America’s Editor, age 3
With apologies to librarians
Let children read to you.
Let children read in private.
Let children tear the pages of a book in their eagerness to read the story.
Let children drag a book around behind them by a center page as if it were a stuffed animal.
Let children paw the pages and rest their entire body weight on the spine.
Let children feel as if the book is an extension of themselves.
First edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Last week Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, revealed in a BBC interview that Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was originally a black character.
Mr. Dahl’s biographer, Donald Sturrock, elaborated on this:
“It was his agent who thought it was a bad idea when the book was first published to have a black hero,” Mr. Sturrock said. “She said people would ask why.”
Do I even need to get into the problems with lack of diversity in publishing?
The New York Times offers more details about the BBC interview in this article.
Chris Kyle gives a well-written, detailed account of US military life during the Iraq War. If you’re seeking to understand the mindset of Iraq War veterans, American Sniper might be a good place to start.
I’m currently reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. I’m terribly bored reading it, but I’m suffering through it because it was recommended by a friend.
Check out the beautiful new cover for Cynthia A. Rodriguez‘s upcoming book, The Sound of Serendipity. The cover was beautifully designed by artist Hang Le. The Sound of Serendipity is set to release April 2016. Read the synopsis below.
So many things can happen to a person on a Central Park bench.
For Emerson Kingsley, falling in love happened, despite her broken monster of a heart.
Emerson knows more about listening than she does about love, whether it’s listening to artists as a music producer or listening to stories as she people watches.
Months of watching Maddox Bailey from a park bench are to blame for her infatuation. In her mind, the moment they meet will be spectacular if she ever finds the nerve to speak to him.
But when the two share an awkward cab ride, she realizes that maybe fantasies are meant to stay that way.
The only problem is, now that they’ve met, he keeps popping up in her life. Each time he does, Emerson finds the real-life Maddox to be better than anything she could’ve dreamed—sexy, passionate, and sweeter than his chocolate brown eyes.
A woman in love with possibilities meets a man determined to make them happen.
I’ll be traveling to a cold and snowy place for a couple of weeks, so I read a cold and snowy story in preparation. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was on my reading list for years, and maybe that anticipation gave me too high expectations for this book. It is a well-written story that takes its time. It was enjoyable and has the quality of a fable or fairy tale. It didn’t alter my life, but it did prepare me for snow.