Join leading comics publisher Francoise Mouly for a conversation about the wondrous possibilities for artistic and emotional expression that comics and visual narratives allow. Art editor of The New Yorker since 1993, Mouly is editorial director and publisher of TOON Books, as well as co-founder, co-editor, and publisher of the comics and graphic magazine Raw with her husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman. In recent years, TOON Books has spurred a revival of interest in children’s comics, both vintage and contemporary.
Father’s Day is a great time to talk about the new DC comic Superman --- Chapter One: “The Son of Superman” featuring the original super family especially when you get to talk to its inker, Mick Gray. Gray also worked on another epic father-son team, Batman and Robin. Mick Gray (Superman, Batman and Robin, Promethea) is a staple at San Francisco Bay Area conventions --- and so is his daughter, 15-year-old Genevieve, a talented musician and artist.
On Monday night, I had the pleasure of attending Random House’s seventh Big Ideas Night --- the latest in the series, which offers readers a forum for conversations between writers and editors of popular, recently released books.
Before she was a New York Times
bestselling author, Beatriz Williams
was a rule-abiding kid with nary a rebellious bone in her body. But the one rule she broke --- and was somehow
able to get away with under her mother’s careful watch --- was reading a book after bedtime. In our final Mother’s Day Author Blog entry, Beatriz considers her mother’s uncharacteristic leniency in that instance and why she extends the same clemency to her own kids. And be sure to check out her latest book, A CERTAIN AGE
, when it releases on June 28th.
did not have a typical childhood: Raised by a polygamist family on a ramshackle farm in rural LeBaron, Mexico, she was the 39th of her father's 42 children, who managed to escape the narrow world of her childhood and explore on her own terms. One thing she always carries with her, though, is the memory of her mother reading, with solemn precision, the wondrous stories of the Bible and tirelessly encouraging her own budding curiosity. You can read all about Ruth’s fascinating life in her memoir, THE SOUND OF GRAVEL
Although Mary Volmer
and her mother experienced vastly different childhoods, they have one sure thing in common: a deep and abiding passion for reading. Her mother grew up roaming the American West, the daughter of ranch workers, who stopped moving in order to have a family and a home of her own. But even though she’ll never know the girl her mother once was, Mary never stops searching for her in the books she loves. Mary’s latest book, RELIANCE, ILLINOIS
--- set in the late 19th century, the story of a girl marked since birth, who finds her place in the world as the aide to a brilliant suffragette --- is now available.
Last Friday, The Book Report Network’s Carol Fitzgerald, Nicole Sherman and I took some time out of our busy schedules to treat ourselves to a day at Random House for their Spring Open House event. My dear friends --- and avid Bookreporter.com readers --- Vivian Payton, Elena Payton and Mary Wegner were also in attendance, as was Carol’s friend, Beverley Wilson. This was my fifth time attending the event, and, as always, it did not disappoint.
Martha Hall Kelly
’s debut novel, LILAC GIRLS
--- the remarkable story of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom and second chances ---was inspired by a real-life World War II heroine. Turns out, it’s not only her writing that was inspired by a strong woman; her reading was, as well. Here, Martha talks about her late mother, who prioritized reading in her own life, and passed on to her children and grandchildren a great love for all books --- although none so much as E. B. White’s classic CHARLOTTE’S WEB.
For Helen Simonson
--- the bestselling author of MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND
--- reading was a beloved family ritual, one that included weekly trips to the library and chores done in exchange for an extra hour with a book. Thanks in no small part to her mother, Helen passed on her love of books to her own children…even if they’re not always surprised by the rectangular-shaped gifts she gives. Her latest novel, THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR
--- a love story set on the eve of World War I --- is now available.