Doris Buchanan Smith

Doris Buchanan Smith

Doris Buchanan Smith, age ten.

Published to wide acclaim 40 years ago, A Taste Of Blackberries continues to engage readers of all ages.

Doris Buchanan Smith (June 1, 1934-August 8, 2002)


DORIS BUCHANAN SMITH was in her office with the door closed, which meant she was not to be disturbed. You needn't hear her typewriter (there were no personal computers in 1970) to know she was hard at work. Writing involved thinking.

Mom had one simple rule for us to follow; don’t knock on her door between 9 a.m. and twelve p.m., nevertheless our response to this rule was laughable. One of us would knock on the door asking for milk money, another for help in resolving a dispute, and still another with some ridiculous thing; all of which could wait until noon.

If anyone telephoned asking for Mom, we were instructed to say she wasn't home, unless it was an emergency. One morning my Dad answered the phone, and knowing this was a special call, he knocked. At first there was silence, and then Dad knocked again, this time adding, “Honey, it’s not life and death, but trust me, you’re home, your home!" An editor from New York was calling to tell mother her life's ambition had come true, her first book would be published.

A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES was released in May, 1973, to wide acclaim and has never gone out of print. 40 years later, it continues engaging readers of all ages!

"It will be difficult to find a children's book this autumn by a new author as good as Doris Buchanan Smith's A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES." © Times Literary Supplement 1975

"The author weaves a believable and poignant tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance." Book Links

"It blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds!" Jim Trelease - Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books

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It blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds: Jim Trelease, Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books

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