One Word, 6 Million Times: “And Every Single One Was Someone.”

And Every Single Word Was SomeoneToday is the the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and UN General Assembly has designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

It started innocently enough. As a math and Jewish studies teacher in a Jewish day school, Phil Chernofsky was looking for a different and meaningful way for his students to relate to the Holocaust.

From that challenge comes  “And Every Single One Was Someone”

The  cover depicts a Jewish prayer shawl and has no words.

The entire book consists of just one word: Jew. It is repeated 6 million times.

Each page has 40 columns of 120 lines — 4,800 “Jews.” The font is, of course,  Minion.

The book weighs 7.3 pounds.

The publisher’s goal is to eventually to print six million copies.

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The publisher has also released a limited edition that is bound in a Tallis.

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Story in the New York Times: Holocaust Told in One Word, 6 Million Times

Lead photo: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

What’s Your Favorite Animal? A benefit for the home for picture book art

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To benefit the The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Henry Holt and Company and 14 “heroes of picture book art”  have joined forces for the new book, What’s Your Favorite Animal?

“The idea of getting some of the world’s most talented and beloved picture book creators to contribute to a book that benefits a museum celebrating the art of the picture book was just too perfect. We could not be more excited to be part of bringing this book to life,” says Jonathan Yaged, president of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, which includes Henry Holt.

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The illustrious list of illustrators include Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems.

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These are the people who, if you’re a parent, are responsible for bringing a smile to our kids faces, and most of our faces, on a nightly basis. I also know that many of the books created by these artists have gotten me through some pretty eventful evenings with the kids.

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There will be also  celebration of the book featuring the original illustrations. Eric Carle and Friends: What’s Your Favorite Animal? at the museum in April, 2014.

Families are also encouraged to submit drawings of their favorite animals for digital display in the gallery.

Book available here

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Horror writer’s ‘Death Collection’ to be unveiled at Northwestern

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Northwestern University is set to unveil a collection of death related goodies courtesy of noted horror novelist and screen writer Michael McEachern McDowell.

McDowell wrote dozens of novels and the screenplays for Stephen King’s novel “Thinner” and director Tim Burton’s movies “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” He also wrote episodes for such  television shows as “Tales from the Darkside” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

Needless to say McDowell was very qualified for such an undertaking.

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 The hanging of the co-conspirators in the Abraham Lincoln assassination in Washington, DC.


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The collection is comprised of 76 boxes of material featuring everything from books and photos to coffins and death pins.

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  Broach like pins worn by women after the death of a loved one


What a way to celebrate the Day of the Dead!

All images by M. Spencer Green/AP

AP story: School to unveil writers death collection