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  1. Michelle Koh says:

    I was delighted to have a video call with Marijane Meaker, a.k.a., M.E. Kerr, today. This time I remembered to take a screenshot. We enjoyed seeing each other and chatting.

    M.E. Kerr in Summer 2021

  2. Michelle Koh says:

    It is time again to wish my favorite author and dear friend, Marijane Meaker, a very happy birthday!

    Marijane Meaker

    I had a Zoom with her a couple of weeks ago and it was great to say hello and see her face. I did not take a picture though. So I am using this picture from 2019 because I really like it. I went through my pictures to make a different card this year but kept coming back to this one so here it is!

    Thanks to everyone who continues to stop by the site and send messages to her via Comments or Contact Us. She receives them and enjoys hearing from her fans as always!

  3. Michelle Koh says:

    When I have Zoom calls I try to find fun pictures for my virtual background so I am often looking through old pictures. I came across this nice one of M. E. Kerr from 5/28/18 the day after her birthday. She is sitting on her deck where we have had many relaxing and lively times. I like how Amber and Buddy are posed with her.

    M. E. Kerr on 5/28/18

  4. Michelle Koh says:

    While I wanted to be in person for Christmas Eve dinner with Marijane Meaker and friends, I am just not there yet in terms of comfort level for traveling even somewhat locally. Instead we had a video call like many others. I was so delighted to see her and just say hello. Here is a screen grab- she was worried about her hair, which looks absolutely fine, and I certainly have no vanity as I just look how I look, fly away hair and all:

    M. E. Kerr and Webmistress 12/24/20

    I have been embracing the title of “Webmistress” because M. E. Kerr prefers it to “Webmaster.” I like both as an evolving traditionalist.

  5. Michelle Koh says:

    Thanks to Elaine Viets for sharing her finished article,Practitioners of the Telltale Art about accomplished mystery writers who graduated from University of Missouri School which includes a great section about Marijane Meaker.

    “Thanks so much for a terrific interview. Here’s a copy of the story on the university’s main news page. It’s also the cover story in Mizzou magazine.
    https://showme.missouri.edu/2020/practitioners-of-the-telltale-art/

    Best,

    Elaine“

  6. Michelle Koh says:

    Banned Books Week

    Banned Books Week ALA

    We are celebrating Banned Books Week September 27- October 3 this year. Happy Banned Books Week! M. E. Kerr has joined the ranks of authors who have works banned or challenged for various reasons. I will follow the tradition of sharing previously gathered information below:

    banned books week 2012

    Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

    As it is Banned Books Week, it seems like the right time to note books by M. E. Kerr that have been banned or challenged over the years. I will list what I have gathered over the years.

    Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack -Banned or challenged for “references to religion, drug use and potential use of heroin.”

    Gentlehands – Banned or challenged for “showing one Nazi in a positive light.”

    Hello I Lied – Banned or challenged for “homosexual content.”

    I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me – Banned or challenged because “a character has a gay friend.”

    Night Kites – Banned or challenged for “discussing AIDS and homosexuality.”

    I believe the following titles were “challenged” which means questioned but not banned:

    Deliver Us from Evie

    Fell

    Slap Your Sides

    What Became of Her

     

    Related links:

    https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/747//library/Title_List_Alpha.pdf

    http://bannedbooksweek.org/

    http://www.washoecounty.us/repository/files/8/bb%20list.pdf

    http://wiu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=217701&sid=1816633

    Common Core Standards and Banned Books Week: A Thematic Guide to Introducing Banned and Challenged Books in the Classroom

  7. Michelle Koh says:

    ‘Fresh Air’ Marks Pride Month With Novelist Marijane Meaker

    Marijane Meaker on NPR

    If you haven’t heard NPR’s Terry Gross interviewing Marijane Meaker in 2003 or want to hear it again, here’s your chance!

  8. Michelle Koh says:

    Happy birthday wishes to my favorite YA author and friend, Marijane Meaker.
    Marijane Meaker

    I saw her in February and had a lovely visit with her as always but we didn’t take many pictures so I am posting a picture from last year that I really like.

  9. Michelle Koh says:

    Happy New Year from Mekerr.com!

    For past few years I have been spending Thanksgiving with M.E. Kerr / Marijane Meaker. We both appreciate the Portrait mode setting. Here’s one of from 11/28/19:

    Marijane and Michelle

  10. Michelle Koh says:

    Banned Books Week

    We are celebrating Banned Books Week September 22-28 this year. Happy Banned Books Week! M. E. Kerr has joined the ranks of authors who have works banned or challenged for various reasons. I will follow the tradition of sharing previously gathered information below:

    banned books week 2012

    Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

    As it is Banned Books Week, it seems like the right time to note books by M. E. Kerr that have been banned or challenged over the years. I will list what  I know and I hope M. E. Kerr will chime in and make additions or correct me.

    Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack -Banned or challenged for “references to religion, drug use and potential use of heroin.”

    Gentlehands – Banned or challenged for “showing one Nazi in a positive light.”

    Hello I Lied – Banned or challenged for “homosexual content.”

    I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me – Banned or challenged because “a character has a gay friend.”

    Night Kites – Banned or challenged for “discussing AIDS and homosexuality.”

    I believe the following titles were “challenged” which means questioned but not banned:

    Deliver Us from Evie

    Fell

    Slap Your Sides

    What Became of Her

     

    Related links:

    https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/747//library/Title_List_Alpha.pdf

    http://bannedbooksweek.org/

    http://www.washoecounty.us/repository/files/8/bb%20list.pdf

    http://wiu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=217701&sid=1816633

    Common Core Standards and Banned Books Week: A Thematic Guide to Introducing Banned and Challenged Books in the Classroom

  11. Michelle Koh says:

    I had a nice visit with M.E. Kerr/Marijane Meaker last weekend and wanted to post a picture of us. From July 13, 2019 on her deck:

    ME Kerr in July 2019

  12. Michelle Koh says:

    Today is the birthday of Marijane Meaker, a.k.a. M.E. Kerr! Happy Birthday to her!

    Happy birthday 2019

  13. Michelle Koh says:

    I am an avid patron of the New York Public Library and greatly rely on and appreciate the ease of borrowing and reading ebooks.

    Currently many books by M.E. Kerr and Mary James are available as ebooks at the NYPL. They are pictured below as a reminder of this wonderful resource.

    ME Kerr books at NYPL 1

    ME Kerr books at NYPL 2

    ME Kerr books at NYPL 3

  14. Michelle Koh says:

    We celebrated Banned Books Week September 23-29 this year. I am a bit late wishing everyone Happy Banned Books Week! M. E. Kerr has joined the ranks of authors who have works banned for various reasons. I will follow the tradition of sharing previously gathered information below:

    banned books week 2012

    Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

    As it is Banned Books Week, it seems like the right time to note books by M. E. Kerr that have been banned or challenged over the years. I will list what  I know and I hope M. E. Kerr will chime in and make additions or correct me.

    Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack -Banned or challenged for “references to religion, drug use and potential use of heroin.”

    Gentlehands – Banned or challenged for “showing one Nazi in a positive light.”

    Hello I Lied – Banned or challenged for “homosexual content.”

    I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me – Banned or challenged because “a character has a gay friend.”

    Night Kites – Banned or challenged for “discussing AIDS and homosexuality.”

    I believe the following titles were “challenged” which means questioned but not banned:

    Deliver Us from Evie

    Fell

    Slap Your Sides

    What Became of Her

     

    Related links:

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek

    http://bannedbooksweek.org/

    http://www.washoecounty.us/repository/files/8/bb%20list.pdf

    http://wiu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=217701&sid=1816633

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/free_downloads

  15. Michelle Koh says:

    Please enjoy the most recent addition to the site a page celebrating the fan art and friend given objects inspired by the works of M. E. Kerr, Mary Hames and Marijane Meaker.

    M. E. Kerr Fan Art, Etc.

  16. Michelle Koh says:

    I was busy celebrating Marijane’s birthday with her, a.k.a. M. E. Kerr, and forgot to post well-wishes on the site! Here is Marijane Meaker on her deck with her two dogs on her birthday weekend!

    Marijane Meaker at home

  17. Michelle Koh says:

    Marijane. Meaker a.k.a., M. E. Kerr, is an avid animal lover and lifelong supporter of A.R.F. – Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons . In honor of Lunar New Year 2018 being the Year of the Dog here are M. E. Kerr’s dogs:

    Buddy

    Amber

    They have quite a story. I will just say that it was requested they be adopted together.

  18. Michelle Koh says:

    Shed

    This shed is in M.E. Kerr’s backyard. She told me a story about how one of her many rescued cats over the years, Mr. something, I can’t remember, used to hide inside the shed. A young neighbor asked her what he was doing in there. She told him that he was writing a book entitled, “I hate…” and it was a book about all of the things he hated.

    I would love to read that book!

  19. Michelle Koh says:

    Nice to see this on M. E. Kerr’s birthday! From Booklist’s 50 Best YA Books of All Time, by Daniel Kraus | Booklist Online
    FEATURE. First published May 26, 2017 (Booklist Online).

    Booklist Online 50 Best YA Books

    Gentlehands, by M. E. Kerr (Harper, 1978).

    The Holocaust is the basis for many fine YA novels, but this book did something different. In a contemporary setting, it brought the subject home in a way that raised questions about personal morality as well as collective guilt. When Buddy and his new girlfriend meet his grandfather, they find him erudite and cultured. They are shocked to learn he may be a Nazi butcher.

    Thanks to John S. for the head’s up on this!

  20. Michelle Koh says:

    It’s that time of year to celebrate Marijane Meaker’s birthday!

    Happy birthday 2017

    Here is M. E. Kerr holding court on her living room last month (April 2017).

  21. Michelle Koh says:

    M.E. Kerr has several home offices. Here is a short video tour of one of them.

  22. Michelle Koh says:

    Happy New Year

    I took this picture of the first sunrise of the year today at the beach. – Michelle

  23. Michelle Koh says:

    I found this old but nice picture of me with M.E. Kerr on her deck. Thought I’d share it.

  24. Michelle Koh says:

    Happy Banned Books Week! M. E. Kerr has joined the ranks of authors who have works banned for various reasons. I will re-post previously gathered information below:

    banned books week 2012

    Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

    As it is Banned Books Week, it seems like the right time to note books by M. E. Kerr that have been banned or challenged over the years. I will list what  I know and I hope M. E. Kerr will chime in and make additions or correct me.

    Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack -Banned or challenged for “references to religion, drug use and potential use of heroin.”

    Gentlehands – Banned or challenged for “showing one Nazi in a positive light.”

    Hello I Lied – Banned or challenged for “homosexual content.”

    I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me – Banned or challenged because “a character has a gay friend.”

    Night Kites – Banned or challenged for “discussing AIDS and homosexuality.”

    I believe the following titles were “challenged” which means questioned but not banned:

    Deliver Us from Evie

    Fell

    Slap Your Sides

    What Became of Her

     

    Related links:

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek

    http://bannedbooksweek.org/

    http://www.washoecounty.us/repository/files/8/bb%20list.pdf

    http://wiu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=217701&sid=1816633

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/free_downloads

  25. Michelle Koh says:

    Here’s a recent picture of us from 2016 in her living room (her books are nicely displayed all throughout):

    ME Kerr and Webmaster

  26. Michelle Koh says:

    Happy Birthday M.E. Kerr!!!

    Happy Birthday

  27. Michelle Koh says:

    Nice article in The Advocate about our Marijane Meaker.

    Click here to read the full article.

    “Marijane Meaker isn’t a household name, but she should be.”

    Nice book cover collage in this article:

    The Advocate

    Thanks to our friend Nola Thacker for sending the link.

  28. i just read about you in LC. mar ap 2016
    and am thanking you for your years and writings
    and want you to know i award a no money, no statue,
    just for applause and kicks. rainbow rave reviews
    usually published in LC or coe, or maize.
    what would you recommend for my starter course?
    as i am broke, a freeby would be nice, not necessary.
    rainbow in st augustine.

  29. Michelle says:

    Welcome to Comments, continued! Follow the link to read previous Comments.

    Happy New Year! Things to do in 2016 include checking out M. E. Kerr’s recently released collection of short stories Edge, and with the spotlight on the movie Carol, attention has been put on her other work including Marijane Meaker’s memoir Highsmith.

    Click here for more information about Edge.

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