"I don't know of a better novel about the costs and rewards of being a truth teller, nor of any book that made more readers of my generation want to become fiction writers. I love the story of Harriet so much I feel as if I lived it." -Jonathan Franzen
Harriet turns fifty this year, though she doesn't look a day over eleven. Two of the contributors to the anniversary hardcover edition of this children's classic will discuss their experience with the book and its impact on generations of readers and writers, joined by experts in the field of children's lit and its application to the world today. Moderated by Anna Holmes.
Elizabeth Winthrop is the author of over sixty works of fiction, including the children's novels Counting on Grace and The Castle in the Attic.
Rebecca Stead is the author of Liar & Spy, First Light, and When You Reach Me, which won the Newbery Medal.
Lizzie Skurnick is the editor of Lizzie Skurnick Books, and imprint devoted to reissuing the best YA from the 1930s to 1980s. The former columnist for Jezebel's Fine Lines column, she is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, NPR, and many other outlets, as well as an editor at Medium.com.
Anna Holmes is a New York City-based writer and editor and the creator of Jezebel.com. She has published two books, 2002's Hell Hath No Fury and 2013's The Book of Jezebel. She has written and edited for numerous publications and is currently a columnist for The New York Times Book Review.