Meeting Madeleine L’Engle

Leonard's work as editor of the Library of America's authoritative edition of Madeleine L'Engle's Kairos Novels really began, in a sense, years earlier during a memorable, touch-and-go encounter with the author of A Wrinkle in Time. Here's what happened.

The Notorious UN

Ursula Nordstrom, Harper’s visionary publisher of “good books for bad children,” is now the subject of a comics tribute by illustrator Joana Avillez. It appeared on the back page of the New York Times Book Review as Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom reached its [...]

Remembering Alice Provensen

Alice was one of the most memorable illustrators of our time, both singly and in collaboration with her late husband Martin. When I interviewed her for my book Side by Side and asked her exactly who had done what in the creation of the many books that she and Martin worked on closely together, [...]

The Picture Book Biography Examined

The recent NYU symposium: "Telling Lives: A Closer Look at Picture Book Biography" drew a lively and engaged audience of writers, illustrators, publishers, educators, librarians, and NYU students and staff. Publishers Weekly was there too, and here is their report on the morning's events.

Will the real Madeleine L’Engle Please Stand Up

The new Disney film based on Madeleine L'Engle's best-loved novel has led fans back to the book itself and to the question of just who was the author who so deftly intertwined elements of science fiction, spirituality, fantasy, and family drama in a tautly constructed coming-of-age story that [...]

The Editor Speaks: An Interview with Regina Hayes

A lifelong bookworm and unapologetic generalist, Regina Hayes, who led Viking Children’s Books from 1982 to 2012 and is now a Viking editor at large, has ranged widely across genres in an action-packed career marked by intense curiosity, quiet, persistent daring, and a firm grasp of the world [...]

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