Next Week, we go Through the Wardrobe

I currently have an essay out in an anthology called
Through the Wardrobe: Your Favorite Authors on C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.

(I wish that was a direct link to buy, but since the book is a Borders Store exclusive, you can’t get it on Amazon or However, I’ve seen copies in just about every Borders store I’ve visited recently, so run run run and pick up yours!)

It’s edited by bestselling fantasy author Herbie Brennan, and you can usually find it in the Young Adult section of your local Borders. Here’s the isbn:

ISBN-10#: 0979233135
ISBN-13#: 9780979233135

  • Why is Prince Caspian the ultimate teenager?
  • What does Narnia have to do with the Nazis?
  • How come C. S. Lewis has such a big problem with lipstick, anyway?

Step through the wardrobe … and into the imaginations of sixteen friends of Aslan as they explore Narnia, from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to The Last Battle, from the heart of Caspian’s kingdom to the Eastern Seas.

Join in on the adventure, the battles, and—of course—the celebrating!

Find out:

  • How in Narnia (like in our world), bigger isn’t always better
  • Why Edmund Pevensie is totally crush-worthy
  • What tea and Turkish Delight have to do with religion
  • And why it’s okay to have an occasional temper tantrum

With Essays From …

  • Herbie Brennan
  • Deb Caletti
  • Diane Duane
  • Sarah Beth Durst
  • Brent Hartinger
  • Susan Juby
  • Sophie Masson
  • Kelly McClymer
  • O.R. Melling
  • Lisa Papademetriou
  • Diana Peterfreund
  • Susan Vaught
  • Ned Vizzini
  • Elizabeth Wein
  • Zu Vincent and Kiara Koenig

My essay is called “King Edmund the Cute” and it’s about my vast love for the character of Edmund Pevensie.

A recent review of the anthology has this to say about my essay:

“Don’t let any of the essay titles fool you! Diana Peterfreund’s essay “ King Edmund the Cute” may seem like it’s about one of those raving fan girl crushes on a literary character of Edmund Pevensie, but instead it ends up being in the end a thoughtful, insightful analysis of the character.”

The same site interviewed our Benbella series editor, the fabulous Leah Wilson:

JS: Do you have a favorite essay in Through the Wardrobe? If so, why?

LW: It’s very dangerous to play favorites, but I will mention two I think were particularly inventive: “King Edmund the Cute,” a fantastically engaging, smart account of Diana Peterfreund’s childhood crush on Edmund Pevensie; and “Eating in Narnia,” a topic that’s been well-covered but that Diane Duane treats in a very fresh, charming, and earthy way, starting with the insight that Narnia, unique among fantasy worlds, is a place you’d actually want to go for dinner.

Oh yeah. You know you want to read it now!

All next week, there will be special blog posts celebrating the release of this book, with appearances by me fellow contributors, and giveaways. Stay tuned!

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10 Responses to Next Week, we go Through the Wardrobe

  1. Heather Harper says:

    I’m going to have to get this. I’ll be reading te series with my kids this summer.

    Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

  2. ocannie says:

    Ooooo! How exciting!!

  3. Kwana says:

    Very exciting Diana! Yes, I want to read it and my kids want to read it even more. We can’t wait to see the new movie.

  4. ILuvLA says:

    You still need to correct the title of the book in the left sidebar. 🙁

  5. Maureen McGowan says:

    WOW. I didn’t know about this one! I LOVE the Narnia books. I must find a Borders when I’m in Boston. I assume one can’t buy this book in Canada. Sob.

  6. Miri says:

    Why, why, WHY must Borders be so regional?

    I’ll probably end up buying this as soon as it hits eBay, sadly enough. Everything eventually hits eBay.

    (Edmund is probably on my top ten list of characters of all time, right up there with Dustfinger and Scipio. Reformed traitors have a special place in my heart.)

  7. Bill Clark says:

    I went into the local Borders today and asked about the book. The manager drew a blank, but they did have it. I suggested he put a bunch on the YA shelf out front where people could see it and buy it. Good idea, he said.

    Long story short, I bought my copy and read your essay as I walked down to the PO and back. It’s great! I never thought of Edmund as cute before, but now I’ll never be able to think of him as anything but! 🙂

    Oh, and check out my latest blog for pics of Yale and the backside of Skull & Bones and a Salvador Dali unicorn.

  8. JJ says:

    I am so very glad that I wasn’t the only one who thought Edmund was so very crushworthy as a child! (Well, when I was a child, not when I was an adult and Edmund was a child, er…perhaps I shouldn’t be writing comments when I’m drugged up on Dayquil…)

  9. Diana Peterfreund says:

    JJ, I just keep reminding myself that you get Edmund as an adult, too (at the end of Wardrobe *and* all through The Horse and His Boy) so it’s not weird or anything.


  10. Anonymous says:

    OH!!! I have to find this book now!!! King Edmund is totally cute 🙂 He was my first and probably biggest literary crush of all time!