Thursday, October 06, 2005

Coming in November

I think we're finally finished with the November/December issue of the Magazine. It has something of a Hans Christian Andersen focus (2005 marks his bicentenary), with a cover photograph of one of his paper-cuttings, an article by Brian Alderson about editions and translations of Andersen through the years, and a report by Elena Abos about a symposium held at the International Youth Library on illustrating the birthday boy. In addition, we have Jon Scieszka (it has taken me many years, but I can now spell Scieszka right on the first try ;-) on being funny, an article adapted from his Zena Sutherland Lecture of last May in Chicago; and Janet McDonald on bringing high and pop culture together in books for teens.

My editorial gamely tries to play along with our main theme by bringing in my trip to the IYL last spring in the company of Elena A., but what I was really interested in was what that trip taught me about what American children's book people mean when they call a book European. Hint: it's not a compliment.

3 comments:

Susan Thomsen said...

Welcome to Blog Land! I look forward to keeping up with news from The Horn Book here.

Chris Barton said...

Spelling "Scieszka" is one thing, but the real trick is pronouncing it. If there were a children's literature equivalent of a speakeasy, I can't think of a better password...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for bringing your blog to our attention, Roger. More evening leisure reading!

Mary Ann G
WA state