NEW YORK — The first-ever book club at the New York Book Festival has added a Christian Bales Young to its list of members, along with his wife, Mary Jane.
“Jules and the Queen,” a new book about the life of the acclaimed author and illustrator, is a follow-up to her debut, “Jules & Juliet: A Tale of Two Kings,” which hit the shelves in September and quickly sold out.
It is now available on Kindle and other ebook formats.
Bales Young, 52, who has been a member of the book club for more than two decades, said he was thrilled to have a Christian back in the club.
“I have been a huge fan of Jule for more or less the last 40 years,” he said.
Jules is known for his original illustrations of love stories and historical figures, and his style is reminiscent of the original drawings.
His illustrations of famous figures and scenes have been praised for their realism and wit.
A few years ago, he took on a series of characters he called the King & Queen, including the Queen of Hearts, the Queen Mother, and a character named “Lady” who had her own section.
But he said he’s been a big fan of the series ever since he first saw them.
“Jule and the King and Queen are a great inspiration to me,” he wrote on Facebook last week.
“The illustrations are beautifully drawn and the plot lines are original.
I have always been fascinated with the lives of the royals.
In my opinion, Jules is the most important figure in British history, and I think the series is perfect.”
Bales’ wife, Sarah, also a member, said she was excited to be a part of the club and the book.
“It’s such a wonderful thing to be part of,” she said.
“We’re just happy that Jules has become a member.”
She said she thought the book was a “great inspiration” for her husband.
It will be available for purchase in January, the first month of the new millennium.
The club has had a tradition of celebrating Bales for years, including this year’s book club, in which it gave a copy of the novel to each member.
According to its Facebook page, the book is a celebration of Bales and his work.
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