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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
The witch had been weeping in the boxwoods for more than half a century before Laura Amy Schlitz picked up her pen and set her free. The 57-year-old Schlitz is the librarian at Park School and a Newbery Medal-winning author whose newest novel, "Splendors and Glooms," will be published Tuesday by Candlewick Press. But in 1959, she was a small child in the throes of a nightmare. "This book is a deeply personal story, and it goes back a very long way," she says. "When I was 4 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night and told my parents there was a witch crying outside in the boxwood bushes.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 28, 2013
Congratulations to Laura Amy Schlitz for another Newbery honor. The 2008 Newbery Medal winner's latest book, "Splendors and Glooms," was named one of three Newbery Honor Books by the American Library Association. The winner of the 2013 medal was "The One and Only Ivan," by Katherine Applegate In an interview last year, Schlitz, the librarian for the Park School, told the Baltimore Sun about the origins of the idea for "Splendors and Glooms," a tale about a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,[sun reporter] | September 24, 2006
In the chronicles of Baltimore can be found a wise woman who has studied all the best masters in history and archaeology and the arts, and whose cleverness at telling stories is unparalleled throughout the realm. Her name is Laura Amy Schlitz and not, as some have suspected, Scheherazade. For Scheherazade merely told the king of Persia about Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sinbad the Sailor over 1,001 Arabian nights. But Laura Amy Schlitz has told stories to pupils at the Park School in Brooklandville for more than 2,002 Maryland days.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Park School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz on Monday joined a select group of authors to be twice honored with one of the nation's top prizes for children's literature. Her 2012 Victorian gothic, "Splendors and Glooms," was named one of three Newbery Honor Books by the American Library Association during a morning news conference in Seattle. An honor book essentially is a runner-up; the winner of the 2013 award was Katherine Applegate's "The One and Only Ivan," about an easygoing gorilla who rescues a baby elephant from a rundown mall and a life of neglect.
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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 | January 28, 2013
Congratulations to Laura Amy Schlitz for another Newbery honor. The 2008 Newbery Medal winner's latest book, "Splendors and Glooms," was named one of three Newbery Honor Books by the American Library Association. The winner of the 2013 medal was "The One and Only Ivan," by Katherine Applegate In an interview last year, Schlitz, the librarian for the Park School, told the Baltimore Sun about the origins of the idea for "Splendors and Glooms," a tale about a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch.
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By Dave Rosenthal | August 28, 2012
Editing duties in back-to-back tragedies -- a deadly train derailment and a school shooting -- have kept me from regular postings, but I did want to note a promising new book by local author Laura Amy Schlitz. Today, Candlewick Press releases "Splendors and Glooms," the latest novel from the Newbery Medal-winning author who also works as the librarian at Park School in Baltimore County. The Baltimore Sun's Mary McCauley highlighted the new work in a recent article. Here's an excerpt: "Splendors and Glooms" is a dark fairy tale set in Victorian England that Schlitz describes as an homage to her favorite author, Charles Dickens . It tells a story of a sad little rich girl with the evocative name of Clara Wintermute who is befriended by two orphans: scrappy, nine-fingered Parsefall and the lion-hearted Lizzie Rose.
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By Mary Carole McCauley | mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | February 21, 2010
Every night when she goes to bed, Laura Amy Schlitz prepares to take flight. She lies on her back, left leg doubled beneath her, and her arms thrust outward in the shape of a V. Her position is testament to the power of an intense desire to trump physical comfort. "I was fascinated by fairies when I was growing up, and I wanted to see one dreadfully," says Schlitz, the longtime Park School librarian, children's author and winner of the 2008 Newbery Award. "So I waited and waited for Peter's shadow to appear on my bedroom curtains.
NEWS
November 24, 2012
Across the nation, consumers snapped up TVs, toys and other mass-produced goodies last week, as the holiday shopping season expanded into "Black Thursday" (aka Thanksgiving). But closer to home, authors, artists and musicians have been toiling over works that, given as gifts, are more apt to say, "Baltimore pride" than "Doorbuster special!" In the spirit of local enterprise, we've rounded up locally themed gift ideas that sample the offerings this year from Baltimore's arts and culture scene.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Park School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz on Monday joined a select group of authors to be twice honored with one of the nation's top prizes for children's literature. Her 2012 Victorian gothic, "Splendors and Glooms," was named one of three Newbery Honor Books by the American Library Association during a morning news conference in Seattle. An honor book essentially is a runner-up; the winner of the 2013 award was Katherine Applegate's "The One and Only Ivan," about an easygoing gorilla who rescues a baby elephant from a rundown mall and a life of neglect.
NEWS
November 24, 2012
Across the nation, consumers snapped up TVs, toys and other mass-produced goodies last week, as the holiday shopping season expanded into "Black Thursday" (aka Thanksgiving). But closer to home, authors, artists and musicians have been toiling over works that, given as gifts, are more apt to say, "Baltimore pride" than "Doorbuster special!" In the spirit of local enterprise, we've rounded up locally themed gift ideas that sample the offerings this year from Baltimore's arts and culture scene.
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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 28, 2012
Editing duties in back-to-back tragedies -- a deadly train derailment and a school shooting -- have kept me from regular postings, but I did want to note a promising new book by local author Laura Amy Schlitz. Today, Candlewick Press releases "Splendors and Glooms," the latest novel from the Newbery Medal-winning author who also works as the librarian at Park School in Baltimore County. The Baltimore Sun's Mary McCauley highlighted the new work in a recent article. Here's an excerpt: "Splendors and Glooms" is a dark fairy tale set in Victorian England that Schlitz describes as an homage to her favorite author, Charles Dickens . It tells a story of a sad little rich girl with the evocative name of Clara Wintermute who is befriended by two orphans: scrappy, nine-fingered Parsefall and the lion-hearted Lizzie Rose.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
The witch had been weeping in the boxwoods for more than half a century before Laura Amy Schlitz picked up her pen and set her free. The 57-year-old Schlitz is the librarian at Park School and a Newbery Medal-winning author whose newest novel, "Splendors and Glooms," will be published Tuesday by Candlewick Press. But in 1959, she was a small child in the throes of a nightmare. "This book is a deeply personal story, and it goes back a very long way," she says. "When I was 4 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night and told my parents there was a witch crying outside in the boxwood bushes.
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By Mary Carole McCauley | mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | February 21, 2010
Every night when she goes to bed, Laura Amy Schlitz prepares to take flight. She lies on her back, left leg doubled beneath her, and her arms thrust outward in the shape of a V. Her position is testament to the power of an intense desire to trump physical comfort. "I was fascinated by fairies when I was growing up, and I wanted to see one dreadfully," says Schlitz, the longtime Park School librarian, children's author and winner of the 2008 Newbery Award. "So I waited and waited for Peter's shadow to appear on my bedroom curtains.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,[sun reporter] | September 24, 2006
In the chronicles of Baltimore can be found a wise woman who has studied all the best masters in history and archaeology and the arts, and whose cleverness at telling stories is unparalleled throughout the realm. Her name is Laura Amy Schlitz and not, as some have suspected, Scheherazade. For Scheherazade merely told the king of Persia about Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sinbad the Sailor over 1,001 Arabian nights. But Laura Amy Schlitz has told stories to pupils at the Park School in Brooklandville for more than 2,002 Maryland days.
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November 5, 2006
What A benefit for Literacy Works Inc. When 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Sunday Where Greetings and Readings bookstore in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118-AA Shawan Road, Cockeysville Authors 50 writers, including romance novelist Mary Jo Putney, gift-maker and businesswoman Sandra Magsamen, children's author Laura Amy Schlitz, biographer Molly Bruce Jacobs and war novelist Dan Fesperman Food Items from area chefs and restaurants, including beef medallions...
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September 26, 2002
Pumpkin Theatre begins its 35th season with a production of Beauty and the Beast Sunday at Hannah More Arts Center in Stevenson. He's a beast, she's a beauty, and he teaches her to look into her heart to find what real beauty is all about. The classic fairy tale has been adapted by Baltimore playwright Laura Amy Schlitz from the original French version. Beth Weber stars as Beauty and Richard Lloyd stars as the Beast. Linda Chambers directs the production. "Beauty and the Beast" runs at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School for Girls, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson.
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