Jul 29, 2013
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A New Yorker Writer, Rose Styron Among 30-Plus Authors in Litchfield Hills Library Event

A New Yorker Writer, Rose Styron Among 30-Plus Authors in Litchfield Hills Library Event

The cover of the book celebrating Maurice Sendak that contains an essay by Leonard Marcus, one of the more than 30 authors attending an event Friday at the library in Sharon.

In an era when publishing has become truly democratic—when anyone with even modest means can publish his or her own book without the tyranny of publisher or agent—new volumes of all kinds are flooding the market. Some are good, some sink immediately under their own weight.

It is a long way from when books were painstakingly crafted with hand-painted printing on vellum and read only by the literate few. Books today are even given to newborns, as happens at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington when it distributes copies of “On the Night You Were Born,” sending the babies home with a wish for a lifetime of pleasure and learning through reading.

The history of children’s literature is a fascinating field and one that has been explored in depth by Leonard Marcus, author of a number of acclaimed books about children’s literature and the authors and artists who create them, including “Show Me a Story!”; “The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth”; “Funny Business”; “Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way” and more.

Recently he curated the highly successful exhibit “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” at the New York Public Library and wrote the lead essay for “Maurice Sendack, A Celebration of the Artist and his Work,” a catalogue of the more than 200 images exhibited in a second show at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Marcus is among the more than 30 nationally acclaimed and regional authors, editors and illustrators who will take part in the 17th annual Sharon Summer Book Signing Friday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. He will sign copies of his oral biography, “Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices,” and his catalogue of Sendack’s works.

Among those who will to be signing books this year are Rose Styron, who edited a volume of the late husband’s letters, “Selected Letters of William Styron”; Janet Malcolm with her “Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artist and Writers”; Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, Edmund Morris, who will sign his latest book, “This Living Hand: And Other Essays”; Jeffrey Frank, “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage”; Adam Van Doren, with his memoir, “An Artist in Venice”; and Roxana Robinson, author of “Sparta.”

The event will also feature the library’s first afternoon children’s book signing–which is open free to children and their caregivers and which will feature 11 authors and illustrators. The children’s book signing will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

See the full LCT magazine story on countytimes.com.

 

A New Yorker Writer, Rose Styron Among 30-Plus Authors in Litchfield Hills Library Event

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