Discussion and Book Signing with Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott award-winning illustrator of John Henry, The Talking Eggs, Mirandy and Brother Wind
When: Sunday, April 13, 2008, 2 p.m.
Where: S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
Age limit: Not available
Sensitivity to and an interest in a variety of cultures has always been a dominant theme of Pinkney's work. He has also drawn inspiration for a significant part of his work from African-American culture. His award winning books are for John Henry in 1995, and two years in a row for The Talking Eggs and Mirandy and Brother Wind. He is the only illustrator to have won the Coretta Scott King Award three times.
In addition, many of Mr. Pinkney's children's books celebrate multicultural and African-American themes. Pinkney says, "Working on both the Uncle Remus tales and John Henry has shown me an important link between pivotal and opposite African-American folk heroes. Bre'r Rabbit, the sly trickster, originated during slavery and was the first African-American folk hero...Later comes John Henry, a free man, whose strength and valor bring him fame, the first strong hero for African Americans."
Event posted April 1, 2008
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010