Regarded as one of the most engaging and versatile speakers in the children's book world, author Leonard S. Marcus will discuss his latest work, Minders of Make Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature on Wednesday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
A 6 p.m. reception precedes the discussion.
Born and raised in New York, Marcus holds degrees in history from Yale and poetry from the University of Iowa Graduate Writers' Workshop. His highly acclaimed books about children's literature and the authors and artists who create them include: Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; A Caldecott Celebration; Author Talk; Side by Side; Ways of Telling; Storied City; and The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy. Leonard is one of the most trusted critics in the field. His incisive book reviews have been featured in Parenting magazine in every issue since the monthly's founding in 1987. In addition, Leonard has been a Parenting contributing editor since 1988 and has directed the magazine's annual Best Books of the Year Awards since their inception in that year. He has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, The Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, among other publications, and is a three-time judge of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year prize.
Admission to the presentation is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or visit us online.