Posted on February 17, 2021 at 2:15 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re a week late on this, but it really seems like these past few days have been the stretch in which we most needed some uplifting news.

February 10 was the birthday of E.L. Konigsburg, author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

In honor of the occasion, her son Paul shared a video with the Metropolitan Museum of Art — setting, of course, of the book — about his mother’s inspiration for the story.

Konigsburg won the Newbery Medal for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in 1968, the same year as one of her other novels – Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth — was named a Newbery Honor Book. 

She also received a Newbery Medal for The View from Saturday in 1997.

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