Cathryn M. Mercier

About Cathryn M. Mercier

Cathryn M. Mercier is the director of the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston, Massachusetts.

Becoming a Book Detective

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Although I grew up in a household of women who read, my reading education is a bit unusual in the academic world. In the in-law apartment my dad built for her, my grandmother lined the custom-made bookshelves with thick volumes of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. In these pages, I first met Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, […]