1. Marc Simont: November 23, 1915–July 13, 2013

    We were sad to learn of the death of beloved children’s book illustrator Marc Simont. Simont illustrated three books in the New York Review Children’s Collection: Ruth Krauss’s Backward Day and James Thurber’s much-adored  The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O. He is probably best known, though, for his work on the Caldecott-winning A Tree is Nice and the Nate the Great series.

    You can see a few of his drawings below (from top: The Backward Day, The 13 Clocks, The Wonderful O) and read the New York Times obituary for Simont here.




  2. My Ideal Bookshelf

    Holiday shopping late last year our eyes were caught by the cover of My Ideal Bookshelf. It’s a collection of book selections by over one hundred cultural figures, the books that matter most to them, edited by Thessaly La Force and with beautifully painted spines by Jane Mount. Of course our automatic response was to see which NYRB titles made the grade, and after going through the entire book we can present our findings to you, dear reader:

    Hilton Als chose Peasants and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov: “I began to see that was creating a universe out of cloth. He was creating stories about his society, Russia, in miniature. He wasn’t doing these big Tolstoyan numbers. He was building brick by brick.”

    Rosanne Cash chose Here is New York by E. B. White (from the Little Bookroom imprint).

    Tobias Frere-Jones chose Ounce Dice Trice by Alastair Reid and Ben Shan.

    Daniel Handler chose The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzati: “The voice is erudite but useless. It’s supposed to be omniscient but it doesn’t know everything. It worries. It’s philosophically digressive.”

    Maira Kalman chose Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser.

    George Saunders chose Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

    Wells Tower chose The Book of Ebenezer le Page by G. E. Edwards and The 13 Clocks by James Thurber.

    Vendela Vida chose Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick.

    Alice Waters chose A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David (in a collection) and The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka.

  3. Neil Gaiman on The Simpsons

    Neil Gaiman is going to be on The Simpsons this Sunday, and if you think animation and Gaiman go hand-in-hand we highly recommend this animated video of James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks from B&N.com. Gaiman narrates the video, and wrote the introduction to our book. Here’s the first the first couple sentences from his introduction: “This book, the one you are holding, The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, is probably the best book in the world. And if it’s not the best book, then it’s still very much like nothing anyone has ever seen before, and, to the best of my knowledge, no one’s ever really seen anything like it since.”


  4. Happy Halloween from Neil Gaiman and James Thurber →

    Barnes and Noble Review and BN.com put together this lovely animation of James Thurber’s fractured fairytale, The Thirteen Clocks. Neil Gaiman, who selected the book to be animated, narrates.

    The film was developed by the creative department at Team Detroit, under Toby Barlow’s leadership and animated by Nola Pictures.