“Malcom was a collector, Steve is political but Bob Forbes is the poet of the family. When Robert L. Forbes, one of Malcom Forbes’ five children, is not busy as president of Forbes Life he has another life as a poet. He is the author of of three books of rhyme featuring food- and love-themed poems which are humorously illustrated by Ronald Searle.” Read the Full Article on HuffingtonPost.comread more >>
As a fan of Christmas since my early days, I look to this time of year for tastes, smells and traditions that stir pleasant memories (see the album for some favorite tree ornaments). As a dedicated shopper, I jump into the frenzy of lists and wrapping and sending, enjoying the thought of what the recipients will find on opening what I have sent.
Once I discovered how much fun the giving was, I tend to indulge myself, selfishly in some ways, but so far nobody has ever complained!
This year I gave friends and family books, in many cases my own book, as well as Steps Across the Water, by Adam Gopnik and illustrated by Bruce McCall, and, A Kingdom Far and Clear, by Mark Helprin with illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg. Through the kindness of Peter Glassman of Books of Wonder, the amazing children’s book store in New York, these were signed and inscribed, making them special. I will never forget the thrill I felt when I along with my siblings recieved from my parents our own copies of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Parsley, signed to me.
It was knowing the author and illustrator had touched this copy and made it mine that was exciting. Books were always in our lives because both parents read extensively and read to us at bedtime, so we quickly learned how vast and full the world was out there, and that books were the doorways to it all.
Part of the joy I find when I am doing readings is that kids today are still very keen on books, they love to be read to, and they jump at the chance to dig into their own imaginations to see what they can find.
So, Christmas is always full of books, among other things, and I try to do my share of spreading the word(s)!read more >>
Time to get rolling with the website! I will be working on the various parts over this week, so bear with me as I learn all the parts to make it work, such as setting up the pages so they look right.
On Nov 17 and 18 as part of the Miami Book Fair International, I went to 4 local area schools, to read some poems and talk about what poetry is. Then on the 19th, on to the fair for a big reading. It was a joyful three days.
Meanwhile, please check out my Facebook page at facebook.com/robertlforbes to see updates and photo albums of travels and events these past months with the launch of LET’S HAVE A BITE!, my second book of rhymed poetry. Some great book fairs and schools and libraries along the way. More to come, so stay tuned. And be sure to send me some of your poems for posting on my site!read more >>
This Saturday, Nov 6, join me and 5 others who will be reading from their books at Books of Wonder for Rollicking Reads. From 12-2, 18 W 18th St. This will be my first time reading from LET’S HAVE A BITE! so please come by. Plenty of cookies for everyone. Including me!read more >>
Fine day in Paris, ever beautiful, good meetings and a bit of angst over the strikes. Would we be able to leave??
Good we made it out as things got sticky, students angry at retiring at 62 instead of 60. Hmmm. On to Milan for more biz, 20 Anniversary cocktail party for ForbesLife, where I will give copies of Bite! to everyone.read more >>
I’m on board the Eurostar to Paris for business after signing copies of BITE! at my favorite London bookstores Hatchards, and Foyles. Then I’m stopping by my friend Chris Beetle’s Gallery. In the UK book releases in November. Then saw Gaugin show at Tate Modern – breathtaking blockbuster! Will sure see it again when it comes to Washington DC in February, 2011.read more >>