ESCFB Chooses Next Stop Grand Central to Represent New York at National Book Festival
By: Rocco Staino, Chairman, Empire State Center for the Book
The Empire State Center for the Book has selected Maira Kalman’s Next Stop Grand Central (Penguin) to represent New York State at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington DC. The book is the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading Map”. Each state selects one title of fiction or non-fiction, a book about the state or by an author from the state that is a good read for children or young adults. The map is distributed at the Pavilion of the States at the Festival and lists “Great Reads About Great Places”.
“From wailing tots to dogs on leashes to parting lovers to streaking commuters, all the familiar and eccentric sorts are represented, with great originality and in brilliant color,” wrote the New York Times when the book was first released in 1999. Penguin Young Readers Group has reissued it in celebration of the 100 Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal.
The selection was be formally recognized at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Induction on June 4th where Alice McDermott, Marilyn Hacker, Walter Mosley, Calvin Trillin, and Maurice Sendak, among others, were inducted during a gala dinner held at the Princeton Club of New York.
The National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall on September 21 & 22, 2013. It will feature award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festivalgoers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters, and participate in a variety of learning activities. The Pavilion of the States will represent reading and library promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. trusts and territories.