Pat­ter­son work­ing with Ein­stein

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - ENTERTAINMENT - HIL­LEL ITALIE

NEW YORK — Already co-writ­ing a po­lit­i­cal thriller with for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, James Pat­ter­son is now set for a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the man­agers of Al­bert Ein­stein’s archives.

The best­selling and pro­lific novelist is de­vel­op­ing a series for mid­dle school­ers in­spired by Ein­stein’s sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies. In a li­cens­ing deal with the Ein­stein ar­chive, Lit­tle Brown will pub­lish the first of three planned books, cur­rently un­ti­tled, next fall.

“I love the idea of in­tro­duc­ing Ein­stein and the ideas of sci­ence to mil­lions of kids around the world,” says Pat­ter­son, sound­ing child­like him­self as he speaks of “tak­ing this so freak­ing se­ri­ously.”

Pat­ter­son, ad­mit­tedly still learn­ing when it comes to sci­ence, has worked in an in­no­va­tion of his own. The series’ young pro­tag­o­nist, Max Ein­stein, is a girl.

“Women are def­i­nitely un­der­rated in sci­ence and I wanted to ad­dress that,” he said in a re­cent in­ter­view. Lit­tle, Brown de­scribes Max as “in­ven­tive, ir­rev­er­ent, highly imag­i­na­tive,” one who “loves to solve prob­lems in fun, un­con­ven­tional ways, much like Ein­stein him­self.”

“The high-stakes ad­ven­ture series fol­lows Max and the world’s bright­est kids as they travel the globe to solve hu­man­ity’s big­gest prob­lems with the power of sci­ence,” the pub­lisher said.

Fi­nan­cial terms for the books were not dis­closed. Ac­cord­ing to Lit­tle Brown, Ein­stein ar­chiv­ists will as­sist Pat­ter­son with re­search and also have in­put in the manuscripts and art­work. The re­lease will come through the au­thor’s own JIMMY Pat­ter­son chil­dren’s im­print. Pro­ceeds will be di­vided among the ar­chive, the pub­lisher and Pat­ter­son.

Ein­stein has in­spired fic­tion be­fore, such as Alan Light­man’s crit­i­cally praised Ein­stein’s Dreams. He is also the sub­ject of a best­selling bi­og­ra­phy by Wal­ter Isaac­son and of nu­mer­ous bi­ogra­phies for chil­dren.

Of­fi­cials for the Ein­stein archives, which are based at He­brew Uni­ver­sity in Jerusalem, cite Pat­ter­son’s enor­mous pop­u­lar­ity and see the new series as an ideal way to ex­pand Ein­stein’s ap­peal among young peo­ple. Dr. Roni Grosz, cu­ra­tor of the archives, praised Pat­ter­son’s abil­ity to keep readers in­ter­ested.

“You don’t want readers just putting the books down be­cause they’re not in­ter­est­ing enough,” he said. “There’s tremen­dous in­ter­est in Ein­stein, but it’s not easy to con­vey his lessons and his knowl­edge. These books are one way to package this rather com­plex in­for­ma­tion and present it to young readers.”


Au­thor James Pat­ter­son poses for a por­trait in New York on Aug. 30, 2016. Pat­ter­son is set for a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the es­tate of Al­bert Ein­stein.

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