Featured Speakers for the October 26, 2013 Festival
Brian Lies, of Marshfield, MA, illustrated his first book, Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye, in 1989. Since then he has illustrated over twenty-five books. He is now writing and illustrating his own books. Two of these are the New York Times best sellers Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library. Two others are Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite and Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle. Brian also did illustrations for the novel Malcolm at Midnight and illustrated I. C. Springman’s modern fable More. The Festival Gallery Collection is honored to have an illustration from Bats at the Library. Additional information about Brian and his books can be found at www.brianlies.com.
Jon J. Muth, who lives in upstate New York, is a comic book artist and a children’s book illustrator. He has stated, “My work in children’s books really grew out of a desire to explore what I was feeling as a new father.” Zen Shorts was a Caldecott Honor Book and spent 41 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. He won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in 1999 for his first children’s book Come On, Rain! written by Karen Hess. Other well-known books he has illustrated are The Three Questions, Gershon’s Monster, and City Dog, Country Frog. An illustration from A Family of Poems, poems complied by Caroline Kennedy, hangs in the Festival Gallery Collection.
Ruth Sanderson, who lives in western Massachusetts, loved fairy tales and horses when she was growing up and they have appeared in many of the books she has illustrated for over thirty years. Some of Ruth’s horse books are: The Horse Diaries collection by Alison Hart; Jane Yolen’s Hush, Little Horsie; and Koda by Patricia Hermes. Her first fairy tale was The Sleeping Beauty retold by Jane Yolen. Other well-known fairy tales she has illustrated are The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rose Red and Snow White, Goldilocks, and Cinderella. Ruth’s current project is a proposed 224-page full color hardcover book Golden Dreams: The Art of Ruth Sanderson that will span her career as an illustrator and a fine artist. Learn more about Ruth at www.ruthsanderson.com.
Eric Velasquez, who lives in New York, was born in Spanish Harlem as the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents and grew up in Harlem. His dual heritage and living in dual cultures has significantly affected his work. Beginning in 1988, he has now created over 300 book jackets and interior illustrations. His first picture book was The Piano Man by Debbie Chocolate and he was awarded the 1999 Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe award for new talent for this book. Other well-known books he has illustrated are The Sound that Jazz Makes, Grandma’s Records, Liberty Street, and Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man by Kathleen Krull. He won the Pura Belpre Award for Illustration for Grandma’s Gift. Find additional information about Eric at www.ericvelasquez.com.
Deborah Wiles, who was born in Alabama, now lives in Atlanta. She spent her growing-up summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family. These Southern people populate her Aurora County Trilogy. The first book, Love Ruby Lavender, has been nominated for twenty-six state book award reading lists voted on by children. The second book, Each Little Bird That Sings, was a 2005 E. B. White Award winner and a 2005 National Book Award finalist. The concluding book was The Aurora County All-Stars. Countdown, the first book in her The Sixties Trilogy, was published in 2010. Deborah has written two picture books: One Wide Sky and Freedom Summer. Deborah’s website can be found at www.deborahwiles.com.