- You can also listen to the interview on the
site, read a chapter from the book and hear Susan read from The Dark is Rising -
this is a great resource.
- Sometimes the world gives off a glare “that’s
hard to look at directly,” says Susan Cooper, and for her, making sense of
things means engaging in fantasy -- “a way of getting to the truth without
looking at the real.” Cooper and fellow writer Gregory Maguire admit to working
out personally difficult questions, and often cosmic conflicts, in their books
of fantasy for children and adults.
Susan Cooper explores the ways that literary
fantasy helps children understand the world of adulthood. How do children
understand fantasy? What does it add to their lives? Why do adults find fantasy
in children's literature objectionable, even threatening? Cambride forum talk,
cosponsored by the Cambridge Public Library and The Horn Book magazine
with support from the Cambridge Community Foundation.