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Battle of the Books

2012 Judge: Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson is a veteran of book battles. While earning his Ph.D.– by researching the career of an editor who worked closely with Edith Wharton and Henry James (just because all partes were polite in the early 1900s does not mean they were not ferocious) — he began working as an editor in the children’s books division of Harper & Row just as it was being purchased and merged with Collins. He had the good fortune of working a few offices away from Charlotte Zolotow and having colleagues who remembered Ursula Nordstrom. From Harper he went to Holt to create EDGE — an international and multicultural YA imprint. After years working in-house, he left to write his own books, do some at large editing for Candlewick, teach materials for children and for YA in the Rutgers MLIS program., and write the NF Matters blog for School Library Journal.

His next book is Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies, which publishes this April.

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