>In my capacity as chair of the Scott O’Dell Award, I received a letter from a prominent author of historical fiction, bemoaning what she sees as a current lack of interest in the genre among publishers. I have no idea if this is true, as what publishers are in the market for now won’t reveal itself to me for at least a year. And while it’s true that fewer historicals seem to be published now than in the heyday of the Dear America series (which is being re-amped, I’ve noticed), the publishing of historical fiction seems to have been fairly consistent over the past decade. What do you think?
>Are historicals history?
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.