About This Blog
I grew up haunting comic book stores and record stores. As a kid, these were my favorite activities and the browsing was even better than the taking comic books home and listening to music sometimes, because it left open the possibility of everything. In college, the art section of the bookstore replaced the comic/record store as my favorite place to spend time, and it has since moved around the sections according to my interest. The progression has been something like: Art>Literature>U.S. History>Travel>Computer Programming>Foreign Languages>Classics>Word Geek>Picture Books, where I know firmly reside.
As someone who’s worked in kid’s book publishing for 13 years, I’ve long felt that I should love the kid’s book section, and whenever in a store I would go pay my respects and pick up a couple of titles and have a look. What’s changed in my life is having a daughter, Galatea (Gal), who’s favorite activity is to curl up next to an adult and play in the world of a picture book. Sergio Ruzzier’s Amandina, Sophie Blackall’s Big Red Lollipop, and Tomi Ungerer’s The Three Robbers are thus far her three favorites, or rather, our three favorites to explore as a family together.
The other big change in my life is having spent the last year and a half putting together the Drawn in Brooklyn exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library, a 34-person sampling of illustrators in Brooklyn, and joining the Book Maker’s Dozen, a group of 13 book artists based in New York. Becoming friends with a large community of of illustrators and getting to see up-close the process of artists like Leo and Diane Dillon, Paul O. Zelinsky, Brian Selznick, and Boris Kulikov has moved my appreciation of the art of the picture book from the abstract to the tangible.
If there is a great thing about my current job, it is that I get sent to the best bookstores all around the country, all expenses paid. (Thank you, Viking!) I get to meet and hang out with incredibly nice and interesting people who love books, and have no choice but to spend many hours a day surrounded by kid’s books. This blog will be about those experiences, about the bookstores themselves, and about the books I find therein–what I think of them, and more importantly, what Galatea thinks of them.