The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center asked David to create the illustration for this year's festival, to be held on April 6. Libraries and book arts centers around the world join in this delightful April Fool's celebration of the art of the book. Join in this feast for the eyes and enjoy some delicious food for thought!
“My original conception of the character Bloom was of an older, overweight female gardener fairy. This was based entirely on the line at the beginning of the story, which told that her tread was heavy and her feet left tiny cracks in the glass floors of the city. It really took me aback when our editor insisted that Bloom was a seven-year-old girl. I had to rethink — and especially re-read — everything in a completely new light. I found a way to make the change by envisioning her as a tomboy, stomping around the castle.”
A dab of backstory and a bit of process, with Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) has selected author and illustrator David Small to receive the 2015 Michigan Author Award. The award will be presented at a luncheon during the MLA 2015 Annual Conference in Novi on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is Michigan's oldest and largest library association, spanning more than a century. To be eligible for the award, authors must be a current resident of Michigan, a long-time resident of Michigan, recently relocated, or an author whose works are identified with Michigan because of subject and/or setting. Small was born and raised in Detroit and currently resides in Southwest Michigan with his wife, author Sarah Stewart.
For more information on the MLA and David's award, visit http://www.milibraries.org/about/michigan-author-award/
Hey, all. I haven't been 'on' for quite a while. So why now? Because when NPR's Julie Burstein asked me if I have a Facebook or Twitter account and when I said "No," she laughed, slapped her knee, rolled on the floor, then asked, "Well, how will people know you're going to be here?"
"Here" in this case is at the Met in NYC, for Julie's SPARK! series. I will be interviewed by Julie along with Met curator Melanie Holcomb. The topic: "Words and Pictures."
The time, date and place: 6PM THURS, MAY 21, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I hope if you're in the city or nearby you'll come along. For more info tickets you can call the Met.
Hope to see you there!