My BookPage Chat with Melissa Sweet

h1 October 11th, 2016 by jules

“Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly. It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time, waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. … Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”
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I’ve got an interview with Melissa Sweet over at BookPage. Go, go, go read it if you’re so inclined, because I really enjoyed our phone chat. That is here over in BookPage land.

We discussed her brand-new biography. It’s called Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2016) — and it’s some book. Here at 7-Imp today, I’ve got some studio images and preliminary images from Melissa, as well as a bit of final art (which you can come back and look at when you’re done with the interview). That is below. I thank Melissa for sharing.


Pictured above: Early sketch and final art


Pictured above: Stuart Little collage in process
(last image is final collage)

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Above: Boathouse image in-progress
(last image is final art)

Pictured above: Sketch and final version of a chapter opener


Pictured above: Studio images
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Some final collages from the book
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SOME WRITER!: THE STORY OF E. B. WHITE. Copyright © 2016 by Melissa Sweet. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston. All images here reproduced by permission of Melissa Sweet.

3 comments to “My BookPage Chat with Melissa Sweet”

  1. Excellent behind the scenes sneak peek! I must go to the bookstore today!

  2. Just read & loved it–it’s stunning. A collage-homage 🙂

  3. […] Examples of Sweet’s creative process at 7 Impossible Things […]

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