Pilgrim School students recently spent the morning with celebrated author, Pseudonymous Bosch, whose real name is anonymous. Mr. Bosch is the author of the very popular Secret Series starting with The Name of This Book is Secret and ending with the just-released Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, in which the author gets his unsuspecting readers to do his work for him. During his visit many students tried to trick the elusive author into revealing his real name but it didn’t work. The pen name Pseudonymous Bosch is a reference to the 15th century Dutch morality painter Hieronymus Bosch about which little is known either.
At Pilgrim Mr. Bosch shared some excerpts of his next book Bad Magic (due out in September) with the students, who were the very first to hear the new book. Pilgrim students like “Staff M.” (not his real name) asked about the author’s sources of inspiration and his beginnings and got Bosch to share stories of his childhood and secrets of his writing process.
In The Secret Series, a collection of novels based on the five senses, Bosch often interrupts his stories with asides and “secret” information. In This Book Is Not Good For You, exploring the sense of taste, the author warns of the dangers of school children:
“You know, people always warn children about taking candy from strange adults. But they never warn us adults about taking candy from strange children. All those sweet-looking kids who sell boxes of candy bars on the street to help pay for schooling – how do we know what’s in those bars? And don’t even get me started on that nefarious institution designed to lure unsuspecting customers into buying mysterious frosted goodies: the bake sale. Adults, be warned: if a child wanted to poison you it would be a piece of cake! Literally a piece of cake.”
When Bosch was signing books, a Pilgrim student named “Journey S.” brought his favorite Bosch book from middle school to be signed, and since it was his birthday, the author gave him an autographed inflatable magic wand. Said Journey of the famously reclusive Bosch, “His mysteriousness makes him more interesting as an author.”
Ironically, despite Bosch’s veil of anonymity with the students, Ms. Kristine Williams, Secondary Librarian and Coordinator of the Visiting Writers Program, stated that the School’s goal is to demystify the creative process for our students. Authors like Pseudonymous Bosch who share their work and their process, help them to understand that creativity is something that can be a part of their everyday life, not something that lives in a box and only comes out on special occasions.”
In the words of PB in The Name of This Book Is Secret: ““Xxxx xxxx x xxxx, xxxxx xxx x xxx xxx x xxxx. Xxxx xxxx xxxx x xxxxx xxxx xx Xxxxxxx.”