In the late thirties my father illustrated The World is Round, the only published children's book by Gertrude Stein. HarperCollins will be publishing a reissue of the book, as an exact reproduction of the first edition, with bright pink pages and deep blue type. An unusual and beautiful modernist children's book unlike any other. I have written a short introduction, and there is also an essay about the making of the book, by my mother, Edith Thacher Hurd. Coming sometime next year.
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.
I've gotten distracted from children's books lately, and been wandering around doing all the things in life I always wanted to do. Somewhere on the list was the banjo, so I started... more...
In the back of the car, the old Ford station wagon, driving from California to Vermont in the fifties. I was an only child, in my own world in the back of the car. I could stay there all day... more...