Pratt bringing in Golden Book illustrations

March 01, 2009|By DAVE ROSENTHAL AND NANCY JOHNSTON | DAVE ROSENTHAL AND NANCY JOHNSTON,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com and nancy.johnston@baltsun.com

March is shaping up as an exciting month for Baltimore-area book lovers. Jodi Picoult comes to town, and there's a party marking Laura Lippman's new book.

But first, let's note some unsung heroes. Everyone has a favorite author, but how many of us know the men and women who illustrate the books we read? They're crucial to setting the mood for a story, but they usually live in the author's shadow.

Starting this week, you can celebrate the work of great illustrators who made you smile as a kid (and who probably made your own kids smile, too). Tomorrow, the Enoch Pratt's Central Library opens Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books. The show, which runs through May 9, features 60 original illustrations from Little Golden Books. Included is one of my favorites: Gustaf Tenggren's The Poky Little Puppy. An opening reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Poe Room; it's free to the public. Information: 410-396-5430.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in today's Arts & Leisure section lists the wrong date for a Baltimore appearance by Ariel Sabar, author of My Father's Paradise. The correct date is May 7.
The Sun regrets the error.

On Thursday, take a look at JT Waldman's reinterpretation of the biblical story of Esther in a contemporary form: the graphic novel. The original drawings for his book, Megillat Esther, are featured in a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. The show will be open during the museum's Purim party from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; Waldman will be there, too. The public opening is March 8. Information: 410-732-6400.

While we're noting the work of illustrators, we can't forget some notable events involving authors this month.

A 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Tavis Smiley will speak in a town hall format at the Pratt's Central Library about his book, Accountable: Making America as Good as Its Promise.

That same night, at 7 p.m., author Ariel Sabar will talk about My Father's Paradise, the chosen book for the area's On the Same Page reading program. The event is at the Weinberg Jewish Community Center in Northwest Baltimore. Information: 410-735-5007.

On March 10, Picoult will hold a discussion and book signing at Digital Harbor High School, starting at 7 p.m. Information: 410-385-1709.

That same night, at 7 p.m. at Pratt's Central Library, local author Lippman will launch her new book, Life Sentences. It's billed as a mystery involving a woman accused of killing her infant son.

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