Book Signing and Gallery Talk: It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw
Award-winning author-illustrator Don Tate and award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie invite you to join them for a chat and book signing, as they debut their new children’s book It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.
1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Sunday, May 13, 2012 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
High Shop and Wieland Lower Level Gallery
Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator who has drawn for more than 40 books for children, including Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge), She Loved Baseball (HarperCollins), and Ron’s Big Mission (Penguin).
It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw marks Don’s debut as an author. It Jes’ Happened is a Lee & Low Books New Voices Honor winner and has already garnered praise—and a star—from Kirkus (a book review journal) and Publisher’s Weekly. Don lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and son. He works as a graphics reporter for the Austin American-Statesman.
R. Gregory Christie has been freelancing as an illustrator for more than 17 years and has illustrated more than 28 children’s books. He is a three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration and a two-time recipient of the New York Times’ 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award.
Some of his past clients and collaborations include Warner Brothers, Moserobie Music, The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal, Vibe, Utne Reader, Rolling Stone, Montego Glover, and Pete Seeger. His book Yesterday I Had the Blues was animated and showcased on the PBS television show Between the Lions in 2008. Mr. Christie’s paintings have been used with an animated HBO Kids’ short movie for the educational DVD company Sweet Blackberry. He has also traveled the country, lecturing about literacy, geography, and history.
Recently, Mr. Christie has been commissioned by the New York City Metro Transit Authority’s “Arts for Transit” program to create an image that will be on display in the city’s subway cars for all of 2012. Additionally, Mr. Christie is opening up a live studio and children’s book gift shop in Decatur, Georgia.
More information, along with Mr. Christie’s original artwork, postcards, and limited-edition prints, is available online at www.gas-art.com.
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