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About Bellairsia

Bellairsia (www.bellairsia.com) is an independent online website celebrating the life, work, and legacy of author John Bellairs.

What We Do

We promote John Bellairs's life and work, encourage the enjoyment of his novels as well as those completed and continued by Brad Strickland, and provide information to readers, scholars, and fans. Bellairsia also features biographical information on the self-proclaimed "famous author" and information about collecting the books of the Bellairs Corpus, inspirations from Marshall, Michigan, and why this "famous author" was quoting Chaucer on national television -- in accurate Middle English. You can, too, if you try.

We first went online on Feb. 20, 2001, as The Dullard's Bane and with an ambitious aim to be the “scourge of idleness and sloth” with armchair scholars investigating and sharing the stories behind the historical and literary allusions. By June, we were investigating Bellairs himself. It had been a decade since his death, and we felt someone needed to begin interviewing people who knew him before they, too, were gone. We felt since no one else had begun such a project we were as good as anyone to become biographers. Armchair biographers, of course. Bellairsia has a lot of armchairs. By the end of the year, we decided to blend the various projects together under a new name. This proposed name was meant to be temporary because we were sure something better-sounding would come along. All these years later, we're still calling ourselves Bellairsia. We think it fits -- plus, we don't want to change the URL. And here we are. Thank you for visiting - and happy reading.



We welcome comments and questions about the books and the site.

bellairsia [at] gmail [period] com


Dial Books for Young Readers published the books of John Bellairs and the continued stories by Brad Strickland.

Attn: Editor of the John Bellairs Books
345 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10017 USA


Richard Curtis Associates, Inc. is the literary agent of both John Bellairs and Brad Strickland. Direct inquiries pertaining to book and film rights to:

171 East 74th Street, Floor 2
New York, NY, 10021 USA


Priscilla Bellairs; Brad Strickland; Jonathan Abucejo; Jean Anderson; Assisi Heights (Rochester, Minneosta); Thomas Banchoff; Ursula Bielski; Walter Bennick (archivist, Winona County Historical Society); Russell Bernard; Charles Bowen and family; Heather C. Bourk (Georgetown University archives); Maura Bresnahan; Roger J. Bresnahan; Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies (Mount Carroll, Illinois); James Card; Bob Caton; Richard Carver; Jon Caulkett; Jay Cook; Patrick Cuff; Michael Deakin; Alex Deluca; Darren Dittrich (Emphasys Technologies, Inc.); Mark Dittrich; Alan Dowty; Noreen Doyle; John Drew; Andrea Enos; Robert Erler; Robert Falk; Dale and Marilyn Fitschen; Norbert Geier; Georgetown University (Washington D.C.); Sonia Gernes; Phillips Gibson; Keturah T. Haab; Kalev Hantsoo; Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill, Massachusetts); Sam Henderson; Indiana University (Bloomington and Gary, Indiana); Melissa Hirshson; Kwan Hon Luen; Steve Howell; Warner Johnston; Dawn Jordan (Haverhill Public Library); Gerald Kadish; Bernard K. Markwell; Barry Karp; Brian Kenny; Patricia A. Knee; Fran Lantz; Jean Van Leeuwen; Mary-Claire van Leunen; Jeff Leyda; Donald A. Maxton; Stephen G. McShane (Archives, Indiana University, Gary); Broteus Mitchell; John Murphy; Alfred Myers and family; National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Missouri); Jean Blake; Ann La Pietra and family; Sharon Peters; Joan Reitzel; Matt Richardson; Julie Rosemarin; Bryndis Rubin; Carol Schaal (Notre Dame Magazine, the University of Notre Dame); Scholastic Magazine (University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana); Judy Schroeder (Alumni Office, Indiana University, Bloomington); Darrell Schweitzer; Robert Sedlack; Jon Shanks; Ron Sharp; Shimer College (Chicago, Illinois); Brian Showers; Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan); James Stoddard; Barbara S. Stone (Shimer College Development and Public Relations); Sister Margaret Clare Style (Assisi Heights); Sharon Sumpter (University of Notre Dame archives); George Tanty; Patricia Thomas; Douglas Thunder; Jerry Trautschold; the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois); the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana); James Walton; Eric Walker; Susanne Washburn; Winona County Historical Society (Winona, Minnesota); Robert Yaple; Mary Ruth Yoe (University of Chicago Magazine); and all review, interview, testimony, and itinerary contributors.

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