Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mo Willems Studio OCTOBER 2016 UPDATE!

October features a NEW book, touring shows, wonderful exhibitions, and fun stuff!

 BOOKS!

October 25 will see the publication of my next picture book, NANETTE'S BAGUETTE, which has already garnered a starred review from KIRKUS and another starred review from BOOKLIST.


I'm very excited and proud of the book, it's been great fun doing preview readings of the story over the past few monthsI hope you'll enjoy it!

This video sizzle gives you a sense of the process of making the book.





APPEARANCES!

I have one appearance in October to launch NANETTE'S BAGUETTE at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM in AMHERST, MA:


October 22, 2016
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission 

I'll be doing 2 readings and a big signing.  There will be all kinds of other fun activities and photo ops, too!  

Join us for an exclusive preview of Mo Willems' new book, Nanette’s Baguette! Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, Nanette’s Baguette follows a plucky heroine on her first solo trip to the bakery. Listen to Mo as he reads from his new book, plus meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!


Reservations are required for the 11:00 am and 12:00 pm auditorium programs and can be made by calling (413) 559-6336.   

UPDATE: THE READINGS HAVE SOLD OUT, BUT THERE WILL BE STAND-BY & MANY OTHER FUN EVENTS THRU-OUT THE DAY.  ADDITIONALLY, MANY OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS FROM THE BOOK WILL BE ON VIEW!

Schedule
11:00 – 11:30 am
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

11:00 – 11:30 am
Storytime and Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium) – (reservations required)

11:30 am
Storytime (Reading Library)

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Storytime and Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium) – (reservations required)

12:30 – 2:30 pm
Book Signing with Mo Willems (Great Hall)

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

1:00 pm
Film - Getting to Know Mo Willems (Auditorium )

1:30 pm (Auditorium)
    Films - Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, The D  uckling Gets a Cookie!?  

2:00 pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

2:30 pm
Films -   Knuffle Bunny  ,  Knuffle Bunny Too , and  Knuffle Bunny F ree  (Auditorium)

3:00 pm
Films -  Leonardo the Terrible Monster , Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosa urs (Auditorium)


Here's an article about the show.

This event is open to the public w/ museum admission.


EXHIBITS!

BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM, Chadds Ford, PA 






GET THE PICTURE, CONTEMPORARY CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION is a group show featuring original work from wonderful artists and pals Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Marla Frazee, Jon Klassen, Melissa Sweet, David Wiesner, and myself.   Each artist will have a large collection of work, so this should be quite a fun exhibit.

The exhibit closes on October 9th, 2016 

FULL DETAILS ARE HERE.

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Here is a nice local news visit to the exhibit.

 THEATER!

Lots of productions of my plays this month. Go see a show 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!  


KENNEDY CENTER TOUR!






I'm excited that the KENNEDY CENTER TOURING production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! is back on the road all across AMERICA and CANADA.

It's a great show and one that often sells out.  So, get your tickets! 

Remember to contact the individual venues for tickets and details.  Some of these may be school performances, but most should be open to the public.  

Note: schedules are subject to change.

Here is the tour schedule for the next few months:


National Tour

2016-2017 Season

Public and School-time Performances







Thru-Oct. 23              Minneapolis, MN          Children’s Theatre Company

October 27                Cincinnati, OH               Aronoff Center

October 31                Beaver Creek, CO         Vilar Performing Arts Center



November 3-5           Salt Lake City, UT         Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah

November 8             Billings, MT                    Alberta Bair Theater

November 11            Boise, ID                       Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

November 14-15       Mesa, AZ                      Mesa Arts Center

November 18            Chandler, AZ                 Chandler Center for the Arts

November 28             New Orleans, LA          Isidore Newman School
*note: this show will be performed at my old High School!

Nov. 30-Dec. 1           Fayetteville, AR            Walton Arts Center



December 6               Sarasota, FL               Van Wezel

December 8              Punta Gorda, FL          Charlotte Performing Arts Center

December 10            Cutler Bay, FL              South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center

December 12            Belle Glade, FL            Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach State

December 14            Coral Springs, FL         Coral Springs Center for the Arts


 


But that's not all!  There's 2 local productions of my plays to check out on either coast!
   
OLYMPIA, WA

The OLYMPIA FAMILY THEATER'S production of ELEPHANT &  PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!  runs thru Oct. 23, 2016!


Full Details are here.



GLEN ECHO, MD
 



 
The Adventure Theater's production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL runs thru Oct. 23, 2016!

Full details are here. 



This production of Knuffle Bunny has already received a glowing review!

STUFF!


The folks at Signals have released a set of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE PJ's!

(When I announced this earlier in September on social media, the immediate response was overwhelming disappointment that there are no adult sizes.  We've shared your enthusiasm with the folks at SIgnals, but  I don't know the PJ market and must trust that these guys are making them in the sizes that will be wanted. FYI, are also Knuffle Bunny and Pigeon fabrics for those who want to make their own stuff.  Everything that is official that you can get is on MO WILLEMS STUFF. Check it out.)


THANKS!

Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's final adventure, THE THANK YOU BOOK! stayed  on the New York Times Bestseller list  for much of September, totaling 20 weeks so far !

Thank YOU! 

PRESS!
  

Or should I say, "Stampa".  Here's a short interview with me during my recent visit to Mantova, Italy. 

Here's another Italian interview!

Everyone was very nice and the journalists had read my books (which isn't always the case in the States)!

THAT'S IT!







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If you'd like to see some of my cartoons and doodles, check out FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK., which features 25 months of drawings and ideas from Paris, France, Northampton, MA, and beyond. They're currently re-running, so you can see a new drawing every day!

Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...