Wally the Wordworm, written by Clifton Fadiman and illustrated by Arnold Roth was originally published in 1964 and has been brought back into print by David R. Godine publishers.
Clifton Fadiman’s daughter, Anne Fadiman -- an acclaimed author in her own right -- will talk about the genesis of the book and the world in which it was created.
A worm who lives on words, Wally finds himself starved for inspiration until discovers a magical book: the dictionary. He embarks upon a logomaniacal odyssey of epic proportions, munching on the likes of “ptarmigan” and “sesquipedalian.” Genuinely fun to read aloud, Wally the Wordworm instills in young readers a love of words and language and an early appreciation for their vast possibilities.
Clifton Fadiman was a distinguished American intellectual, author, editor, and radio and television personality. Over the course of his career, he was the editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, the book critic of The New Yorker, and the host of the popular radio program Information Please. He wrote three essay collections; co-authored The New Lifetime Reading Plan (1997); and edited many books, including The World Treasury of Children’s Literature (1984) and The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes (1985). He spent more than half a century on the editorial board of the Book-of-the-Month Club. In 1993, Fadiman received the National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Wally the Wordworm is illustrated by Arnold Roth, an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator whose work has been featured in Playboy, Esquire, and The New Yorker. A contributor to Punch for thirty years, he has published numerous books. His illustrations are in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Research Library at Ohio State University and the Cartoon Museum in London. He is also the illustrator of Speaking of Dogs, a Godine classic.
Anne Fadiman is the author of several books of non-fiction including The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, and Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader.
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Note, though this is a children's picture book, Anne Fadiman will be speaking about her father and his writing so the evening is mainly for adults.
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