camden book fair by-the-sea

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Children's Book Illustration, Here Come the Humpbacks, travels | 0 comments

Location, location, location. The Camden Public Library has it in spades. Opened in 1928, this sumptuous library is a worthy destination among so many in beautiful Camden, Maine.

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Situated on a hill overlooking the harbor, the library has a loyal following, thanks to Amy Hand, their intrepid children’s librarian, who coordinated a swell group of children’s book creators. I was honored to be in such fine company.

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The Owl and Turtle Book Store was ready for us!

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On a gorgeous August Saturday, it’s true book lovers that show up to meet authors and illustrators. I had eager artists drawing whale stories with me, on a carpet almost as wide as a newborn humpback, and filled with sea creatures.

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Sam’s drawing is all about a sperm whale chasing a colossal squid near an underground volcano. Boom!

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Stephen Costanza brought an original painting, cover art from Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra, and discusses it here with a young artist/reader.

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Each of us made a short presentation about our work in a sun splashed rotunda. Hazel Mitchell got the audience drawing, too!

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Hazel captured Betsy Thompson sharing the process of her counting book with a handy assistant.

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Author Ellen Potter and cartoonist Chris Heatley stole the show with his rousing songs about Otis Dooda, the lead character from their new book. Ellen used her son as a beta tester for spot-on humor in early drafts for the story.

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Between signing books, I sketched Miss Amy, who didn’t stand still long enough.

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Hazel, Stephen and I were the last to depart, and we lingered for awhile at the nearby 40 Paper, glad for a chance to talk shop and share  conviviality among cohorts who rarely see each other.

 

Thank you, Amy and the Camden Public Library. Always a treat to visit where kids and their families appreciate books!

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