About Cheryl and This Website
Caricature by Dan Santat
More Than You Really Need to Know about Me, Cheryl:
I'm originally from the Midwest, having grown up in Peculiar, Mo. (yes, that's the town's real name), and received my B.A. in English from the wonderful Carleton College in Minnesota in 2000. My grandfather was a children's literature professor who supplied me with many wonderful children's and YA books through the years, so I gravitated naturally toward a career in books in general and children's publishing in particular. After attending the Denver Publishing Institute, I moved to New York City and was lucky enough to land my dream job as Arthur Levine's editorial assistant in the Arthur A. Levine imprint of Scholastic. I'm now the senior editor in the AALB imprint, and it's still my dream job, working with a terrific, diverse, and very talented group of authors and illustrators on an equally terrific and diverse array of projects. I also served as the continuity editor on the last three Harry Potter books. For more information about the books I've edited, see the Books page; to know more about the random things I think about and love, please visit my blog or follow me on Twitter.
Because people often ask, the name "Chavelaque" derives from my nickname in high-school Spanish class, pronounced shah-vay-luh, combined with the Spanish word for what, "que," which is pronounced kay. It's thus a goofy bilingual pun on "Cheryl K," and it also appears in Lisa Yee's So Totally Emily Ebers as the name of a fancy restaurant. "Brooklyn Arden," the name of my blog, comes from the name of my current beloved home borough and the forest in "As You Like It," my favorite Shakespeare play. It originally described an art installation in my old apartment, which you can see here.
My favorite non-AALB books include Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop by Chris Raschka; The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small; A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley; Possession by A. S. Byatt; Jim the Boy by Tony Earley; Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke; and the complete works of Hilary McKay, Jane Austen, Jennifer Crusie, Dorothy Sayers, and Patrick O'Brian. As much as I read for my job, I still passionately love reading for pleasure, too, and will happily burble on about my current book should you ask.
Some interviews with me:
- Kite Tales, the Rocky Mountain SCBWI newsletter, August 2005
- "Extendable Ears" interview on Pottercast #47 (MP3, 1:31:50), about the Harry Potter books (up to Book 7) and editing in general, July 2006
- A profile on "Nightline" about my work on the Harry Potter books, July 2007
- The Carleton College Voice, March 2008
- Carp Tales, the SCBWI Tokyo newsletter (PDF, pages 4-7), focusing on my work on translation in general and the Moribito series in particular, Fall 2008
And a Little about Cherylklein.com: