While perusing the introduction to Paris: The Collected Traveler, An Inspired Companion Guide, edited by Barrie Kerper (Vintage Books, 2011 edition), Horn Book readers may be gratified (also surprised? we were!) to find the following passage. (Katie, our resident Nancy Drew, tracked its source to the April 2010 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.)
I am especially fond of historical fiction and recently I was pleased to discover that Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, a wonderful magazine dedicated to children’s and young adult literature, is, too. “Historical fiction,” he writes, “is not only one excellent way to explain our parents (or grandparents) to ourselves, it can also explain ourselves to ourselves, allowing readers to consider what they might have done, or how they might have been different in circumstances unlike our own. We don’t read historical fiction to find out ‘what it was like back then’ so much as to get a fresh look at who we are now. And if I want to take another look at who I was then? All I have to do is remember what I was reading.”
Merci pour l’amour, Mme. Kerper! And très profund, M. Sutton.