Margaret Ferguson has edited children’s books for over 30 years, and is now the publisher of Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. She talked with three-time Caldecott Honor winner and MacArthur Fellow Peter Sís, about the process of editing a picture book and how Sís’ new children’s biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Pilot and the Little Prince, was made.
George R.R. Martin's longtime editor Anne Groell recently answered some fan questions about her editing process, Martin's writing timeline, and the future of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The big takeaway? Groell thinks there might be more than seven books.
Strange but true: Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot were pen-pals. Their correspondence began in 1961, when T.S. Eliot sent Groucho Marx a fan letter. It continued for several years, with them finally meeting for dinner in 1964.
Elegant bookbindings might not seem to have much of a place in the modern world. E-books barely have graphics, much less finely crafted covers. Yet the love of handmade books as beautiful objects persists and, as a new travelling exhibit shows, retains many adherents.
Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road is currently being turned into a beautifully illustrated scroll by artist Paul Rogers. Rogers is drawing one illustration for each page of the book, producing the work on one long scroll, just as Kerouac wrote his famous novel on one scroll of teletype paper — though he did it in 'three coffee-soaked-benzedrine-fueled days'.
You can hear the first recorded reading of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl', from February, 1956 at Portland’s Reed College. The recording sat dormant in Reed’s archives for over fifty years until scholar John Suiter rediscovered it in 2008.
Have you ever finished a book and thought, 'Well, that was disappointing', only to have it take up prime real estate in your brain? Then, it hits you: it was actually one of the best books you’ve ever read.
For all of Maya Angelou’s cultural travels, most people first encounter her through her poetry. One small measure of that influence can be found on YouTube, where dozens of scrappy tribute performances of her many classics have accumulated over the years.