Posts tagged “Ronald Takaki”
October 17, 2013
It is Triangle Square’s mission to combine social justice and good storytelling and share with a reading audience of young adults and children. With our Young People’s series, we have put important books about history, society, and science in the hands of young readers who will grow to shape our world.
But what is it like adapting these adult books, with what people often regard as adult ideas and themes, for a young audience? And what was it like working with the late-greats such as Ronald Takaki? We asked Rebecca Stefoff to fill us in:
“The most challenging part of adapting texts for young readers is deciding what to take out and what to put in. Because the YA version is shorter than the parent book, I must cut some material. Cuts can range from a sentence to a whole chapter, but I have to be careful to preserve all of the key points, along with the evidence that supports them.
March 22, 2013
Check out this wonderful 2008 interview with Ronald Takaki, the author of A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America.
October 29, 2012
Yesterday afternoon, with the sky darkening as Hurricane Sandy slowly approached, four authors braved the winds to help us celebrate the launch of Triangle Square, books for young readers, at Bank Street Books.
Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon kicked off the afternoon thanking the dedicated crowd of supporters and expressing his commitment to publishing challenging and imaginative books for the most important group of readers, the younger generation.
The photo shows James Lecesne, author of Trevor: A Novella, Laurie Rubin, author of Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight, Andri Magnason, author of The Story of the Blue Planet, Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon, and Rebecca Stefoff, adaptor of A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki.
October 16, 2012
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (Seven Stories Press, October 16 2012), by Ronal Takaki and adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, goes on sale today! Check out this great review from the October 15th edition of Booklist.
“In 1993, Takaki wrote his seminal, yet readable, work A Different Mirror. In the second edition (2008), he revised some chapters and added others that focus on newer immigrants, legal and illegal, presenting views from the perspectives of both minority and immigrant groups and white, Eurocentric populations. As he stated in the final chapter, “White Americans will not be a majority for much longer—America will truly be a nation of minorities.” Here Stefoff takes Takaki’s book and adapts it for middle-grade and younger high-school readers, reducing the original by about 150 pages and revising some vocabulary to make it more accessible for the intended audience. She has retained quotations from the original and maintained the carefully cited chapter notes.
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.
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