This Saturday’s February Children’s Literary Cafe: Book Jackets
Today, I compile the votes for the 100 Best Children’s Novels List! I do, I do! That means I need to put up a l’il ole press release for an upcoming program in lieu of posting. *sigh* C’est la vie. Fortunately, it sounds like a pip. Please to note the following . . .
The Children’s Literary Café of the New York Public Library Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 p.m.:
Book Jackets: Conversations with the Artist and Art Director
They say not to judge a book by its cover but some people work hard to create those covers in the first place. How do they come about? What goes into the process? Who’s behind them?
In this Literary Cafe we speak to artist John Rocco and Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Laurent Linn. John and Laurent will discuss how an illustrator and an Art Director work together to create many of the book jackets you see on your bookstore shelves today. Join us for a fascinating discussion that truly takes you behind the scenes of some of your favorite titles.
John Rocco has been a creative director in the entertainment industry (working, amongst other things, as the pre-production art director for the film Shrek ). His own picture books include Wolf! Wolf!, Moonpowder, and Fu Finds the Way. His covers have included the Percy Jackson Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and many others.
Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, began his career as a puppet designer in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop. With the Muppets for 11 years, he became the Creative Director for Sesame Street, winning an Emmy Award. Laurent illustrates; reviews numerous books as a member of the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College; and collaborates with noted editors, authors, and illustrators on picture books, middle-grade books, and teen novels at S&S.
This program will be held in the Berger Forum on the library’s second floor. Enter the library through the front door and ask at the Information Desk for directions.
The Children’s Literary Café is a monthly gathering of adults who are fans of children’s literature. Professionals, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, and anyone else interested in the field are welcome to attend our meetings. The Literary Café provides free Advanced Readers galleys, a rotating series of talks with professionals in the field, and great conversation. This program is for adults only.
New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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