George Plimpton Provides a Night on the Town for The Writer from Philadelphia
Publication Date: 2014-08-31
Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature, by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta, Candlewick 2014
Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature offers a wonderful story about Jerry Spinelli.
Plimpton had planned to take the couple to a Broadway show and then send them on their way. But when he found out that Jerry was an aspiring writer and that Eileen had spent almost all their money on the evening--$425!--leaving only $5 in their savings account, Plimpton was mortified. He decided it make it a "literary evening," and arranged to take the couple to the well-known retaurant Elaine's, a frequent haunt of New York City writers.
Buy the book to read about Jerry's encounter with Woody Allen.
I have my own Jerry Spinelli story. Invited to make a presentation at a teacher professional development institute in the Philadelphia area, at the last minute I heard institute leaders in a dither. Jerry Spinelli was a last-minute addition to the program but none of them knew anything about him and didn't know how to introduce him. Having just read his new book, I volunteered to make the introduction.
I told the audience how fortunate they were to hear from the author I was sure would be the recipient of the next Newbery Award. I held up a copy of Maniac Magee.
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