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A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader

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In these pages, a few of nowadays’s most wonderful culture-makers―writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers―reflect At the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways through which the written word has formed their very own character. At the page facing each and every letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist’s visual response.

Among the varied 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, in addition to a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy’s first woman in space. One 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 within the Library of Congress archive
of culturally valuable materials; Edited by Claudia Bedrick, publisher, editorial
and art director of Enchanted Lion Books.

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