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Books of Wonder Needs To Raise $100,000 to Survive

Books of Wonder, a New York City-based children’s bookstore, must raise a minimum of $100,000 to stay in business. The independent bookseller has turned to the crowd-funding site indiegogo for the campaign.

As of this writing, they have received more than $20,000 in contributions. The campaign will last for 30 more days. Backers, depending on the amount they donate, can claim a number of special rewards including a Maurice Sendak collection (four signed books), a birthday party at the store and deluxe Harry Potter film posters.

Here’s more about this fundraising campaign: “When we moved into our current space eight years ago, we leased out 40% of the space to a well-established NYC bakery to provide a cafe for our customers. Unfortunately, the Great Recession was even harder on cupcakes than children’s books and they were forced to close, still owing us many months back rent and utilities. Worse still, with the economy hurting, we could not find a new subtenant, and so had to pay the rent on the space we had previously rented. The result of these unexpected expenses, is that BOOKS of WONDER has had to layout over $300,000 in rent and utilities that we expected to be paid by our subtenant. This has strained our resources to the limit. And that is why we are launching this campaign.”

John Vitale Leaving HarperCollins

John Vitale is leaving HarperCollins this month. He worked with authors that included Kurt Vonnegut, Maurice Sendak and Shel Silverstein.

Here’s more from the company memo: “John joined the company in April 1977 when Harper & Row acquired Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. In 1978, he was named Production Director for the Children’s Division. In 1998 he was promoted to Vice President of Book Production, where he added the Adult Trade Group to his existing responsibilities of Children’s and Audio.”

The publisher will promote Tracey Menzies to VP of production and creative operations to replace Vitale.

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What If Maurice Sendak Had Drawn The Avengers?

Artist Hannah Friederichs has created a beautiful tribute to the late Maurice Sendak, painting The Avengers comic book heroes in the style of the children’s book author. Click the photo embedded above to enlarge.

If you visit Friederichs’ page, you can download wallpaper versions of the drawing. On Tumblr, you can see some concept sketches and close-ups of the drawing.

Here’s more from the artist: “Two things on my mind today: RIP Maurice Sendak. Yay Avengers. Okay- I put together some wallpapers using the original- I tried to make them as big as possible and cover the major aspect ratios. You can download them here. Enjoy!” (Via io9)

Maurice Sendak & His Brother

Writing about the death of Maurice Sendak, the New York Times reported that My Brother’s Book will be posthumously published next February: “a poem written and illustrated by Mr. Sendak and inspired by his love for his late brother, Jack.”

The brothers forged an early partnership as writers. Jack Sendak died in 1995 and published six kid’s books (including Circus Girl and The Happy Rain with illustrations by Maurice). His HarperCollins biography explored their relationship:

Jack Sendak was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. He began writing at a very early age, working with his brother, Maurice, writing and illustrating their own story books. Sendak often credited his father for his love of books, citing inspiration from nightly bedtime reading. Reviewers have called Jack Sendak’s books humorous, magical, and mysterious. Having served in the US Army during World War II, Jack Sendak went on to work for Emerson Radio and Television, as well as the US Postal Service.

Maurice Sendak Has Died

Maurice Sendak has passed away, leaving behind a lifetime of beloved children’s books, including Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There.

This GalleyCat editor will never forget reading Where the Wild Things Are to his daughter for the first time. Months before she could speak, she could growl like the dreamy monsters lurking in that book. Sendak’s poem and picture book about his late brother, My Brother’s Book, will be published in February.

Here’s more from the New York Times: “A largely self-taught illustrator, Mr. Sendak was at his finest a shtetl Blake, portraying a luminous world, at once lovely and dreadful, suspended between wakefulness and dreaming. In so doing, he was able to convey both the propulsive abandon and the pervasive melancholy of children’s interior lives.” Read more

Stephen Colbert Lands Deal for Children’s Book

TV host and author Stephen Colbert has inked a book deal with Grand Central Publishing for his children’s book, I Am a Pole (and So Can You!). Publication is set for May 8, 2012.

Here’s more from the publisher: “The book came about as a result of a two-part interview that Stephen Colbert did last month with legendary children’s book author, Maurice Sendak, on The Colbert Report. During the interview, Colbert gave viewers a preview of a children’s book he was in the midst of writing. The interview went viral and immediately became an internet sensation, with fans clamoring for copies of the book.”

Colbert quipped in the release: “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to write a children’s book. I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.” Trident Media Group CEO Dan Strone and Dixon Talent agent James Dixon negotiated the deal with Grand Central publisher Jamie Raab.

Stephen Colbert Pitches Picture Book Idea to Maurice Sendak

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert interviewed Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak this week. Follow these links to watch part one and part two of the interview.

According to Shelf Awareness, Colbert “turned [to Sendak] for advice on becoming a celebrity children’s author, pitched his sequel idea for Where the Wild Things Are 2: Still Wildin’ (featuring action star Vin Diesel) and generally let the wild rumpus begin.”

During the interview, some of the “rumpus” that emerged included Sendak’s opinion on the current state of children’s literature; he finds it “abysmal” and thinks that “most books for children are very bad.”

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Maurice Sendak Profiled by Dave Eggers

On September 6th, Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak will release Bumble-Ardy. This picture book will be the first publication Sendak has written and illustrated completely on his own since Outside Over There (1981).

Writer Dave Eggers profiled the 83-year-old Sendak for a piece in Vanity Fair (Eggers wrote The Wild Things, a novel loosely based on Where the Wild Things Are). According to the article, Sendak has spent the last three decades illustrating books and designing operas. 

Here’s more from the article: “Like all Sendakian rumpuses, it [Bumble-Ardy] gets out of hand, and for 10 pages we’re treated to the most bizarre tableau of celebrants, all in costume: pigs dressed as monsters, pigs dressed as cowboys and Indians, pigs dressed as old ladies painted garishly. As with any Sendak book, the pictures are full of references and echoes. One pig is reading a newspaper that says, WE READ BANNED BOOKS. A sheriff’s yellow badge calls back to the Warsaw Ghetto. Messages are written in Hebrew, Italian, Russian.” (via The Guardian)

Garth Risk Hallberg Offers 7 Ways to Kindle-Proof Your Manuscript

How many books an you read that could never have an eBook edition? Over at The Millions, author Garth Risk Hallberg offered seven ways to “Kindle-proof” your manuscript.

Some of the simpler ways include using color, adding illustrations, and playing with typeface. Ten titles that Hallberg lists which employ these methods include The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

The fourth step recommends that you “run with scissors.” Here’s more from Hallberg’s piece: “The opening story of John Barth‘s Lost in the Funhouse, famously invites readers to take scissors to it and create a Mobius strip. This cut-up aesthetic is more literal in Jonathan Safran Foer‘s Tree of Codes, which slices and dices the pages of Bruno Schulz‘s Street of Crocodiles to create pages like lace. It’s a piece of found prose-poetry whose sentences change as you turn the page. Except on the Kindle, where it doesn’t – and couldn’t – exist.”

100,000 Stories Before Bed for Military Parents

Have you ever done a funny voice for Sam I Am in Dr. SeussGreen Eggs & Ham? Have you acted our scenes in your pajamas from Maurice Sendak‘s Where the Wild Things Are? The storytelling app A Story Before Bed will extend this bedtime ritual for military service overseas–offering 100,000 free story recordings for our troops.

Using the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app, military service people can produce videos of themselves reading a story to their children. The company has already  given away 3,400 recordings to our troops. Earlier this year, we interviewed A Story Before Bed founder Hillel Cooperman about his iPad app. The video embedded above introduces the project.

Here’s more about the project:  “The team behind A Story Before Bed is dedicated to connecting children with parents, grandparents, and loved ones through reading. And we’re especially dedicated to connecting families and loved ones who can’t always be together. When parents give up seeing their children for weeks or months at a time in the service of their country, we want to do our small part. Parents who are members of one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deploying or already deployed away from their children for any amount of time are eligible to sign up for free recordings from A Story Before Bed.”

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