TITLE: Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy
SPEAKER: Leonard Marcus, Jon Scieszka
EVENT DATE: 2009/10/20
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
Considered one of America's leading authorities on children's books, historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus discusses his new book, "Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy" (Candlewick Press, 2009), during a program at the Library of Congress. Marcus' special guest is National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (www.childrensbookambassador.com) Jon Scieszka, himself a writer of some of the funniest books for children, including "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" (Penguin Group (USA), 1992) and "Robot Zot!" (Simon and Schuster, 2009).
Speaker Biography: Marcus began his publishing career with a widely acclaimed biography of "Goodnight Moon" author Margaret Wise Brown, called "Awakened by the Moon," (HarperPaperbacks), and last fall Houghton Mifflin released "Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs and the Shaping of American Children's Literature." In May 2008, Houghton Mifflin published his history of children's book publishing, a project 14 years in the making. Marcus, capable of discourse on a wide range of topics, also possesses a wry wit, hinted at in the picture book he created with his wife, Amy Schwartz, called "Oscar: The Big Adventure of a Little Sock Monkey" (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2006).
Speaker Biography: Jon Scieszka is the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature , a program sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Children's Book Council. He is the author of some of the best known and funniest books written for children, including "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," the "Time Warp Trio" chapter book series, the Caldecott Honor Book "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales" and the "Trucktown" series. Among several books that Scieszka will soon publish is "Robot Zot!" (2009), illustrated by David Shannon. Scieszka is the founder of Guys Read , a nonprofit literacy organization. He lives in New York.
SERIES: Books & Beyond