A Velocity of Being

A Velocity of Being

Letters to A Young Reader

Book - 2018
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In these pages, some of today's most wonderful culture-makers--writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers--reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist's visual response.

Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy's first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware,Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman.

This project is woven entirely of goodwill, generosity of spirit, and a shared love of books. Everyone involved has donated their time, and all profits will go to the New York Public Library systems.

Edited and introduced by
Maria Popova , who has been writing since 2006 about what she reads on Brain
Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is now included in the Library of Congress archive
of culturally valuable materials; Edited by Claudia Bedrick , publisher, editorial
and art director of Enchanted Lion Books.
Publisher: New York : Enchanted Lion Books , 2018.
ISBN: 9781592702282
Branch Call Number: j 028.55 VELOCITY
Characteristics: 256 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Apr 10, 2019

I wonderful, heartwarming collection of (love) letters & illustrations that present reading in all its glory. The book itself is made with love and great attention to detail. (Don't miss the final note about 'endpaper'.)
A must for every bookworm at heart.

Mar 23, 2019

I am loving this book! A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader, edited by Maria Popova (Brainpickings) and Claudia Bedrick, is a collection of over 250 letters from authors, poets, philosophers, composers, actors, astrophysicists... written to a young reader. They are magic. Martha Nussbaum says, "I work a lot in India, where a majority of poor people are illiterate. Here's what one woman in her thirties, a manual labourer, said about the experience of learning to read for he first time: "Whenever I am alone, I sit with the books. If someone behaves badly with me I go home and sit with the books. And my mind becomes better."" This made me so aware of the privilege of literacy and having books to read. Every letter has entered my heart in its own way. Read it. Buy it, especially if you have a young reader in the house. Buy an extra copy to give to a young reader niece or nephew or grand-daughter...


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