Leonard S. Marcus
Where: Standish Room, Third floor Science Library, University at Albany, SUNY
When: October 23, 2008, 4:00 PM
Leonard Marcus, one of the foremost authorities on the history of childrenâ€™s literature, will discuss and sign his new book, Minders of Make-Believe (2008, Houghton Mifflin), an animated first-time history of the visionary editors, authors, librarians, booksellers, and others whose passion for books has transformed American childhood and American culture.
What should children read? Marcus tackles this three-hundred-year-old question that sparked the creation of a rambunctious childrenâ€™s book publishing scene in Colonial times. And itâ€™s the urgent issue that went on to fuel the transformation of twentieth-century childrenâ€™s book publishing from a genteel backwater to big business. Marcus delivers a provocative look at the fierce turf wars fought among pioneering editors, progressive educators, and librarians - most of them women - throughout the twentieth century. His story of the emergence and growth of the major publishing houses - and of the distinctive literature for the young they shaped - gains extraordinary depth through the authorâ€™s path-finding research and in-depth interviews with dozens of editors, artists, and other key publishing figures whose careers go back to the 1930s.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP to: Brian Keough, at email@example.com or 518-437-3931