Marc Aronson is an author, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian who believes that young people, especially pre-teens and teenagers, are smart, passionate, and capable of engaging with interesting ideas in interesting ways.
He writes books, visits schools, teaches classes, and publishes books that affirm this belief. His mission is to inspire young people to ask questions, to look around, behind, inside of the stories the world tells us – whether that means being a detective, examining the clues history has left behind, or a reporter, telling the truth about the modern world.
A committed internationalist, Aronson has published two books that were selected as the best books in translation, and created Edge, an imprint designed to bring the voices of coming of age from around the world to American readers. It is his conviction that the mixing of genes, of ideas, of cultures, of networks of trade is the given of the world young people are entering. He is also a supporter of the Guys Read project who feels young males are often neglected by a reading world oriented towards females.
Aronson has a doctorate in American History – his focus was on William Crary Brownell, Edith Wharton’s editor, and he published conclusions as a lengthy essay in the New York Times Book Review. He periodically reviews books for the Los Angeles Times Books Review, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and publishes essays in journals devoted to reading and literature. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, the author Marina Budhos and their two sons.