Wow! Yet again we have a star-studded weekend packed full of presentations, performances, book signings and exhibits.
This Saturday marks the beginning of another year of wonderful performances by Picture Book Theatre in our Auditorium. Picture Book Theatre merges dance and puppetry to bring to life favorite picture books on the stage. This year’s performances are renditions of Eric Carle’s Rooster’s Off to See the World and Eric Carle’s Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth. Tickets are $5 and performances are at 2:00 and 3:00 pm Saturday November 5th, Saturday November 12th, Saturday November 19th, Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th.
Last week we opened our newest exhibition, Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer, which will be in our East Gallery until January 22, 2012. The exhibition includes delightful original sketches and finished artwork from favorite books such as Bark, George, I’m Not Bobby, I Lost My Bear, and The Daddy Mountain. There are also samples of his early works and cartoons, including a strip of Will Eisner’s The Spirit that Feiffer worked on during his teens. And of course, just in time for the 50th anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth, the exhibition includes illustrations from the classic as well as his more recent collaboration with Norton Juster, The Odious Ogre. But, as Lavar Burton would say, “you don’t have to take my word for it.” Let Jules Feiffer tell you about exhibition himself!
Following the members-only reception Saturday night featuring a discussion with Jules Feiffer and guest curator, Leonard Marcus, Jules Feiffer will be back again on Sunday at 1:00 pm to give a personal tour of his exhibition, followed by a book signing. We have all of his books for sale in our Shop and even if you’re unable to make the actual event, as always, you can pre-order books from us to have autographed and shipped back to you after the event. Click here to buy books to be autographed by Jules Feiffer and here for books by Leonard Marcus, including brand-new and much-buzzed-about The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth.
But wait, there’s more! Also here at The Carle is Caldecott-winning illustrator Beth Krommes! For the next in our series of author and illustration BookTalk interviews, Andy Laties will be interviewing Beth Krommes in the Auditorium at 11:30 am (don’t forget Daylight Savings!), followed by a book signing outside the Shop. This event is free and does not include Museum admission. If you can’t make the interview, don’t worry, we’ll be filming it to put up on our blog later. Click here if you’d like to purchase books by Beth Krommes to have autographed and shipped to you.
Need more excitement? Also this Sunday, join Horn Book Magazine editors Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano in the Auditorium at 3:00 pm as they talk about their fabulous and essential resource book, A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult’s Literature. They will be talking about how and why children read and give advice on how to select books to nourish your own “family of readers.” Click here to pre-order an autographed copy (or three!) of their book. This book is going to make an excellent holiday gift for families and book lovers.
After an event-packed day at The Carle, head on down the road to Northampton, MA where everyone who’s anyone in children’s books will be at the R. Michelson Galleries for their 22nd Annual Children’s Illustration Exhibit Reception. We’ll be there selling books that you can get autographed by the many wonderful authors and illustrations in attendance. Need more convincing? Here’s 22 reasons why you should attend, including the dedication of the 4th Annual Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy to Roger Sutton. Click here for fun photos from past shows.
Phew! What a weekend! Hope to see you all here!