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Thursday, February 28, 2008

David Wiesner!

     How often do you get to meet one of your heroes? I'm bettin' not very. So what a great time when several writer/illustrator buds and I met for lunch then headed to the Decatur Library to see none other than Flotsam making, Tuesday creatin,' Caldecott winning, David Wiesner!!
     He gave a fantastic talk with images of his early years and influences. I especially enjoyed seeing his thumbnails and models he makes to get proportions just right (you know, like a giant head of broccoli laying in your back yard). What struck me most of all isn't how skilled he is as an illustrator (he's amazing), but how clever he is conceptually. Okay, this is no revelation, but truly, that seems to be the different between being so-so, and so VERY! Conceptually, his work is pure genius. Did you realize that's a reflection of the camera in the fish's eye on the cover of Flotsam? I didn't!
     I was also surprised I only had four books for him to sign (oh, and my book bag). I've bought and given away so many copies of his books over the years, I thought I had more. I suppose that was lucky for him, but he was incredibly gracious and signed everything.
     So here are the gals (in back), Liz Conrad, Ami Blackford, moi, and Joni Goldman (librarian extraordinaire); and in front, da man himself. Nathaniel Lachenmeyer was also with us, but didn't make it into the head-shot.



Blogger Sarah said...


7:36 AM  
Anonymous traylorillo said...

Luckeeee you...I, too, was fortunate enough to meet David Weisner last fall at a dinner following the SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Illustrators' Day (the evening before he accepted his third Caledecott medal for Flotsam).

It was an unforgettable experience. David's passion for his work shines through. When you get the opportunity to meet him in person, it really becomes clear why he's won three Caldecott medals. I have to admit I was starstruck. I'm one of his biggest fans! He's a brilliant illustrator! I'm not worthy!

9:52 AM  
Blogger elysabeth said...

Isn't it so much fun to meet someone you admire and place on that pedestal so much? I had the opportunity to meet with some fav authors this past weekend as well at the SC Book Festival (see my blog postings from the weekend).

You should think of trying to come to the SC Book Festival next year - it's not like we are that far away from you - Columbia is what about 3 hours from Decatur? I'm hoping with next year's festival I will be on the author side or in an exhibitor booth - whichever works out for me - lol - see you in the postings and definitely see you in the fall at the Decatur Book Festival - E :)

2:48 PM  

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