Monthly Archives: October 2010

School Library Journal: On Falcon Quinn, JB, and diversity issues for YA readers

The amazing Betsy Bird posted this truly sweet interview with me, about Falcon Quinn, on the School Library Journal blog today: I don’t often host folks who’ve appeared on Oprah, Larry King, The Today Show, and a Barbara Walters Special (just to name a few).  Few of the authors I speak to in my interviews have been […]

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JB at Chicago Humanties Festival…

An extremely generous blog entry regarding SHES NOT THERE. This piece is in advance of appearances at the Chicago Humanities Festival in early November. Hope readers and friends in the land of Lincoln will come to the events, one at the festival, and one at the Belic institute of Columbia College Chicago.

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In Memoriam, Charles Walker Bassett.

To the Colby Community: I write, with great sadness, to inform you that Charles W. Bassett died last night after a long bout with cancer. Charlie came to Colby in 1969 as an assistant professor of English and a scholar of American literature, and I hardly need to tell anyone receiving this message what a […]

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It Could Be Worse

It Could Be Worse © 2010 Jennifer Finney Boylan The current state of the nation–and the Democratic Party in particular–is reminiscent of the scene in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein in which the scientist and his sidekick, Igor (“that’s EYE-gor”) are digging up a corpse in a haunted graveyard. “What a filthy job,” observes the doctor. […]

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  • The Boylan Family, summer 2010

    DSC_0063 "You hang around our family, you learn all kinds of stuff."
  • Will Forte as Jennifer Finney Boylan on “Saturday Night Live”

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  • Jenny with Barbara Walters, December, 2008

  • Jenny atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin

    2036947979_34bfbec240 August, 2002.
  • Surrounded

    boylanWith President Clinton and Maine's Governor John Baldacci, fall 2006.
  • JFB and Edward Albee


    Edward had been my teacher at Johns Hopkins in the winter of 1986. He visited Colby in fall, 2007. As we took our leave of each other, he kissed me on both cheeks and said, "We have done well. You and I."

  • Jenny and her teacher, the great John Barth


    Jack was my professor at JHU when I did my thesis, back in the day. After many years, I can now confidently say I finally understand his definition of plot. Which is, of course, "the perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a new and complexified equilibrium."