“Everything happens at the same time.”
The truth of this old saying was brought home to me again in 1992 when, within a matter of days, my son Jacob Henry Marcus was born and my first major book about children's literature, Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon, was published.
My biography of the author of Goodnight Moon had been ten years in the making, and in the course of my research I was privileged to interview 100 of the people—family members, teachers, childhood friends, editors, illustrators, and fellow writers—who were closest to Brown, and to become friends with several of them. Nearly all died years ago, and all were proud to have had the chance to share their memories of a woman and artist who had played a transformative role in their lives.
As 2017 begins, everything is once again happening all at once, and it's with great pleasure that I announce these new and upcoming publications, exhibitions, and events that honor Margaret Wise Brown's matchless legacy.
MARGARET WISE BROWN: AWAKENED BY THE MOON
(Harper Perennial, 1992)
Now in its 25th year!
“More than a finely etched, honest portrait of an artist, Margaret Wise Brown is an exciting, fast-paced glimpse into the very beginnings of the golden age of children's book publishing in America. Leonard Marcus has restored Brown to her rightful place as both pioneer and poet.”
“An absorbing biography.”
--The New York Times Book Review
Click here to read the story behind the cover photo of Brown.
THE RUNAWAY BUNNY: A 75th ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE
(HarperCollins, January 2017)
A companion to Goodnight Moon: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective.
The story behind one of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's best-loved picture books, with archival photographs, preliminary art, and an account of this hauntingly beautiful book's special place in our culture, from Kramer vs. Kramer to Wit and beyond.
GOLDEN LEGACY: THE STORY OF GOLDEN BOOKS
(Penguin Random House, February 2017)
Re-released in time for the 75th anniversary of Golden Books.
“What a grand story it is! A big book about the ‘Little Books’”.
Watch for news of the spring 2017 Golden Legacy national book tour.
STORY TIME: ESSAYS ON THE BETSY BEINECKE SHIRLEY COLLECTION OF AMERICAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE,
edited by Timothy Young
(Yale, January 2017)
A book showcasing recent scholarship at a leading American center for children's literature research.
“Seen & Heard: Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard’s The Noisy Book“ tells the back story of one of the last century's most innovative picture books and features preliminary art in the Beinecke Library's collection."
GLORIOUS FLIGHTS: THE ILLUSTRATION ART OF ALICE AND MARTIN PROVENSEN
On view at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, April 29-September 3, 2017. Related programming to be announced.
GARTH WILLIANS: ILLUSTRATOR OF THE CENTURY
On view at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) from June 8 to September 1, 2017, to be followed by a national tour. This exhibition will serve as the centerpiece of Abilene’s annual citywide Children’s Art & Literacy Festival, June 8-10, 2017. Watch for listings of a full schedule of talks and related activities.
Leonard with Norton Juster (left) and Jules Feiffer (right) on the steps of 153 State Street--the Brooklyn Heights row house where The Phantom Tollbooth was created.
Leonard (moderator) with artists Rick Meyerowitz, Edward Sorel, Roz Chast, and Roxie Munro, following their public conversation “The New Yorker's New York,” at the Katonah Museum of Art on November 3rd
Books of Wonder window display, November 2011
Leonard on stage with Jules Feiffer at the Eric Carle Museum, November 5, 2011
Leonard Marcus is one of the children's-book world's most engaging and versatile speakers.
Contact him about coming to your library, school, convention, or group meeting to give any the programs
listed below. Programs can also be planned to meet your group's specific needs.
Candlewick's Five Questions (Plus One) with Leonard S. Marcus
Video Duration: 3:18
NYPL Children's Literary Salon: Morality Books in the US
Video Duration: 1:53
The 50th Anniversary ofThe Phantom Tollbooth
Video Duration: 3:00
Children's Book Review: Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, by Leonard S. Marcus
Video Duration: 2:21
Maurice Sendak's Big Footed Children as Models of Resilience
Video Duration: 2:12
Leonard S. Marcus on the value of picture books
Video Duration: 1:56
Fiction Book Review: Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature by Leonard S. Marcus
Video Duration: 1:58
You Must Be Kidding: Cartoonists Making Children's Books with Author Leonard Marcus
Video Duration: 57:12
Leonard Marcus and Audrey Niffenegger: Shaping American Children's Literature
Video Duration: 50:25
Leonard Marcus on Maurice Sendak and Randolph Caldecott
Video Duration: 36:54
ATVT Leonard S Marcus vimeo
Video Duration: 29:53
The Children's Literary Salon - The ABC of It: A Live Google+ Hangout with Curator Leonard Marcus
Video Duration: 58:30
Picture This! Illustrators from Paris & New York Talk Shop
Video Duration: 1:18:15
Creating Children's Books Symposium, Session 4
Video Duration: 1:24:20
Picture Book Panel Discussion at Politics & Prose
Video Duration: 1:04:31
Doing the Write Thing, 1969-2015: A Literary Legacy Conversation
Video Duration: 54:15
A Wrinkle in Time: 2012 National Book Festival
Video Duration: 21:40