Books to Unite the Digitally Divided Family

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Ladies and gentlemen, winners of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, people of the book…

We gather to ask our annual question: “Can there still be books for the young?” Even now, in these darkening days, while Barnes & Noble eats independent booksellers, and Amazon eats Barnes & Noble. New problems to mask the old ones we never solved, since you can still sit out twelve years of school in the “remedial” program not because you’re “learning disabled” but because you aren’t home at night. Can our books still tell their stories in the age of the “digitally reduced attention span”? Can we still reach a generation whose own parents lost eye contact with them long ago? In the full knowledge that there is no app for eye contact…

Oh, yes. The answer is yes because never have the young needed us more. Never has a young generation on their way to adulthood lived this far from adults. Never has a generation needed an adult voice more, if only on the page and well disguised.

>Hear Roger (and Richard Peck)

>In our latest podcast Roger brings us along for an evening in New York with Elizabeth Law (Vice President and Publisher, Egmont USA), Douglas Pocock (Executive Vice President, Egmont USA), and Newbery Medalist Richard Peck. After a lively discussion about what draws adults to read young adult books, Roger talks to Richard Peck about his […]

>Son of a Preacher Man

>I’m spending Richard Peck’s summer vacation editing his Sutherland Lecture for publication in the November HB. It’s a great speech–Peck has always been among the best of our writer-speakers–and his epigrammatic style can be pure poetry. I’m working directly from the speech manuscript, and I’ve never seen one quite like it, with the paragraphs carefully […]

>Free Speech

>Yup, tomorrow night Richard Peck will be giving the Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Chicago Public Library. 7:30 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, tickets are free but must be reserved in advance: 312-747-4780. It’s filling up so hurry up, and I hope to see you there.