Lots of good links this week, from a heartwarming story about a beloved children’s author to some much-deserved recognition of a group of Southern writers. Enjoy! (And share your own favorite links in the comments.)
Nonprofit publisher The Library of America posted an interesting piece on Tuesday about how Arthur Miller wrote The Misfits (his first original screenplay) for his wife Marilyn Monroe. They divorced before the premiere.
I love this story from Poquoson, Virginia. A group of fourth graders read Tuck Everlasting at Poquoson Elementary School, then had so many questions they sent author Natalie Babbitt a letter. The 78-year-old author sent them back a two-page response addressing their questions. (She included the information that she will not write a sequel to the story.)
If you like comparing and contrastign hardcover with paperback jacket designs (when they’re different), you’ll enjoy this week’s post on The Millions. C. Max Magee judges American book jackets alongside their U.K. counterparts. For example:
(I have to say that I also prefer the U.K. version.)
On a related note, check out BookPage’s favorite book jackets of 2010, if you haven’t already.
In the February issue of Vanity Fair, there is a very glamorous photo and write-up of the literary ladies of Atlanta—including plenty of BookPage favorites (Kathryn Stockett, Karin Slaughter and Emily Giffin, just to name a few). Alan Deutschman—husband to Susan Rebecca White—calls Atlanta “the most vibrant new literary scene outside of Brooklyn” and praises the authors’ fearless writing “about the region’s troubled legacies of race, class, gender, and sexuality.”