Saying a Fond Farewell

Retirement Party

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

It’s hard to believe, but after twenty-seven years with Lerner Publishing Group, I am retired. My last day was Friday, March 29, 2019. The company had a wonderful sendoff for me, with cake and gifts and wonderful speeches. The photo above shows me with some of my amazing colleagues, with whom I’ve been privileged to work on so many TFCB books.

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In the News with TFCB: Speaking Up for What Is Fair and Right

fake news, exposing hate

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

Over the years, TFCB has tackled some extraordinarily tough topics for YA readers. Our Spring 2019 list is no exception, with Fake News and Exposing Hate coming out from Mike Miller, one of the imprint’s newest writers. (Welcome, Mike!) The subject matter is tough because it reflects trends in American life that are frightening and that destabilize our faith in the reliability of powerful leaders and in the media as a check on authority. How can we make sense of these trends, and what can we do as individuals to make a difference for the good? Read More

Meet the Authors: Christy Mihaly and Sue Heavenrich

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

It’s not every day that you meet someone who says, “How about publishing this manuscript about eating bugs?” That’s exactly what happened when I met Christy Mihaly at a writers’ conference in New York a couple of years ago. She and her writing partner Sue Heavenrich had a fantastic idea for a book on just that subject. Together we expanded the scope of the book to include invasive species, weeds, wild plants, and feral species. Complete with recipes and interviews with chefs and ordinary people who love getting creative with unusual sources of food. It turns out that much of the rest of the world is way ahead of the United States! Read More

Yep, I’m a Fan!

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

When I was a young girl growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, I was a big fan of reporter Brenda Starr. She was the protagonist of a comic strip by the same name, created by Dalia Messick (who went by the professional name of Dale Messick). I loved Brenda’s glamorous life as a girl reporter. In fact, at the time during which I was enamored of her (late 1960s), the comic strip wasn’t syndicated in the newspaper my family read, so I would run down the street in the early morning to read the latest panel in the Chicago Tribune on a neighbor’s stoop before that family got up. Read More