A list of pet names, and 30 new editions and formats

The Other Dog - Madeleine L'Engle

Touché, Coquey, Brillig, Chess, Sputnik, Daisy, Thomas, Narcissus (Cissie), Echo, Heidi, Oliver, Manchester Guardian (Gardie), Letitia, Hans Sachs and Percy (canaries), Tyrrell, Timothy, Titus, Tybalt, Tesseract, Thucydides, Sheats and Kelley, Dr. Charlotte Tyler (Doc), Antinouis (Tino), Tatiana.

These are the names of some of the L’Engle/Franklin family pets over the years (dogs in italics). I was writing a short piece to accompany the re-issue of The Other Dog (2001, Chronicle Books) and, with the help of my mother, came up with the list. The Other Dog is a picture book Madeleine wrote shortly after my mother was born, but which, like many things she wrote during that time, was never published. The story is narrated by her dog, a miniature French poodle named Touché, who has to make room for a new member of the family.

This re-issue (scheduled for March 2018) is one of several of Madeleine’s books that have seen new editions or formats in the past year. Last autumn, Open Road began releasing her adult fiction and memoir as ebooks for the first time, and four of those thirteen titles are now also in print again. Convergent Press put out beautiful paperback and ebook editions of four of her nonfiction books, with other titles to come next year. Next year will also see the release of twenty-one titles as audio books for the first time.

The film release of A Wrinkle in Time in March 2018 will bring two different movie-tie-in editions, with a wonderful new introduction by the film’s director, Ava DuVernay, as well as a “making of” book about the film. There will be a small chapter book called Intergalactic P.S. 3, with illustrations by Hope Larson (who did the A Wrinkle in Time graphic novel). It’s a story that was the basis for A Wind in the Door. And Becoming Madeleine, a biography aimed at middle-grade readers (and we think there’s lots to interest other readers as well!) that I wrote with my sister Léna Roy is also coming out in February 2018. Léna and I look forward to talking more about those last two in the coming months. In the meantime, tesser well!