December 2018 Children's & Young Adult Lead Titles

A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader edited by Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick

A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader
edited by Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick


Hardback | Dec 2018 | Enchanted Lion Books | 9781592702282 | 280pp | 261x194mm | Temporarily unavailable | GEN | AUD$45.00, NZD$49.99

Age range 10+

An expansive collection of love letters to books, libraries, and reading, from a wonderfully eclectic array of thinkers and creators.

In these pages, some of today’s most wonderful culture-makers—writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers—reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist's visual response.

Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy’s first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman.