Once Upon a Time is an "apa,"* or "amateur
press association," sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society,
devoted to Children's Fantasy literature. The O.E. [Official Editor]
is Laura Krentz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Laura for more information or to request a sample mailing.
Unlike the other Mythopoeic Society apa (Butterbur's Woodshed, devoted to Adult Fantasy), OUaT does not have set topics for each issue. We simply raise a point for discussion and see who responds in the next issue(s). Recently, one of our members has announced that he's reading and planning to discuss Eleanor Cameron's The Seed and the Vision in a forthcoming 'zine, and one or two other members have indicated that they will join him in this discussion. But more usually, someone will reminisce about reading a book as a child, or tell of reading a book to a child recently, and other members will chime in with their comments over the next few issues. There is also a certain amount of personal chit-chat, as in a personal letter, and this in turn occasions some comment as members get to know one another. But that's characteristic of in-person discussion groups, too. Many of the members review the books that they have been reading, especially new books. This, too, inspires some discussion. In the past we've had good discussions of the works of Diana Wynne Jones, Carol Kendall, Jane Yolen, Margaret Mahy, L.M. Boston, the Oz books, the art of several illustrators, and many other topics in the area of Children's books and fantasy.
2 Harry Potter Panels in the Twin Cities, MN
a panel discussion of the Harry Potter books and related issues at the U of M, with the Children's Literature Research Collections, Panelists include author Peg Kerr (The Wild Swans), Prof. Lee Galda (University of Minnesota College of Education) and Brian Landon, English and Film Studies student. Co-sponsored with the Children's Literature Research Collections of the University Libraries.
April 7, 2001 at the Southdale Public Library
(7001 York Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435 952-847-5900),
a panel discussion featuring experts on and writers of children's fantasy.
Panelists were (pictured at the table in this order, left to right):
This program was co-sponsored by the Southdale
Public Library, the Rivendell Group of the Mythopoeic Society
and The Minnesota Science Fiction Society (Minn-Stf).
Catherine Fisher, CORBENIC (Greenwillow)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, SPIRITS THAT WALK IN SHADOW (Viking)
Diana Wynne Jones, THE PINHOE EGG (Greenwillow)
Martine Leavitt, KETURAH AND LORD DEATH (Front Street)
Terry Pratchett, WINTERSMITH (HarperTeen)
MFA Awards Administrator Ellie Farrell has announced the 2006 Award to Jonathan Stroud, for The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye and Ptolemy's Gate.
MFA Awards Administrator Ellie Farrell has announced the 2005 Award to Terry Pratchet, for A HAT FULL OF SKY
MFA Awards Administrator Ellie Farrell has announced the 2004 Award to Clare Dunkle, for THE HOLLOW KINGDOM (Holt)
MFA Awards Administrator Ellie Farrell has announced the 2004 finalists (books from 2003):
Here, in alphabetical order by author, are the final 2004 nominees for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature.
*Kate DiCamillo, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX (Candlewick Press)
*Clare Dunkle, THE HOLLOW KINGDOM (Holt)
*Cornelia Funke, INKHEART, translated from German by Anthea Bell (The Chicken House)
*Shannon Hale,THE GOOSE GIRL (Bloomsbury USA)
*Terry Pratchett, THE WEE FREE MEN (HarperCollins)
MFA Awards Administrator Ellie Farrell has announced the 2003 Award to Michael Chabon, for Summerland.
MFA Awards Administrator Ellie Farrell has announced the 2003 finalists (books from 2002):
*Holly Black, TITHE: A MODERN FAERIE TALE (Simon & Schuster)
*Michael Chabon, SUMMERLAND (Miramax)
*Nancy Farmer, HOUSE OF THE SCORPION (Atheneum)
*Neil Gaiman, CORALINE (HarperCollins)
*Vivian Vande Velde, HEIR APPARENT (Harcourt)
MFA Awards Administrator Ellie Farrell has announced the 2002 MFA:
To Peter Dickinson, THE ROPEMAKER (Delacorte
hc Nov 2001)
Diane Duane, THE WIZARD'S DILEMMA (Magic Carpet hc Jun 2001)
Eva Ibbotson, ISLAND OF THE AUNTS (Puffin pb Sep 2001)
Gail Carson Levine, THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE (HarperCollins hc Mar 2001)
The awards were presented at the banquet of Mythcon XXXIII in Boulder, Colorado, July 26-29.
Eleanor M. Farrell
Mythopoeic Awards Administrator
P.O. Box 320486
San Francisco, CA 94132-0486
MythSoc web site: http://www.mythsoc.org
The 2001 AWARDS--
August 2001: Winner: Dia Calhoun, Aria of the Sea
The 2000 AWARDS--
finalists for the 2000 award (for a book from 1999):
Here are some comments on the books nominated on the initial, long list, from Berni Phillips. More comments from others may be added in the near future.
The 1999 AWARDS--
1999 MFA finalists: The Heavenward Path, by Kara Dalkey; Dark Lord of Derkholm, by Diana Wynne Jones; Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine; The Squire's Tale, by Gerald Morris, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (___ and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.) by J.K. Rowling.
If you have any comments about any of these (or other books) I'm sure they'd be helpful to the committee which will be selecting the award winner. Send them along! Or how about joining the committee? If you're not a member of the Mythopoeic Society, why not join?
The 1998 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Books went to:
Other finalists were:
The Moor Child, by Eloise McGraw (suggested by Claudia
Mills after the Children's Fantasy panel at Mythcon 27-- July
97). Also recommended by OUaT member Ruth Berman at a recent
Rivendell Group discussion, and in the Star-Tribune, Newspaper
of the Twin Cities).
Hob and the Goblins, by William Mayne, recommended in the Star-Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities
*An apa is a sort of discussion group by mail, or correspondence circular, in which the members contribute in the form of little personal "zines," in which they present their comments and in particular, often comment on and respond directly to comments in other members' zines from the previous collation. These are separately produced, by each member, in a quantity equal to the membership (usually plus a few extras for sample copies) and mailed to the Official Editor, or O.E. The O.E. collates the various contributions together and mails out the resulting apa (also known as a "disty," probably from distribution) to the members. This explanation is probably influenced and shaped by my own experience in OUaT and Butterbur's Woodshed, the two MythSoc apas, so there may be a lot of variation out there in the hundreds or thousands of apas that exist.
NEW-4/6/99--More from COWS AND CATS AND SEALING WAX, inOnce Upon a Time, a children's fantasy apa, ed. by Laura Krentz. Laura discusses Dalkey's Little Sister and Heavenward Path.
From COWS AND CATS AND SEALING WAX, inOnce Upon a Time, a children's fantasy apa, ed. by Laura Krentz. Laura discusses Waugh's The Mennyms and Gray's Falcon's Egg.
From RR#1, inOnce
Upon a Time, a children's fantasy apa, ed. by Laura Krentz.
Grace Funk discusses Cooper's The Boggart, Gray's Falcon's
Egg, Jones's Crown of Dalemark, and Smith's Wren's
More from RR#1, inOnce Upon a Time, a children's fantasy apa, ed. by Laura Krentz. Grace Funk discusses more Mennyms books by Waugh, some critical studies by Smith and Egoff (ed.), and reviews an adult fantasy by Caroline Stevermer.
Some of the members of Once Upon a Time have homepages. Here's one for Laramie Sasseville: Dreamspell at http://www.dreamspell.net/LKS/frames.html
(The complete issue of) POOKA 34, by Ruth Berman, from OUaT #34.
Here's a page for Jane Yolen. And she has a new one at www.janeyolen.com, as well!
From Out of the Woods #14 by David Bratman, in Once Upon a Time # 16, June 1993
From Gardens of Green Knowe, by David Lenander, "Crosscurrents in the River at Green Knowe, by L.M. Boston," a paper presented at the Children's Literature Association Conference in 1989, franked through the apa.
We've had a historical interest in the Freddy the Pig books by Walter R. Brooks in OUaT. Here's a great web-site, with links to others: Freddy's Home Pen er Page http://www.outermost.com/freddy/index.html
There are also nice sites for Lloyd Alexander, Edward Eager,
Here is the site for a fine periodical devoted to Children's Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, edited by Louisa Smith and Jack Zipes: http://www.press.jhu.edu/press/journals/titles/uni.html
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