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Voyage à Paris

NOVEMBER 13, 2009
This map shows the arrondissements highlighted in various colors. Children's book publishers I hope to visit are shown as yellow markers.
I've wanted to see Paris for a very long time (ever since French lessons in 3rd grade!). Various factors have finally conspired to make this trip a reality. I fly to France a few days before Thanksgiving. But does one need excuses to visit Paris? (Non!) I did and here are two of them (there are more):
The Salon du livre de la presse jeunesse:
In it's 25th year, this is the largest of the French book fairs and it rivals Bolonge in the number of children's book publishers that take part and opportunities for teachers, parents, children, authors, illustrators to wallow in the world of children's literature. There will be truckloads of books to see, publishers and illustrators to meet. My appointment calendar is starting to fill up. The Salon is very organized and the various resources they offer has made it possible to research and contact French publishers and learn much about the state of French children's book illustration.
There are many trade fairs and conferences that illustrators can benefit from attending. But I needed something more to justify the time and expense of going to the book fair in Montreuil (Paris). So while I'm in Paris, I was able to arrange a small exhibit of my work at The American Library in Paris. This is a private library that was founded in the aftermath of WWI. It's a bit of a home to expatriate American writers when they are in Paris. The show runs from Dec.1 - Jan. 2 with a presentation and vernissage on Dec. 3rd at 7:30 pm.

This is the exhibit space: a series of glass cabinets near the main entrance to the library. Since everything is under glass, there's no need to frame the paintings which will enable me to take the entire exhibit as carry-on baggage. Sculptures included!
I created this poster as a gift to the library for it's donors. It doubles as a 2010 calendar; if you'd like one drop me a line.
Topical: Children's Books  work