Literature Program

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Earth's Daughters Collective presents

Norma Kassirer & Dennis Maloney


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Dennis Maloney is a poet, translator, and landscape architect. His own poetry includes the book The Map Is Not The Territory, and his translations include The House in the Sand by Pablo Neruda and The Landscape of Castile by Antonio Machado. He is currently working on translations of works of Juan Ramon Jimenez and Yosano Akiko. Dennis is also the founding editor/publisher of the highly respected White Pine Press.

Norma Kassirer's first book was Magic Elizabeth, the enduring novel for children first published in hard cover by Viking Press in 1966. Several paperback editions by major publishers—Scholastic, Knopf-Random House, and most recently Harper-Collins (1999)—have kept the book continuously in print. The book is included in The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children. A second novel for children, The Doll Snatchers, was also published by Viking (1969). Short stories and articles for adults have appeared in a variety of magazines. The Hidden Wife, a collection of some of her stories, was published by Shuffaloff Press in 1991. Her poetry is written for adults.

100% of its reader reviewers on give Magic Elizabeth the maximum five stars. These remarks are typical: Ruby K.: "I read this book over and over as a kid of eight or nine-it was an especially good book to curl up with when I was feeling lonely or blue. My dog-eared copy gave out finally, and I never could find another. … Imagine my joy when this lovely book came available again! It is sweet without being cloying, an adventure mystery without villains or violence, a puzzle to be solved without competition, a 'growing up' book without preachiness…. Its charm is boundless." M. Cohen: "… this book is a timeless wonder." Frances Retes: "It is a beautiful, magical story." Deborah Gabsy: "I read this book for the first time when I was 10 years old and reread it many, many times that year. It was my very favorite book. …It is a wonderfully evocative story and a treasure…[an] amazing book."

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