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Some Writer!: Melissa Sweet’s 2017 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

It is an honor to be here with my friends and colleagues whose work inspires me. I feel, as E. B. White wrote in Charlotte’s Web, “It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people.” When the idea for this book came to me, I kept it to myself […]

To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Salutations! I am honored to be here with all of you. I never met Zena Sutherland, but she’s been described as “short and feisty,” and I like short and feisty women, especially, as in Zena’s case, ones with passion and panache. When Zena was offered the job to become editor and sole reviewer for the […]

On Shoshana Flax’s “A Wrinkle in Troubled Times” (from 2016)

“Some of our very best fighters have come from your own planet.” —Mrs. Whatsit to Meg Murray About Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award–winning novel, the writer Anne Lamott said the following in a 2012 interview with The New York Times Book Review: “A Wrinkle in Time saved me because it so captured the grief and sense […]

Melissa Sweet Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Melissa Sweet has illustrated biographies of a number of historical figures — Horace Pippin (A Splash of Red), William Carlos Williams (A River of Words), Peter Mark Roget (The Right […]