Here’s the smashing cover for Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs, edited by Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring.
It’s an honour to work with Random House editor Caitlin McKenna on this collection of Jacobs’ speeches, articles, and interviews. The collection also includes an excerpt from Jacobs’ last manuscript, the book she was working on when she became ill. The pieces chart the development of Jacobs’ interests in cities, economics, and morals, and show her evolution as a writer and thinker. Zipp and Storring have included insightful introductions and annotations that situate the pieces in their historical, biographical, and literary contexts. Vital Little Plans will be on sale October 11, 2016.
This year would have been Jacobs’ centenary, and numerous celebrations of her life and work are planned between May 2016 and May 2017. In Toronto, organizations and individuals under the banner Jane100 are planning Jane’s Walks and other events to mark her legacy. The Reading Line on May 28th will be all about Jacobs and another visionary Toronto activist and journalist, June Callwood. To gear up for the ride, and for my own interests, I’m trying to read more of their considerable backlist.