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Heather Hartley (Paris Editor): “Write me at length, my charming little vision,” wrote French poet Guillaume Apollinaire to his bien-aimée, Madeleine Pagès. “Little fairy, we had the same notion . . . neither of us must let too much time pass before sending news.” It was the First World War and Apollinaire was writing from the trenches of the Western Front about longing, artillery and an ardent request for Madeleine’s ring size. Some of his letters were written on birch bark and others included sketches or drawings. Tender, darling and daring, these Letters to Madeleine make the end of summer last a little bit longer.
Jakob Vala (Graphic Designer): In anticipation of the new prequel miniseries, I’ve begun rereading Neil Gaiman’s masterful Sandman comics. With art from some of the best illustrators in the industry, the 75 issue saga tells the story of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams as he “learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.”* Gaiman makes clever use of elements from Shakespeare, Greek mythology, pop culture, and various religions to craft a richly entertaining horror-laced fantasy saga.* from the forward to Endless Nights
Nanci McCloskey (Director of Publicity and Rights, Tin House Books): I just finished Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. I felt like reading something light and fun, and though Shipstead delivers on that promise, I wasn’t expecting the gorgeous sentences. The unusual descriptions. The novel is about the Van Meter family, Connecticut WASPs preparing for a wedding celebration of the oldest daughter at their summer home on an island. All of the characters are fully-faceted and, much to my surprise, every one of them managed to win me over in the end.