PAUL V. ALLEN

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November 30, 2021

Check out my November 2021 Newsletter!



September 30, 2021
The September 2021 Newsletter has arrived, with links to my newest piece of writing and one of my oldest pieces of writing.



July 29, 2021

Here's my July 2021 Newsletter!



May 31, 2021

Check out my May 2021 Newsletter!



March 30, 2021

Here's my March 2021 Newsletter, featuring Dr. Seuss, 1990s superheroes, and the first original all digital Brain Cloud. 



January 30, 2021

Check out the January 2021 newsletter!



November 30, 2020

From now through December 15, you can preorder my next book, I Can Read It All By Myself: The Beginner Books Story, in either hardcover or paperback for only $20.21 at https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/I/I-Can-Read-It-All-by-Myself . That's an insanely good deal, especially on the hardcover. And take a look at the wonderful cover by designer Jennifer Mixon:














November 11, 2020

A Brain Cloud, a link to the introduction to my latest writing project, and a frustrating partial cover reveal await you in this edition of the newsletter: November 2020 Newsletter.



September 2, 2020
Here's the newest newsletter. News on all five of my projects, plus a comic that might elicit a bemused chuckle.  September 2020 Newsletter.



July 2, 2020

The latest newsletter has arrived; it includes updates on my upcoming projects and a list of books about the Black experience that have impacted me. July 2020 Newsletter.



May 2, 2020

My bimonthly newsletter is here! Lots of interesting tidbits in this shelter-in-place edition: May 2020 Newsletter.



March 1, 2020

For the latest on my goings-on, including news on my next project, check out my latest newsletter: March 2020 Newsletter


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January 6, 2020

I've signed a contract to publish my history of Beginner Books with the University Press of Mississippi! More about that and other news in my latest newsletter: January 2020 Newsletter 


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November 2, 2019

Here's my latest newsletter: November 2019 Newsletter


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October 26, 2019

The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene has won a Certificate of Merit in the 2019 ARSC Awards for Excellence!


The Association of Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization "dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech." Read more about the awards here: http://www.arsc-audio.org/awards/awards2019.html



August 23, 2019

I've started a newsletter. If you'd like to get bi-monthly updates on my projects (with an added bonus original comic in each newsletter), please send me a note in the contact form and I'll add you to the list!



March 4, 2019

I'm giving this year's Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture at Illinois State University in my hometown of Normal, IL! Here are the details:


"Eleanor Cameron: Wonderful Flights Through Space and Time"

Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 2109, 7pm

Where: Illinois State University, Stevenson Hall, 300 S. School St, room 101

Description: In this talk, Eleanor Cameron biographer Paul V. Allen will discuss the author's life, career, and core beliefs about children's literature through the lens of her science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Mushroom Planet series and the National Book Award-winning The Court of the Stone Children.


This lecture is free and open to the public.



February 15, 2019

I did two segments on Twin Cities-based 89.3 The Current, talking about The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene. The first is an interview with Andrea Swensson on The Local Show (including a few songs from the Hopefuls collective). The second is a hour-plus feature on the Local Current stream with host Jay Gabler, showcasing 15 songs I chose personally to help tell the story of the book.

             The Local Show: https://www.thecurrent.org/programs/local-show/2019/02/03 

             Local Current: https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2019/02/11/the-hopefuls 



November 7, 2018

I did a Q & A with City Pages about The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene (http://www.citypages.com/music/howd-the-hopefuls-lose-hope-a-new-book-looks-back-on-a-local-supergroups-rise-and-demise/499858512), but I made the mistake of not requesting to see the questions first.  I was unhappy with some of my answers, so I wrote up a redo here: https://thehopefulsmusic.info/blog/f/q-a-redux.



October 10, 2018

Some updates:

  • The publication process for The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene went much quicker than I anticipated. It should be available online in paperback and ebook very soon. 
  • Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement will be issued in paperback sometime in the spring or early summer next year.
  • My history of Random House's Beginner Books line is coming along nicely. I'm hoping to finish the manuscript and start shopping it to publishers by March 2019.



March 7, 2018​

I did an interview with my local public radio station about Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement. You can listen here:  http://wglt.org/post/local-author-celebrates-favorite-childhood-writer



February 14, 2018

Big things are happening! 

  • I've signed a contract to publish my second book, the story of four Minneapolis/St. Paul musicians trying to make it on their own (yeah, that's a Mary Tyler Moore Show allusion), with McFarland & Company! Publication date is to be determined, but will likely be late 2019 or early 2020.
  • I'm knee deep in research for my third book, a history/examination/appreciation of the ​Beginner Books line started by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Helen Palmer Geisel, and Phyllis Cerf in 1958. I learned to read on a set of those books inherited from my uncle, and I'm excited to put a spotlight on the origins and operations of the series, as well as the biographies of its many creators.
  • Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement is out in hardcover and ebook tomorrow! A paperback edition will follow within the next year or so.


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August 25, 2017

Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement is now listed in the UPM catalog and is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble or your favorite local bookshop!