We've just received advance copies of the November/December issue of the Magazine, with one of the more luscious covers Lolly Robinson has designed for us. (Speaking of Lolly, who designs every page of the Magazine and the Guide: she is the curator for "Beatrix Potter in America," an exhibition of original art, paintings, sketches, letters, and first editions appearing at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art through December 4th.)
Appearing in this issue is an article by Jon Scieszka, "What's So Funny, Mr. Scieszka?" based on his Zena Sutherland Lecture, which he delivered last May in Chicago. Along with publishing the acceptance speeches for ALA's Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Awards (in every July-August issue), and those for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (every January-February issue), the Horn Book frequently publishes articles that first saw light on a podium. While the award speeches are published virtually verbatim, all others are subjected to the necessary and sometimes full-on transformation from oral speech to written article--what works for the one frequently falls flat in the other. So: if you do have a speech you think might make good reading for the Horn Book, make sure it graces the page with the same eloquence it had from the microphone. To reproduce comic timing, for example, is really hard--Jon lost a couple of his jokes. And you can't let italics do all the inflecting.