Oh, and one more thing: the cover and interior art, by Ian Schoenherr, is gorgeous and pitch-perfect. There’s one image at the beginning of each chapter (and just a few scattered illustrations elsewhere); each one hints at something that will come later in the chapter, but without being too explicit. It’s a delicate balance, drawing the reader forward without giving away too much, and Schoenherr does a superb job. One look and you’ll see why Meloy said one of the most rewarding things about writing a kids’ book was getting to have illustrations in it.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
More about The Apothecary at Wired - including this nice comment...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
If you’d like to take this blue horse back to your stable, now’s your chance:
He’s up for auction and can be found on The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Charity Auction website and on Ebay.
The auction ends Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 9:01 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) - which is just after midnight October 27th on the East Coast.
Bid early. Bid often. Support a worthy cause. Help a horse out.
Friday, October 14, 2011
The New York Times Book Review devotes a whole page to The Apothecary in the issue of Sunday, October 16, 2011...
Meloy weaves fantasy into a fine work of historical fiction, bringing to life the cold-war era when everyday life was permeated by fear of nuclear disaster and Russian spies lurking everywhere. More important, though, she brings to her first book for young readers the same emotional resonance that has won acclaim for her adult fiction, grounding her story in the intricacies of family love, friendship and loyalty, blended here with the complicated fluctuations of adolescence.The review even reprints one of my interior illustrations. The cropping - or, rather, the lack of cropping - leaves something to be desired (all of my deliberately unfinished stuff around the edges is revealed), but I’ll take it.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
From another interview with Maile Meloy, this time all the way from Australia:
Ian Schoenherr did the beautiful illustrations, and he’s incredibly talented. He really captured the texture and the fantastical element of the book, and because he has a wonderful realistic, technical drawing ability, the magical aspects feel real. He was the perfect illustrator for it.