Monday, September 28, 2015

OCTOBER UPDATE!

A great month for theater and exhibits, plus a bunch of new books!  October is going to be great!


BOOKS!

October is super exciting as it will see the publication of two very different books.
 


First, on Oct. 13, my collaboration with pal and artist extraordinaire Tony DiTerlizzi, THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA will be released.

This is my first chapter book and I'm very excited to have some big readers check it out.

  Booklist loved the book, saying in a starred review:

Willems has written a story with winning characters and bursting with tender charm, which is further amplified by DiTerlizzi’s expressive, vintage-style illustrations. Humor and sincerity walk paw-in-paw through this simple chapter book, inspiring exploration, bravery, and making friends. Be warned, excessive smiling may occur while reading. 
The School Library Journal loved the book to, saying in their starred review: "young readers will find much to love about Diva and Flea."

Kirkus liked the book, enjoying my "adroit storytelling" & Tony's "charming illustrations."

I hope you enjoy the book.



And look out for Elephant & Piggie's 2nd to last adventure, I REALLY LIKE SLOP!, which will publish on Oct. 27.

I really had fun making this one!
 
EXHIBITS!

ATLANTA, GA

SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS is on view at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA!


The exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with added original work and cool interactive stuff. Don't miss it!

I'm very excited about the exhibit and hope you'll have a blast viewing it! 





The exhibit runs through January of 2016.  

NEW YORK CITY



Opening on October 28 is the Society of Illustrators annual juried exhibit of picture book art, a big event for our world.  I'm happy to say that Elephant & Piggie will be represented in this year's show as will Tony DiTerlizzi for his work on THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA.  Go check it out.  The show runs through December 23.

Full details are here.

APPEARANCES!

I have a few appearances in October.  Please drop by if you can.


SATURDAY OCT. 10 -  1 pm AMHERST, MA

Launch for THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA with TONY DiTERLIZZI at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Tony and I are looking forward to speaking about the book, showing you some behind the scenes stuff, then having a signing for our new book (rush early copies will be available)

This event requires museum admission.  Make reservations now as the theater presentation may well sell out (there will be stand by).  All details are here.




SATURDAY OCT. 17 - 9 am NEW YORK, NY  

I will be giving a speech for educators, librarians, and interested grown ups about how I approach my work for the Teacher's College at Riverside Church nearby Columbia University. 

Should be fun.  If you decide to join me, bring paper and a pencil.  We might be doodling!

I'm afraid there will not be a signing afterwards, but pre-signed books will be available. If you're good for a subway trek, I'll be in Brooklyn later in the afternoon (see below)

Check out the whole schedule of seminars and talks regarding education and literacy.  They've got an amazing day planned.

This event is free.  Full details are here.


SATURDAY OCT. 17 - 1.30 pm BROOKLYN, NY

Book Court, 163 Court Street

Tony DiTerlizzi will join me to talk about, and sign, the hot-off the presses THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA.  Neighbors in Western Mass, both of us are ex-Brooklynites, so we're looking forward to seeing old pals.

The event is free. Full details are here. 

THEATER!



There are 6 productions of  of the vaudevillian adventure ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! running across the country this month in addition to a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL and PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT!

I hope you'll get a chance to see the shows if you're in the area!
 
If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!  

SAVANNAH, GA

The Savannah Children's Theater production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs through October 4th!

Tickets and details here. 

CHARLOTTE, NC 

The CHILDREN'S THEATER OF CHARLOTTE production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs through October 11th!

Tickets and details here.

PORTLAND, OR

The NORTHWEST CHILDREN'S THEATER production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs through October 25th!

Tickets and details here.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! opens October 8 and runs through October 18th!

Tickets and details here.

SEATTLE, WA

The Seattle Children's Theater production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! opens October 8 and has been held over through December 6.  The folks at the Seattle Children's Theater put on amazing productions, so this should be a great show!

Tickets and details here.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA

The Main Street Theater production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! opens October 10 and runs through October 25.  Collaborator, composer, and pal, Deborah Wicks LaPuma serves as musical director and leads the live band, so this production will rock!

Tickets and details here.


But wait!  There's more!


SHEFFIELD VILLAGE, OH

The True North Cultural Center is mounting a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL.  Trixie and her pals will run through October 4th.

Ticket and details here.






ATLANTA, GA


In conjunction with the Seriously Silly exhibit at the High Museum, the Alliance Theater has created a theater piece for the very young entitled PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT! which features wonderful puppets from the Cat the Cat world in a fun, bubbly, interactive romp.  This show is likely to sell out fast, so get your tickets.

PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT opens October 21 and runs through November 18th.

Tickets and details here.


Speaking of tickets, you can also get advance tickets for the Kennedy Center's remount of WE ARE IN A PLAY! in Washington, DC, which will open in November.  These, too, may sell out, so get 'em now! Note: this production will be touring in 2016, mo' on that later.


THANK YOU!



Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! spent some time on the New York Times Bestseller list!  Thanks, you!

COMIX! 

Check out my comic strip of explorations and gags called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK







I'm sharing drawings from my sketchbook, dining room dinner doodles, abstractions, photo-gags, and mo' most every weekday.  I hope you'll visit the strip often and that it will provide the occasional smile or giggle. 

Note that this will be my last month posting my sketches, as my schedule is too out of control.  

THAT'S IT!



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