Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stranded - A quick note.

I'm stuck in the airport together with other unfortunate stuckees. All flights are delayed due to weather. (hard to believe while looking out at the clear blue sky) I am amazed at the sense of camaraderie that is developing between us stuckees (except for some frantic ac outlet hogging behavior all around).
Luckily, I am feeling calm and serene form a relaxing and recharging visit with my dear West Coast friends, who I can't thank enough for being the great people and faithful friends they are. (Yes, you know who you are).
I've been switching back and forth between my lab top and a really good book one of my very special friends lent me. David Foster Wallace's, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, is making this wait so much more significant and bearable. I have quickly fallen in love with this writer, and now have to read everything he has ever written.
I am ranting, sorry. It's just that I'm stranded...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Drawn in Brooklyn

Drawn in Brooklyn, is the Brooklyn Public Library’s festival and exhibition of children’s book illustrations! Brooklyn’s diverse, vibrant environment is home to the most remarkable concentration of children’s book professionals on the planet. This fact is put on brilliant display by the work of the illustrators featured in this exhibition, and I am proud to be one of them.

The art exhibit is curated by John Bemelmans Marciano, and will be up for 4 months. Many other related events are happening during that time.

September 21st - Exhibition opening

September 26th - Panel Discussion
Children's book author and illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano, the grandson of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans, discusses the world of children's literature and illustration with fellow illustrators R. Gregory Christie (Bad News for Outlaws, The Champ), Sophie Blackall (Big Red Lollipop, Meet Wild Boars) John Rocco (Fu Finds the Way, Moonpowder), and Melanie Cecka, Bloomsbury's editorial director for children's literature.

October 5th - Meet the Author/Illustrator, Aileen Leijten
I'll be doing a presentation at the Central Library, Dweck Center.

October 16th - Family Day: Illustrators Festival
10:30 am – 3 pm Central Library, PlazaAll ages can enjoy this fair that features readings, workshops, book signings and music. (In case of rain, this will be held in the Dweck Center.)

Check out the Brooklyn Public Library calendar for more presentations and workshops by other artists, both at the festival and throughout the fall.

(above illustration by John Marciano).

Monday, September 20, 2010

Brooklyn Book Festival

I know it's too late for this post, the Brooklyn Book Festival has come and gone. But it was so much fun despite the rain. My daughter and I sat in the children's area tent and listened to hours of story time. 
We heard: 

John Rocco (Fu Finds the Way; Moonpowder) Off course!
Sergio Ruzzier (Amandina; Hey, Rabbit!) Picture above.
Judi Barrett, (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; The Marshmallow Incident)
Chris Raschka (Big Black Crow; Peter and the Wolf)
Brian Floca (Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11The Racecar Alphabet) Picture below.
I was great to see those people in person reading their books and drawing their drawings.
But not all is lost. Drawn in Brooklyn is coming up and there will be many more readings, signings and drawing performances. (Blog Post coming very soon)