RIP Frances Foster

RIP Frances Foster, editor of Holes.

Sad, sad news.  Long time Farrar Straus Girioux editor Frances Foster died on Sunday, June 8.  Sad.  Sadder.  Saddest.

Foster had an amazing career.  In 1999, a novel she edited, Holes by Louis Sachar, won the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  In taking the Newbery, it denied this honor to two other titles edited by Foster, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos and The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron.  Not enough for one season?  Tibet Through the Red Box by Peter Sís won a Caldecott Honor.

In addition to these authors, Foster also worked with Roald Dahl and Leo Lionni.

A friend of mine, Donna Bateman, actually had the honor of working with Foster at Chatauqua.  It was an experience that is still imprinted on her heart and her writing.

Somehow, I feel the urge to reread Holes.  Excuse me, please.


Frances Foster retires

FSG for YR logoFarrar Straus Giroux recently announced that long time editor, Frances Foster, is retiring following an illness.  The publisher also says that they will continue to publish the books she acquired under her own imprint, Frances Foster Books.  Foster’s authors include Hyewon Yum, Philip Pullman, Emily Jenkins, Barbara O’Connor, and Barbara McClintock.  Read their accolades to her at Publisher’s Weekly.