Blog posts by Margueritte Peterson

Margueritte Peterson received a BA in Children's Literature, and upon graduation made the trek from Florida to the California Bay Area to assist Vic Zoschak of Tavistock Books. She now enjoys blogging, developing catalogues, and managing social media outlets for several booksellers and independent shops around North America. Margueritte plays the piano, goes kitesurfing, and enjoys a close personal relationship with her Netflix account in her spare time. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden and Lolita. Don't psychoanalyze that.

Randolph Caldecott was born in March of 1846 in a city called Chester, England. He left school at the tender age of fifteen and went to work in a bank branch. In 1861 he saw published his first drawing – and despite the fact that he was to be most remembered for his humorous depictions and lively countryside scenes, Caldecott's first published work would be of a catastrophic fire at the Queens Railway Hotel in Chester which, along with his write-up of the event, appeared in the Illustrated London News. In his early twenties Caldecott was able to transfer to the Manchester & Salford Bank in the thriving Northern city and began to take night classes at the Manchester School of Art, all while continuing to have his sketches published locally. Upon making the acquaintance of Henry Blackburn and getting published in the London Society, Cald... [more A Tribute to Randolph Caldecott]

Throughout history, writers have been known to cause a stir. The Marquis de Sade was incarcerated in an insane asylum for his erotic tales. Oscar Wilde self-exiled himself to Paris for the unimaginable treatment he received for the “crime” of homosexuality. Harriet Beecher Stowe caused a flurry of activity around the anti-slavery act in the United States. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita was banned in many different countries, including France (you know it's controversial when even the French consider it obscene…). In modern days we have parents and schools banning books by authors like Judy Blume and Laurie Halse Anderson because they deal with sex and coming-of-age experiences in young-adult fiction. We can only imagine the hell-fire that would begin to burn should any school library choose to keep a holding of The Lover or The Ravishing... [more Marguerite Duras & the Minimal Novel]