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In the process of checking the bibliographic info of Judith Viorst’s forthcoming poetry collection What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person Needs a Poem (Atheneum/Dlouhy, February 2016), I happened to notice something a little more interesting than an ISBN:

viorst dedication 2

Visions ensued of a power friendship between two great ladies of long titles. Was the author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day buddies with the late author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? Is there, somewhere, a coffee shop whose walls still remember encounters of particularly quirky, snarky brilliance?

I squee-ed my way over to Elissa’s desk and showed her. In response, she produced Maybe a Fox (Atheneum/Dlouhy, March 2016), by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. Specifically, she produced its dedication page:

appelt dedication

For those keeping track, that’s another two authors dedicating their book to three more.

viorst_what are you glad about   appelt_maybe a fox
Maybe this is how authors get through the ups and downs of the writing process: they drink lots and lots of coffee together.

Shoshana Flax About Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. She is a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.



  1. Eric Carpenter says:

    Regarding the Applet dedication I’m pretty sure all the authors mentioned are in some way connected to Vermont College of Fine Arts. This may be the cynical side of me, but whenever I see an author mentioned in a dedication or acknowledgment I file that connection away and in the future ignore any blurbs one of these authors gives to the other.

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