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20 June 2009 ·

Nim’s Island at the New York Public Library

Loving being back in New York City; my first visit here was when I was planning Nim at Sea and wanted to walk everywhere that Nim would go (though I took the Staten Island ferry instead of swimming in). It’s been fun revisiting some of the favourite places we’ve been before, but mostly – apart from the best of all, the family time, and catching up with editors who’ve become friends – we’ve explored new places and museums: Natural History, the Frick, the Cloisers, and the Met: each wonderful in their own way, each providing the thrill of learning, closely followed the humility of realising how little I know of their topics.

Tomorrow is a visit to another favourite site: the New York Public Library; the home of the beautiful stone lions on the steps outside (and the original Winnie the Pooh inside). I’m incredibly excited about being invited to speak there.

So if you’re in NYC tomorrow – Saturday 20th June – come to the NYPL Children’s Center on 42nd St, at 3:00, and hear about the Nim’s Island journey from idea to book to movie – and say hello!


  1. Anonymous I wish I could come to your library talk! I used to work at the NYPL when I lived in NY preparing exhibits. My claim to fame was mounting the Guttenberg Bible while surrounded by curator and two guards. I hope all goes well!
    June 21, 2009 at 1:08 am · Reply
  2. Wendy Even surrounded by guards, touching the Gutenberg Bible would have been an awe-inspiring experience, I'm sure!

    I'm sorry you can't come, too.
    June 21, 2009 at 1:09 am · Reply
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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio