Ada and the Galaxies: My Chapter 16 chat
with Alan Lightman and Susanna Chapman

h1 September 2nd, 2021 by jules

“‘Ama and Poobah,’ shouts Ada. ‘The fog’s gone. I can see the stars!
Wow! Come look. Come look.'”

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I’ve got a chat over at Tennessee’s Chapter 16 with author and physicist Alan Lightman and illustrator Susanna Chapman. Lightman wrote, along with Olga Pastuchiv, Ada and the Galaxies (September 2021), illustrated by Susanna. It’s the first children’s book in the inaugural list from MIT Kids Press, an imprint formed in 2020 between the university and Candlewick Press.

That Q&A is here.

And here at 7-Imp, I have a few spreads — and an illustration study (some shells from Susanna). As you will read in the Q&A, the illustrations for this book incorporate images of the Milky Way taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.




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“‘Here’s another galaxy,’ says Poobah. ‘It looks like a crab,’ says Ada. …”
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Susanna’s illustration study of mussel shells: “They are everywhere in Maine and
look just like tiny galaxies to me,” she told me in the Q&A …


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ADA AND THE GALAXIES. Text copyright © 2021 by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv. Illustrations copyright © 2021 by Susanna Chapman. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA. Illustration study reproduced by permission of Susanna Chapman.

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