Storytelling Festival, Free Webinar on New Books, Cartoon Museum Exhibit

KevinKlingBay Area Storytelling Festival: The annual Bay Area Storytelling Festival is scheduled for May 17-19, 2013, and will be held at the Craneway Pavilion Conference Center in Richmond, CA. “Stories Build Bridges” is this year’s theme, featuring NPR commentator Kevin Kling, and storytellers Len Cabral, Megan Wells, Yvette Brandy, and Will Hornyak.  Go to for ticket prices and registration information.

photopennyAnnouncing a new free webinar from Infopeople:  What’s New in Children’s Literature, presented by Penny Peck on Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12 Noon – 1:00pm Pacific Time.

Discover the new books that you can recommend to children who use your library! Hear about books published in Fall 2012, and upcoming Spring 2013 titles, that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more!  Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” boys who may have drifted away from reading, books related to the Common Core curriculum, and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children. This webinar will be of interest to: any library staff or volunteer who serves children ages 0-12, in either public or school libraries.

For more information and to participate in the Thursday, April 11, 2013 webinar, go to

sfo_cartoon_art_museumI See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art at the Cartoon Art Museum March 16 – July 7, 2013:  I See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art explores narrative as expressed through a wide range of illustrative media — in picture books, comics, editorial art, and beyond. The participants are not just artists, but storytellers, joining their artistic practices with their own narrative styles. Every approach is different. Every technique is different. Every story is something to see. Contributors include some of the most wonderfully versatile visual storytellers at work today. Artists include:  Eleanor Davis, a cartoonist and editorial illustrator. Her books include the childrens’ comic, Stinky and contributions to Fantagraphics’ MOME,  Carson Ellis, whose work can be seen illustrating The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, Dilweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and the Wildwood series by her husband, Colin Meloy,  Jon Klassen, a writer and illustrator of picture books including This Is Not My Hat, which received the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 2013, and Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Aaron Renier, a cartoonist and illustrator known for his children’s graphic novels Spiral Bound and The Unsinkable Walker Bean, Christian Robinson, a picture book illustrator, animator, and art teacher. His latest book is Harlem’s Little Blackbird, by Renee Watson, and Sara Varon, a printmaker, graphic novelist, and picture book author. Her books include Sweater Weather, Chicken and Cat, and Odd Duck, by Cecil Castelluci.

The exhibition opens on March 16, 2013 and runs through July 7, 2013 at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. A public reception will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 5 pm, and will include appearances by guest contributors Jon KlassenRoman Muradov, and Christian Robinson, among others. Christian will be signing his new book, Rain! by Linda Ashman, and Jon will be joined by local author Lemony Snicket to sign their new picture book, The Dark. Cartoon Art Museum * 655 Mission Street – San Francisco, CA 94105 – 415-CAR-TOON – <

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