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A Note from Me (Mar 12, 2021)

Dear friends: Cindy urges us all to keep an eye out for virtual bookstore events happening in our neighborhoods, which, given the nature of virtual events, is EVERYWHERE. How to choose? I see that Cindy’s neighborhood bookstore, Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Story, just had an event with adult historical fiction...

Norton Passes Go

A poem by Jane Yolen in remembrance of her friend Norton Juster (1929-2021): So, the unexpected, which he always expected, happened when he had lost the ability to expect anything at all. At the same time he became a phantom, he became a father to us all. If there is...

R.I.P. Norton Juster

I was lucky enough to hear Norton Juster (1929–2021) speak at the Boston Public Library a few years ago, and brought a copy of The Phantom Tollbooth that had been passed down from my mother to me. I half-apologized for its well-loved appearance. “It’s either well-loved or well-hated,” he said. “Well-loved,” I repeated....

Review of The Phantom Tollbooth audiobook

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; read by Rainn Wilson Intermediate    Listening Library 4 CDs    4.68 hrs.    978-1-9848-8703-0    $20.00 Juster’s classic tale about a bored boy named Milo who finds adventure and fodder for the mind in the Lands Beyond gets new attention in this audio production read by actor...

“If the Foo Shits, Wear It”: Norton Juster at the BPL

Norton Juster's book signing. Photo: Cynthia K. Ritter. Last night I attended the Boston Public Library’s Lowell Lecture Series in the Rabb Lecture Hall of the Central Library in Copley Square to hear Norton Juster talk with Simmons professor Megan Lambert. I enjoyed listening to this renowned author tell stories...

Review of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

The Annotated Phantom Tollboothby Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer; annotated by Leonard S. MarcusKnopf    284 pp.10/11   978-0-375-85715-7   $29.99Library ed. 978-0-375-95715-4   $32.99If ever there were a twentieth-century children’s book that deserved an annotated edition, it’s Juster and Feiffer’s masterpiece, first published fifty years ago. Filled with...

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