This week, a Maira Kalman exhibition opens at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; Meg Medina takes a ride at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading; Tina Schneider drops by The Strand in Manhattan; Carole Boston Weatherford presents at the Baltimore Book Festival; six 2019 debut authors have a panel at Books Inc.; and Karen McManus visits a TV set in Vancouver.
Maira at the Museum
“The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children,” an interactive exploration of Kalman’s picture book career, recently opened at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass. The exhibition, which premiered at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in June 2019, will be on display in Amherst from November 10 through April 5, 2020. Visitors can enjoy a number of activities, including cake decorating, hat designing for dog-poet Max Stravinsky, going on a scavenger hunt through Kalman’s mural in Grand Central Terminal, and filling Pete the dog’s stomach on a magnetic board. Here, Kalman (l.) and curator Jane Bayard Curley stand in front of Maira’s Inspiration Wall at the exhibit opening.
The 27th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading was recently held on the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus. Dr. Vivian Fueyo, professor emerita of childhood education at the university, interviewed Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears, Candlewick) during a morning session. Here, Dr. Fueyo (second from l.), Edwidge Danticat (My Mommy Medicine, Roaring Brook), and Medina gather with their golf cart driver before heading to the events.
New York City bookstore The Strand held an event for Tina Schneider, author of Ninja Boy’s Secret (Tuttle), on November 4. With accompaniment by a violinist, Schneider read aloud to the audience. She also made ninja crafts with the guests and signed copies. The picture book features a ninja who wants to be a violinist.
Back to the Roots
Earlier this month, Carole Boston Weatherford made an appearance at the 24th annual Baltimore Book Festival, produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Weatherford presented her newest picture book, The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop (Little Bee). Illustrated by Frank Morrison, the book serves as an introduction to hip-hop relayed through informative rhymes.
I Don’t Mind Failing
On November 11, the Campbell, Calif., location of Books Inc. hosted six California-based middle grade authors for an evening panel. Presented by the Society of Children’sBook Writers and Illustrators San Francisco/South, the panel was called “My Best Failure: 6 Debut Authors Recall the Failures That Led to Success.” Pictured here (from l.): Chris Baron (All of Me, Feiwel and Friends), Lisa Moore Ramée (A Good Kind of Trouble, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray), Jennifer Camiccia (The Memory Keeper, S&S/Aladdin), Brian Weisfeld (The Startup Squad with Nicole C. Kear, Imprint), Aimee Lucido (Emmy in the Key of Code, HMH/Versify), and Lindsay Lackey (All the Impossible Things, Roaring Brook).
One of Us Is Visiting
The week of November 11, bestselling author Karen McManus (One of Us is Lying, Delacorte) flew to Vancouver, where the pilot of the One of Us Is Lying television series was being filmed for Peacock, NBC Universal’s streaming service. McManus met the cast, director, and the team behind the adaptation of her debut. Pictured here (from l.): McManus, executive producer Matt Groesch, and executive producer and writer Erica Saleh.