For a decade now, I’ve had a book in the works about Willam, Harold, and Lew Christensen, the Utah-born brothers who had a huge influence in the development of ballet in the United States. Among their many contributions are the first full-length production of The Nutcracker in the US, in 1944.
And for pretty much all that time, this project — which will be published by Millbrook in fall 2015, with illustrations by Cathy Gendron — has gone by the name Pioneers & Pirouettes.
But no more.
As of this week, my Christensen brothers book is called…
The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition
You would think that, after knowing the book by one title for so long, it would be hard to switch to a new moniker. But in this case, nope.
I love this new title — the book itself has changed over the years, the story it tells has shifted, and this new title fits perfectly what this book has become.
RIP, Pioneers & Pirouettes. And long live The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition!
*As opposed to my next book, which is still called The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, the picture book biography of a young man who in ten years transformed from teenage field slave to US congressman. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch will be published this coming April by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, with illustrations by Don Tate.