This Sunday, November 7th at 1:00 pm, meet local award-winning writer and storyteller Rich Michelson at The Carle. As well as being a poet and writer of children’s books, Rich is also the owner of the amazing R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA, which houses fine art of all kinds, including an extensive collection of original children’s book illustration. (When I get around to putting together my dream children’s book tour of New England, these galleries are going to be a must-see stop!)
Rich’s books for children are playful and lyrical, and often revolve around the close and heartwarming relationships children form with others in their lives, despite racial or cultural barriers. His books all have a great appreciation for history and, often, Jewish culture. In collaboration with our Monsters & Miracles exhibition, on Sunday Rich will discuss his own picture books as well as the history of Jewish children’s book illustration. A book signing will follow his presentation. If you can’t make the event, but would like to buy any of Rich’s books, place your order online by Saturday, November 6th and we will have him sign your books and then ship them to you after the event. Click here to see all of Rich’s books for sale in our store.
For more about Rich Michelson, check out this wonderful interview over at one of my favorite blogs, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
I also really enjoyed this video of Rich Michelson talking about Maurice Sendak, the man who “doesn’t write blurbs” writing a blurb for his book, Too Young for Yiddish as well as discussing Brundibar. Really interesting stuff!
After Rich’s presentation at The Carle on Sunday, please join us at R. Michelson Galleries from 4-6 pm in Northampton, MA to celebrate the gallery’s 21st Annual Children’s Illustration Show. We look forward to it every year and the Carle Bookstore will be there selling books by all the fabulous children’s book illustrators in show. It’s the perfect time to meet the artists and writers behind your favorite children’s books and maybe get a book signed. Don’t believe me? Check out this picture of last year’s star-studded attendance:
To see who’s who, check out the R. Michelson gallery website here.
Hope to see you Sunday!