Gertrude comes to NPR! Harper has republished Gertrude Stein's The World is Round on its 75th anniversary, a wonderful new edition of the original children's book she wrote in 1938, which was illustrated by my father.
All done in the magnificent pink and blue that Stein specified for the original, and with Clem's illustrations beautifully reproduced. And an afterword that my mother wrote in the 1980's.
I wrote a new introduction to it, and just did a short interview about the book with Don Gonyea of NPR, which will be broadcast this Saturday morning November 9th, on NPR Weekend Edition. Don't know the exact times it will be broadcast, but it will fit somewhere into their usual Saturday morning format. Don't know how long the interview will be by the time it gets aired, but I had fun doing it.
The dog story collection Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories has been published by Henry Holt, with my story Patty amongst them. Patty is a slightly off-kilter, half-fact mostly fiction rendition of life with a black lab in Vermont, where we spent our summers during my childhood(We still go there for most of the summer).
From the Holt blurb for the book:
Hilarious and heartwarming dog stories from nine renowned authors:
• Ann M. Martin
• Jon Muth
• Mark Teague
• Margarita Engle
• Thacher Hurd
• Valerie Hobbs
• Matt de la Peña
• Pam Muñoz Ryan
• Wendy Orr
For young readers who have ever wanted, known or loved a dog, the short stories in this anthology evoke the full spectrum of endearing doggy traits! With stories ordered from easiest to most difficult to read, this is a book for young readers of varying levels to enjoy.
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