I was incredibly sorry to hear that Perry Moore, the producer of the Narnia films and the YA author of Hero was found dead recently. Perry was really just the sweetest guy, the few times I met with him. We speak of people being warm, but Perry really was. There was nothing “Hollywood” about him (and indeed he lived here in New York in Soho). Back in 2007 I even made him a Hot Men of Children’s Literature. Perry would later credit that post for the fact that People Magazine named him their Sexy Man of the Week but honestly I doubt they ever saw the tiny post. He was beloved entirely on his own merits. On top of that his book Hero remains one of the better known gay teen fantasy novels out there, even today. Perry, I’m very sad to see you go.
Obit: Perry Moore, YA author of Hero
Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of NYPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.