July 26, 2012
“I have a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old,” says [publisher] Simon. “I really believe in this generation. As a publisher and editor I love the [raised in the] Depression-era authors we worked with – Kurt Vonnegut, Howard Zinn, and Art Buchwald. They weren’t spoiled by excess optimism. The next generation coming up is skeptical in that same way. I’m excited to be publishing for them. Their approach is, we have all but blown it. Technology doesn’t solve anything.”
The first list includes two works of nonfiction: a multicultural history, A Different Mirror for Young People (Aug. 28) by Ronald Takaki (adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, who also adapted Zinn’s history), and a memoir by mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight (Oct. 23). In fiction, there’s a novella by James Lecesne, Trevor (Aug. 28); the book updates his 1994 Academy Award-winning short film of the same name, about a 13-year-old who feels scared and alone because of his sexuality. Celebrated Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason, whose adult novel LoveStar, was named Novel of the Year by Icelandic booksellers and is on Seven Stories’s fall adult list, has a whimsical fable for young readers, The Story of the Blue Planet (Oct. 23).
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