Splendid Summer Reads
If you enjoyed Lauren Wolk’s debut “Wolf Hollow” you’re certain to be mesmerized by her latest “Beyond the Bright Sea.” A plucky character with a caring nature, Crow is persistent in this must-read-book that has much to say about sacrifice and courage. “Beyond the Bright Sea” is sure to earn Wolk additional accolades.
What San Antonio Writers Are Reading This Season
Aside from poetry “by everybody,” poet and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye is currently reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, which she describes as “a most haunting novel.” The author of Transfer and Fuel also recommends Megan Staffel’s The Exit Coach, Lost Geography by Charlotte Bacon, and I, Who Did Not Die by Zahed Haftlang, Najah Aboud and Meredith May, a book about friendship amid the Iran/Iraq war which takes its very title from one of Nye’s poems. As for summer reading advice, Nye says: “I recommend everybody go to the library and find a book you never heard of to fall in love with.”
2015 Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla is into Margaret Atwood. Having loved Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, which Tafolla sees as “way too recognizable to not be eerie and a warning sign of dangers ahead,” she has started reading The Handmaid’s Tale. The author of The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans also intends to read at “least one truly inspiring children’s book a week” to offset any dystopia overload.
Austin American-Statesman: Need a good book recommendation? Try these best-sellers
CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
‘The Princess & the Warrior,’ Duncan Tonatiuh
Nine new acquisitions celebrate National Museum of Women in the Arts’ 30th anniversary year
WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Museum of Women in the Arts announces recent major collection acquisitions in celebration of the beginning of the museum’s 30th-anniversary year. Newly acquired works by Faith Ringgold [and others] are currently on view in the museum’s collection galleries, from June 23 to Sept. 10, 2017.
Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, New York City)
American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas, 1997
Acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border, 80 ½ x 76 in.
Faith Ringgold is well known for originating the African American story quilt revival in the late 1970s. In combining the “high” art practice of painting with the “craft” of quilt-making, Ringgold creates objects that defy stereotypical categorization. Ringgold’s quilts fuse together textiles-traditionally the domain of women-with painting on canvas. In this way, Ringgold’s narrative works are a reflection of the traditions of her own family, such as sewing, which she learned from her mother, as well as of larger African American cultural traditions.
Often, Ringgold’s stories are told over multiple quilts; Jo Baker’s Bananas is from one of these series, The American Collection. In this story quilt, Ringgold depicts the famous African American dancer Josephine Baker (1906–1975), who became a stage legend in France, where she lived most of her life. Baker’s figure is represented five times across the top of the quilt, implying a sense of movement across a stage. The so-called “Banana Dance” that she performed in 1926 at Paris’s Folies Bergère music hall cemented her fame. Offstage, Baker supported the burgeoning Civil Rights movement in the United States and used her fame and fortune to bolster support for the cause.
NY Times: Live Illustration: R. Gregory Christie via Facebook
Join us for live drawing with R. Gregory Christie, who has won many awards for his children’s books illustrations, most recently a Newbery Honor for “Freedom in Congo Square.” Comment with your questions about creativity, children’s books and more, and NYT editor Maria Russo will ask some….
Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges
books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the
Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace,
justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books
also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.
A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.