Pennsylvania Authors in the Public Library
Schachner will present “Writing With Cats” on Saturday, June 8th from 10:30-11:30am. This program is free and open to the public, but please register due to limited seating.
Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 18 books for children. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award.
“Growing up we didn’t have much money. My mother was very ill, and to make matters worse, I was extremely shy. All my teachers complained that ‘Judith needs to speak up in class, Judith needs to improve in arithmetic, and Judith needs to finish her work on time.’ But no one complained about my artwork. On paper I drew myself a world where mothers were healthy and teachers were kind. My life was perfection in pencil.
“The most important relationship in publishing is that of the author/illustrator and her editor. I am most lucky to have Lucia Monfried. With her gentle encouragement and wisdom she took me by the hand and helped me accomplish the impossible. In 1995 I not only illustrated my first picture book but I wrote it too. Willy and May was published to wonderful reviews and no one ever suspected my fear of semi-colons.
“The great thing about my job is that one day I can be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson’s Cook. The next day I’m drawing a wacky old woman for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The Grannyman.
“And years later I’m still writing about cats. Only this one speaks Spanish (Skippyjon Jones, Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones, Skippyjon Jones in Lost in Spice, and Skippyjon Jones Class Action).
“I live in a constant state of 3rd grade bliss – making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn’t that what we all did as children?”
Fri., June 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm: Meet and greet with book sale and autographing
Sat., June 8, 10:30 – 11:30am: “Writing with Cats”
Fri., August 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm: Meet and greet with book sale and autographing
Sat., August 3, 10:30 – 11:30am: “Brainstorming and the Writing World of Debbie Dadey”
Fri., September 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm: Meet and greet with book sale and autographing
Sat., September 7, 10:30 – 11:30am: “Why I Write”
Sat., September 7, 1pm to 2:30pm: “What’s In A First Page?”
LINDA OATMAN HIGH
Fri.,October 4, 6:30 – 8:30pm: Meet and greet with book sale and autographing
Sat., October 5, 10:30 – 11:30am: “Writing to the Beat of a Different Drummer”
Sat., October 5, 1pm to 2:30pm: “Sparking Creativity”
Fri., November 1, 6:30 – 8:30pm: Meet and greet with book sale and autographing
Sat., November 2, 10:30 – 11:30am: ”Words and Pictures: Q & A with author/ illustrator Matt Novak”
Fri., December 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm: Meet and greet with book sale and autographing
Sat., December 7, 10:30 – 11:30am: “A Visit with Barbara Robinson”
Saturday afternoon workshops, when offered, require a registration fee ($10 adults; $5 current Friends of the Library and Literary Guild members; FREE for students, K – college).
Each visiting author’s books will be available for purchase and autographing at Friday and Saturday events.
Pennsylvania Authors in the Public Library is sponsored by the Lancaster Public Library and the Lancaster Literary Guild, who will also benefit from proceeds from book sales and workshop fees.