Saturday, April 30, 2011

Meeting Arthur A. Levine

Last night I had the opportunity to hear Arthur A. Levine speak. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press, works with new and established authors and illustrators in America and seeks to bring the best of the world's literature to the U.S.

As an editor, publisher, and now author, he has incredible insight into the writing world. And what stories he shared. And words of wisdom for writers and readers alike. He's been around the business, breathed the business, and lived the business. He read his own picture book Monday is One Day, aloud and told the personal story behind its writing.

From Aruthur's furtive meetings in England with Harry Potter's English editor, to locking Harry Potter manuscripts in his household safe, to his love for illustrated picture books, to the writing of his own very personal picture book, Arthur delighted his intimate audience at Wild Rumpus Bookstore in Minneapolis.

One thing he said, perhaps more than any other, inspired my writer's heart, "There's a book for every moment of your life." Yes, there certainly is. And now I will get back to writing one that will someday nestle into a certain moment of yours.