging is cool. Anyway, the kid is a boy named Greg Heffley. He's not that cool. In fact, he's kinda wimpy. He's got a big head and a stick for a body; he looks like a Blow Pop. Plus, he wears a stupid backpack the size of a microwave. He's got a mom who's a total wimp.
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April 9, 2013
The Library of Congress released today the list of speakers for the fall National Book Festival, and, as usual, the event is studded with prominent writers and poets. Among the headliners: Margaret Atwood, Baltimore's own Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Joyce Carol Oates, and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. All together, there will be more than 100 speakers and there isn't much drop-off through the lineup. Take a quick glance at the list, and you'll see names including T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Junot Díaz, Charlaine Harris, Jeff Kinney (Go Terps!
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By Dave Rosenthal | October 15, 2012
It's been a long time comin', but the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by University of Maryland alum Jeff Kinney are finally being released as ebooks. The first six books in the wildy popular series about meek middle schooler Greg Heffley will be available to download Oct. 30. The latest, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel," will be released as an ebook and hardcover on Nov. 13. All of the ebooks will be branded as Wimp-E-Books. It's suprising that it took so long, because Kinney -- a 1993 grad of UMd's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice -- is no stodgy, digital novice.
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