Author Brian Jay Jones online via Zoom on "Becoming Dr. Seuss" Book Discussion

May 20th, 2020 - 2:00 pm

Washington Post critic Ron Charles includes “The Cat in the Hat” as one of the 12 novels that changed the way we live. Author Brian Jay Jones joins History Book Festival and Lewes Public Library via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 pm, to discuss his book “Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination.” This event is free, however registration is required.

Copies of the featured books with signed archival bookplates are available from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, the official bookseller of the History Book Festival. Browseabout is conducting business via phone (302-226-2665, 11–3 daily) and web (

The History Book Discussions are presented by History Book Festival and Lewes Public Library in conjunction with the Delaware Division of Libraries and Sussex County Libraries and sponsored by Dogfish Head.

Brian Jay Jones, author of “Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination” 

Jones’ book, “Becoming Dr. Seuss,” was one of the works featured at the 2019 History Book Festival. Kirkus described it as “a rich, anecdotal biography of one of the bestselling authors in publishing history. Used to being perceived as a funny guy, Geisel evolved into a serious thinker about how to develop books that would encourage children to read while also enjoying the learning process. Whether readers are familiar with Dr. Seuss books or not, they will find this biography absorbing and fascinating.”

Jones is the author of three other books on iconic creative figures: “Jim Henson: The Biography,” “George Lucas: A Life,” and “Washington Irving: An American Original.”

His May 20 appearance is part of the monthly History Book Discussions, usually held at the Library but now online. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery sponsors these monthly meetings.

Zoom meetings are free but registration is required: log onto and click on Virtual Programs for Adults.

For more information, contact Barbara Hames, [email protected], 302-703-6176.

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