Margaret Wise Brown: Doing Her Up Right
As you may have heard, Mr. Leonard Marcus, our foremost Margaret Wise Brown scholar out there, will be speaking at my library this coming Saturday at 2:00 p.m. about the lady’s life and work. But before he prepared for this speech, he recently conducted a lovely tour of the stomping grounds of Ms. Brown during her life here in NYC.
Linda Marshall was kind enough to send me some pics from the walk itself. All credit is entirely to her!
Leonard begins the tour:
He discusses The Little Red School House in front of the building in question:
And here we have the little cottage that Margaret Wise Brown used as her studio. The cottage is now in the Village, but it had been located on the upper East Side. Tiny little bit of a thing. Gets quite dwarfed by the monster behind it.
But was that all the MWB celebrating that happened recently? I tell you here and now that it was not! As I may have mentioned before, Brenda Bowen had the singular idea to celebrate MWB’s 100th birthday in an original fashion. Since MWB and her agent Ursula Nordstrom are said to have had tea on the steps of NYPL to be snarky to Anne Carroll Moore (resident librarian), why not reenact the moment? So with at least two NYPL librarians in tow (myself and Jeanne Lamb) Brenda, illustrator Stephen Savage, and a host of fine folks, we celebrated her b-day in style.
Here is a picture, taken by the aforementioned Mr. Savage, of Monica Edinger, myself, Dianne Hess, Jeanne Lamb, Brenda Bowen, and the fabulous Lori Ess.
Ironically, we didn’t have a copy of Goodnight Moon on hand, so I ran into the children’s room and checked out a copy. Sort of the perfect capper to the day. You can read Monica’s telling of the event here, and Brenda’s own telling here.
Good times. Thanks to Mr. Savage for the picture.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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