TONI MORRISON WAS A ‘LITERARY MOTHER’ TO COUNTLESS WRITERS
Toni Morrison died this (past) week at age 88 and left behind countless writers for whom her characters were like close acquaintances and her stories like parables to guide them through their own lives. Edwidge Danticat, the prize-winning Haitian-American author, called her “a literary mother to generations of writers, especially black women writers like myself.”
On Tuesday, (Jacqueline) Woodson tweeted, “Peace on the journey, Ms. Morrison. And Thank You.”
Many posted Morrison quotes after learning of her death. This one was shared repeatedly: “We die. That may be the meaning of life,” Morrison said. “But we do language. That might be the measure of our lives.”
GRETA THUNBERG’S CALL FOR ACTION FAST-TRCKS A PICTURE BOOK BIO
The title of Winter’s book comes from a speech Thunberg gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year. “I don’t want you to be hopeful,” Thunberg told the audience of political leaders. “I want you to panic. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”
THE PINKNEYS ARE A PICTURE BOOK PERFECT, AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR COUPLE
The Pinkneys have now been together for 30 years, and in that time, they’ve collaborated on nearly 20 children books….
And traditional or not, this book-making model is working. The Pinkneys are currently collaborating on their next project; they can’t share exactly what it is, but Andrea says it’s about civil rights and voting.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS: MAINE-BASED AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS DISCUSS THE ART AND CRAFT OF MAKING CHILDREN’S BOOKS
(Panel interview including) Jamie Hogan (by phone), award-winning illustrator, educator, and biker. Her illustrations have appeared in books and magazines, and she is the author and illustrator of “The Seven Days of Daisy,” and the illustrator of a dozen children’s books, as well as several adult titles.
LYCEUM: LOCAL AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT CREATING ‘MARY’S MONSTER’
Award-winning author and illustrator Lita Judge talked about the nagging question that drove her to create her book about Frankenstein author Mary Shelly in her talk “Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein” at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum on Sunday.
BIOGRAPHIES OF AUTHORS COMING TO BOOKMARKS BOOK FESTIVAL
Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of Before She Was Harriet, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a nominee for an NAACP image award, and winner of the Christopher Award. Her other books include Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History and Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong. Finding Langston, a fictionalized coming of age story of Langston Hughes,won the 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Award.