Excavating my desk today, I find two items of note. First, an invitation to the NYPL's Anne Carroll Moore lecture, free and open to all comers and given this year by Patricia C. McKissack. 10:30AM, Monday November 13, at the Donnell Library Center, 20 West 53rd Street. Do go; I hope to.
Second, I've received a brochure touting the NEH and ALA's annual "We the People Bookshelf," with this year's theme being "the pursuit of happiness" Rick Santorum wants you to forswear. (Take that, Founding Fathers!). Get information about how to apply for the collection of fifteen "classic" books here; I'll just sit here and whine about the poetic injustice of turning "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" into a picture book. Count me in with Ethel Heins, who, in reviewing Susan Jeffer's edition of the poem in 1979, wrote "it is often questioned whether an explicit line-by-line pictorial representation of a lyrical--not a narrative--poem may constrain a child's imagination and interfere with his or her response to poetic ambiguity--the spontaneous formation of images in the mind."