October 31, 2013 (New York, NY) –To mark the 10th anniversary of The New York Review Children’s Collection, Edwin Frank, editor of NYRB Classics and The New York Review Children’s Collection series, will moderate a discussion with children’s literature experts George Nicholson, Susan Hirschman, Nancy Gallt, Ellen Handler Spitz, and Betsy Bird. They will talk about the changing character of children’s books.
About the Panelists:
Betsy Bird is the Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library and reviews for Kirkus and The New York Times. Her first picture book Giant Dance Party debuted this year and her new title Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature will be published by Candlewick in 2014.
Edwin Frank is the editorial director The New York Review Children’s Collection and NYRB Classics series.
Nancy Gallt worked in subsidiary rights at Viking, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Morrow Junior Books, Greenwillow, and Lothrop Lee & Shepard before founding her own literary agency, where she represents a wide range of children’s book authors and illustrators, including Rick Riordan, and Sophie Blackall.
Susan Hirschman worked as an editor at Macmillan and with Ursula Nordstrom at Harper, before founding Greenwillow Books in 1974. At Greenwillow, she represented a varied list of writers and illustrators including best-selling author of the Mouse Books series, Kevin Henkes.
George Nicholson founded Delacorte Press and Yearling Books and was Publisher of Books for Children at The Viking Press and Bantam Doubleday Dell Books, before joining Sterling Lord Literistic as a literary agent. His clients include Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Bauer, Leonard Marcus, Rune Michaels, Betsy Byars, Jan Greenberg, and Sandra Jordan.
Ellen Handler Spitz is an author, lecturer, and scholar who currently holds the Honors College Professorship of Visual Arts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the author of several books, including Inside Picture Books, and reviews children’s books for The New Republic.
Event Time and Location:
6 PM, Sunday, November 10th at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, NY NY 10012
212-274-1160, www.mcnallyjackson.com. A reception will follow the discussion.
For more information about the McNally Jackson event or the 10th Anniversary, please contact Linda Hollick, New York Review Books, 212-293-1637, firstname.lastname@example.org