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Saturday, October 28 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Discover the Magic of Children's Book Making

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Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2017, Somerville-based independent children’s publisher Candlewick Press has become an industry leader in producing high-quality books for young readers. President and Publisher Karen Lotz and Creative Director and Associate Publisher Chris Paul will be in conversation with some of their acclaimed authors and illustrators. Ekua Holmes was already a celebrated visual artist, curator, and arts educator before illustrating her first picture book. Voice of Freedom (words by Carole Boston Weatherford) went on to win a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award and was recognized with a Caldecott Honor. Holmes has continued to develop her mixed-media illustrations in Kwame Alexander’s Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Mira Bartók has also pivoted toward children’s books, having previously published a memoir, The Memory Palace, before penning the new middle-grade fantasy novel The Wonderling. Baseball-loving Matt Tavares has written and illustrated picture book biographies of Babe Ruth, Pedro Martinez, and Hank Aaron, but his latest project is Red and Lulu, an illustrated love story about cardinals (the birds, not the baseball team!) and Christmas miracles. Book lovers will get a behind the scenes look at the publishing process, from editorial and design collaboration all the way through to the finished bound books you see on store and library shelves. Here is a chance to ask some of the most talented creators in the children’s book industry about how they craft the incredible stories and books that become the fabric of our childhood. Sponsored by Candlewick Press.

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Mira Bartók

Mira Bartók is a writer and artist whose New York Times-bestselling memoir, The Memory Palace, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. The Wonderling is her first novel for young readers and is currently being adapted for feature film. She lives in western... Read More →
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Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is a fine artist whose work explores themes of family, relationships, hope, and faith. The first children’s book she illustrated is Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and... Read More →
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Karen Lotz

Karen Lotz is group managing director of Walker Books Ltd (London, England), and also serves as president and publisher of Candlewick Press, located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick Press is the U.S. subsidiary of the Walker Books Group, which also includes Walker Books UK... Read More →
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Chris Paul

Chris Paul is the creative director and associate publisher for Candlewick Press, where she has worked for the past eighteen years. Paul directs a talented staff of art directors and designers creating high-quality children's books, ranging from picture books for the very young... Read More →
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Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Growing Up Pedro, as well as Zachary’s Ball, Oliver’s Game, and Mudball. He is the illustrator of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, Over the River... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton Hall