Monday, August 28, 2006

Who needs Judy Miller?

The children's-book beat at the New York Times does just fine without her. Last year, they somehow got an early copy of the last Harry Potter into Michiko Kakutani's hands; now reporter Dinitia Smith has broken into S&S/Margaret K. McElderry headquarters to swipe a copy of the "embargoed" Peter Pan in Scarlet.

Actually, I imagine there is a copy of the manuscript in Times children's book editor Julie Just's office just as there is in mine. Unlike the Harry Potter books from Scholastic, S&S sent out review copies of Peter Pan in Scarlet with the proviso that no coverage appear before the pub date in October. (They wanted a signed agreement to that effect, but didn't get one from us.) That's fine by me: however "authorized," a sequel to Peter Pan is not exactly breaking news--unless your news is breaking the embargo. Emma Dryden, you evil genius.

4 comments:

Monica Edinger said...

I must say I too wondered --- after all, popular culturewise Peter Pan is no Harry Potter (although in a different conversation, I might well say Harry is no Peter).

NYTimes is on a roll with BIG children's literature articles of late--- Gary Paulsen got serious space on Saturday.

Roger Sutton said...
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rindawriter said...

This was funny. I had no idea, I had NO idea...I am getting un-naived so quickly here...

Roger Sutton said...

I haven't quite figured out how to make links in the comments section; the Independent story on the Peter Pan leak is at:
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/news/article1222582.ece