Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Dream-Come-True Invitation

I was sampling veggie burgers in a Costco aisle yesterday when I decided to check my email. My phone uploaded a message from Jennifer Hart of HarperPerennial; here's part of what she wrote:
... I was wondering if you would be interested in writing the foreword to the new edition of Emily of Deep Valley. I’m thrilled to be bringing this one back especially as so many fans cite it as among their favorites of Maud Hart Lovelace's books. I also think it touches on so many interesting themes that are still relevant today ...
I re-read the email, heart racing, tears blurring my eyes. The veggie burger guy watched with a look of concern as I managed to word this response on my iPhone:
Do you know how much I love Emily of Deep Valley? I have re-read it countless times since I discovered it as a newcomer to this country years ago in the Flushing library.
I am honored, thrilled, ecstatic, over-the-top, doing-a-Bollywood-Dance delighted.
I accept with gratitude and humility as I consider Ms. Lovelace's impact on me through the years.
Jennifer gave me permission to share this with you, so that's my Ta-Da announcement! Can you believe it? Anyone have a time machine? I want to find nine-year-old Mitali scouring the NYPL shelves for anything Maud Hart Lovelace and tell her the news.

27 comments:

Jenny said...

So very cool!

Jenny

Christine M said...

How great! I'm so excited for you!

Kara Schaff Dean said...

That's fantastic, congratulations! It is a book which is totally new to me--I am only familiar with the Betsy-Tacy-Tibb books, so I look forward to reading it. And knowing now that you have this connection to the book makes it all the more appealing :)

jama said...

Wow, that is too cool! So happy for you, Mitali!

Sherry said...

Wow, that's great. Eldest Daughter loves that book, too. Maybe I should give it a try.

Oh, and I loved Marcelo, too, and I hope it wins the Printz.

Sherry said...

ALthough I'm harboring a dark horse wish for a book called Secret Keeper.

Katie said...

Ah, Mitali, that made me tear up. I'm sure your intro will be wonderful and I am doing a big happy dance for you.

Kate S. said...

Hooray! I'm very excited that Emily of Deep Valley is coming back into print, and to have you writing the foreword makes my anticipation even greater.

Deva Fagan said...

Wow! Congratulations! I am a big MHL fan (I was just re-reading Emily over the holidays in fact, though that one always leaves me feeling faintly sad, compared to the rest) and I cannot wait to see what you have to say in the new reissue.

Sarah Rettger said...

How awesome! Another reason for me to make up my Maud Hart Lovelace deficit.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! Emily of Deep Valley is one of my favorite Lovelace titles, despite (or maybe because of) it being a bit "darker" than the sunnier Betsy Ray books. Maybe because I think of Emily as a late bloomer, and she gives hope to all of us late bloomers that it's never too late to "muster one's wits" when faced with a challenge! I can't wait to read your words in tandem with Maud's words!

Terry Doherty said...

That is so cool, Mitali! You made my day!

Jen Robinson said...

Congratulations, Mitali. That's so great! I especially loved what you said about telling nine-year-old Mitali the news. That's how I felt (on a smaller scale) when I got an email from Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Things our book-loving nine-year-old selves couldn't have even imagined. I'm really happy for you.

Laurie said...

What a great story--your excitement is inspiring--congratulations!

Vivian said...

What wonderful news, Mitali! I teared up, especially after reading how much the nine-year-old you loved the book. What an honor and dream-come-true. Congrats!

Jennie said...

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm all teared up just reading about it! Congratulations!!!!

LaurieA-B said...

I am so pleased for you, and for all the readers who will find Emily for the first time thanks to you and Jennifer. I can't wait for the upcoming Read Emily campaign (which I know will accompany the reissue).

Wendy said...

Truly an inspired idea of Jennifer's. I can't wait to read what you write; I know you'll be up to the task, but it must feel crazy intimidating. Congratulations!

Melissa Wiley said...

Mitali, I was tickled pink to hear this news. I'll be writing the foreword for the Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart reissue. My girls screamed so loud at this news you could probably hear it in Boston. :)

I don't know what I'm more excited about--that Emily, Carney, and Winona are coming back into print, or that I get to write the C/W foreword. And I can't wait to read yours for Emily! She is one of my favorites.

Radhika Breaden said...

This is wonderful news! As an Asian-Indian BT fan, I have always felt drawn to Emily and her portrayal and love for another cultural group. Do us proud, Mitali!

tanita davis said...

WOWWWWWWWWW!

To be involved in modern MG/YA is awesome, but to be trusted with the classics that we loved...!!!!!!! WOW. YAY for YOU!

BrunhildeCrow said...

I keep hearing that you are the perfect storm of tremendous writer and wonderful person - and this completely proves it! Congratulations!

Mitali Perkins said...

Thank you all SO much. News like this becomes exponentially more joyous as it's shared.

Ms. Yingling said...

Oh, how wonderful. I still recommend Heavens to Betsy to my students, and always tell them if they feel compelled to make fudge after reading it, they have to bring me some. I'll definitely be buying a copy of Emily!

Fran Manushkin said...

This is wonderful news, Mitali! I'm so pleased for you--and for us! I can't wait to read what you say.

beth said...

Congratulations! It must feel so neat to be presenting a dearly beloved book to a new generation.

Sarah N. said...

That's so awesome. Congratulations! I've never read Emily of Deep Valley though I've heard Melissa Wiley rave about it and wanted to. I love Betsy Tacy and I'm thrilled that I'm going to get a chance to own copies the series tie ins too.