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>Taking a Bite out of the Apple

>Limoliner is taking me and Miss Pod to New York tomorrow. We’ll be listening to The Emperor’s Children (quite addictive and geographically apropos) and reading books for the star discussion next week. I’m going for the Eric Carle Museum bash Monday night, and also have dates with the Germany girls and intrepid blogger Fuse8. Any free time will be spent talking about you all with Elizabeth and stalking my secret boyfriend.

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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.



  1. >Color me pea green with envy after reading you are going to the Eric Carle Museum!

    Hey, if you see your secret boyfriend in NY, see if you can get any insider info on the upcoming episodes. His tv show is a guilty pleasure (I so don’t like the annoying rock ‘n roll boy).

  2. >I’m sorry, Roger, but Tim is MY secret boyfriend.

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >Yeah, Kelly, keep dreamin’ 😉

  4. >Well, I’m eternally optimistic 🙂

    Seriously, though. Tim has quite the female fan base. Dapper, erudite, “carry on”…what’s not to like?

    Good luck with the stalking!

  5. >Count me in Tim’s stalking line, too! (I’m tired of boy toys. Except Johnny Depp, of course.)

    Oh–and Roger is going to the extremely pricey Eric Carle dinner in NY, not the museum which is up here near me.


  6. >Lynn, there’s been a ton of coverage about fashion week and the four finalists (they all showed, though one is probably a “red herring” who didn’t make the final three). You can see the collections at

    Tim Gunn has now become my third great editorial idol, along with Ursula Nordstrom and Dick Jackson. I aspire to give feedback the way he does–completely to the point and on target, but each comment said with such respect that the designers aren’t offended. I think it’s a question of tone. I’m not kidding, I really try to learn from him.

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >Then there’s the Heidi kind, who only vaguely assimilates the editorial reports given to her by her colleagues, delivers them with more drama than conviction, and only talks to you if you’re the best or the worst.

    I’ve also seen–hell, been–the Michael kind of reviewer, whose flourishy bon mots and cleversticks remarks serve himself more than his subject.

  8. >What is the extremely pricey Eric Carle dinner event? Who is it for/honoring? Are you willing to share more details?

    …and how far back does one have to go to discover Elizabeth’s last name?

    Ever curious,
    Katherine Tillotson

  9. >who is this Tim who has entranced all you ladies ? I’m fasinated by the confusion between editorial and dressnaking. Or maybe they are the same thing?

  10. >I love the idea of dress snaking.

    Tim is one of the teacher/critics/ go-between on the reality show “Project Runway” that has entranced a number of us. And I don’t even LIKE fashion! (As one can tell from the way I dress.) He is the only non-bitchy person on the show, and that includes designers as well as the critical panel and occasionally the models.


  11. >thanks to Jane for the explanation.
    “Dressnaking” is a James Joyce word I think.

  12. >Thanks for the blog link Elizabeth! I have project runway links on my blog but forgot to add it to the bloglines account (my bad). What was I thinking? I know which designer I’d like to get the boot!

    Project Runway is one of my guilty tv pleasures, right up there with Dancing with the Stars and HGTV’s recently completed Design Star (it had VERN). I was so disappointed when I turned on Project Runway Wednesday evening and it was a repeat!

  13. >My name is Elizabeth Law, and because I think it’s relevant and informs the way I post, I’ll add that I’m associate publisher at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

    Now, on to the important stuff. Project Runway is, I believe, the most popular reality show around my office. It’s particularly popular with the art department and me. And I disagree with Roger’s assessment of Michael Kors–I think Kors is a fair judge, and shares one quality with good editors–he appreciates the designer’s work for what the designer is trying to achieve, and not for what he, Michael Kors, would have done.

    I have a gorgeous view of Manhattan from my apartment, but did Roger and I go out last night and experience the riches New York has to offer? No, after a quick bite we settled down for two episodes of Project Runway from Season Two that he had never seen. It was a lot of fun to see when the designers were instructed
    to take what they were wearing and make it into a different “look” for their model.

    Melissa Sweet tells me the show sparks her own creativity and that her stepdaughter has signed up for a sewing class. BTW, if anyone who posts on this blog is in NY on October 18, I’m having a finale party.

  14. >You all are too funny about watching this reality TV show for fun but also as a way to consider things like tone when editing and reviewing books! I’ve never seen the show, but I did see Roger’s “boyfriend” interviewed on Larry King Live, and he seemed very polite and articulate there. I’ll have to give PR a look!

    BTW–The pricey Eric Carle dinner in NYC is an awards dinner and fundraiser for the museum.

  15. >Thank you, Elizabeth.

    …and thank you Anonymous (Do you know what the award is and to whom it goes?)

    …and clearly I must watch Project Runway. I have never seen it!


  16. >I’m a newbie to Roger, Hornbook, and all of you, but I felt I should tell you all I am already Tim’s boyfriend.
    It’s never easy. He often comes into the kitchen when I’m cooking dinner, samples a bite, and says, “I don’t care for this. Make it work.”
    Getting a huge kick out of your stuff, Roger. Keep it coming!

  17. >You’re welcome, anonymous, and I’m sorry. As a member of the Carle Museum, I did receive an invitation to the event that said who the awards were going to, but I didn’t keep it, and I don’t remember the names. I suspect there will be a press release tomorrow and/or that Roger will fill his blog-readers in. I think I do remember that they are inaugural awards named after Carle(?), I think, or were they maybe named after someone else…? They might also be listed on the museum website, if you’d want to check there.

  18. >The worst thing about Library School is that I have class Wednesday nights and don’t get back from campus in time… plus, I have to do my reading for Thursday class… but that’s what TiVo is for, right?

    I, too, aspire to edit like Tim… he’s so helpful and polite that even when he trashes your work, you still feel uplifted and inspired–I think it’s in the way that he leaves you with hope. You can always “fix” it.

    The most telling Tim moment was when they went to Paris and Tim came on the plane and Jeffrey said that he didn’t know how he was going to live the rest of his life if he didn’t have Tim to just randomly show up and tell him to “make it work”.

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