Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MO WILLEMS STUDIO SUMMER 2016 UPDATE!

It's a busy summer this year with conferences, appearances, theater, and exhibits!

Here are some of the highlights:

APPEARANCES!

JUNE is the busiest month for me this summer. I hope you'll come see me when I visit:

NEW YORK - JUNE 3, 4

I'll be doing a few events at the New-York Historical Society in conjunction with the ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS exhibit there.


June 3, 6pm:   Screening of Trixie Willems' short documentary TEAM MO followed by a  
Q +A with Trixie (that's right, the REAL Trixie) and myself. Details HERE!

This event is SOLD OUT. Please contact venue regarding standby.


June 4, 1pm: I'll be reading for you, then doing a signing during the Mo Willems weekend at the museum! Details HERE!  

This event is SOLD OUT. Please contact venue regarding standby.

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 9 - 7pm


I'll be reading and signing at the

ElliottBay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122


This event is open to the public. Please contact venue regarding line tickets, etc.

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JUNE 10 - 5pm



Ticketed event hosted by Kidsbooks

at

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Gymnasium

2550 Camosun Street

Vancouver, BC
This event is SOLD OUT. Please contact venue regarding standby.
 
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 22 - 29

Looking forward to visiting two conferences in Orlando this summer and meeting with independent booksellers and librarians.  The events are as follows.


WED. JUNE 22 -  5.30 PM  - CHILDREN'S INSTITUTE AUTHOR RECEPTION.

I'll be joining a slew of authors to chat with indie booksellers.

This event is open to attendees of the Indie's Children's Institute.


FRI. JUNE 24 - 5:30 PM - 7PM "THANK-O-RAMA" AT ALA

DISNEY/HYPERION BOOKS #1350

I'll be celebrating the Thank You Book with a signing starting at 6pm.  Get in line early, there are a limited number of copies to be signed on a first come first serve basis.

I look forward to seeing you!


This event is open to attendees of the ALA convention.     

 


SAT. JUNE 25 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM "ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING SIGNING"

DISNEY/HYPERION BOOKS #1350

I'll be joined by pals Dan Santat & Laurie Keller as we celebrate their fantastic, hilarious stories that are launching the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series this fall.

Get in line early, there are a limited number of copies to be signed on a first come first serve basis.

I look forward to seeing you!

 

SUN. JUNE 26 - 3 PM "PRESIDENT'S AWARD CEREMONY (INCLUDING THE SNICKET PRIZE)"

For the 3rd year, Mr. Snicket is awarding a prize to a Noble Librarian Faced with Adversity.  Included in the prize is a keepsake from Mr. Snicket's collection, which in past years has been a large platter doodled on by myself.

This year's winner is well deserved and remarkable.  I look forward to maybe surprising her... 


This event is open to attendees of the ALA convention.     



MON. JUNE 27 - 8:30 AM -  10 AM  "ALSC AWARDS PRESENTATION"

I'll be saying a few words as I accept the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Video for the animated THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! which I produced with the fine folks at Weston Woods.  

This event is open to attendees of the ALA convention. 
ALA is always a fun time to catch up w/ old pals.

PLAINVILLE, MA - AUGUST 14 - 1 PM



Looking forward to visiting AN UNLIKELY STORY, a wonderful store founded by pal Jeff Kinney for a reading and signing.


This event is open to the public. Please contact venue regarding line tickets, etc.


COLUMBUS, OH -AUGUST 19 - 7pm



I'm very excited to visit the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum, a mecca for comix nerds that I have yet to visit.

I'll be doing a more grown-up oriented conversation/interview entitled THE DOWN LOW ON MO with my pal and fellow cartoonist Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange) at the Wexner Center for the Arts – MERSHON AUDITORIUM.

We'll be discussing craft, career, and chaos.  Should be great fun!... 

There will be a signing afterwards.

Details are HERE.

This event is FREE and I will read some of my work, but the evening is oriented towards the grown ups and art students. Please contact venue regarding line tickets, etc.
 


EXHIBITS!

NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
 



THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS at the fantastic New-York Historical Society on Central Park West & 77th st in Manhattan is currently open.

A wonderful, interactive exhibit that features my book work and earlier work for Sesame Street and Cartoon Network all with an NYC focus; you can even listen to me explain my process with an audio tour!



Elephant and Piggie will be available for special events throughout the run of the show.  There will also be regular film screenings and other events throughout the run.

 
The exhibit runs thru September 25, 2016, after which much of the original art will rest for a bit. So, if you're in NYC, do go for a visit, it'll be a while before this stuff is out in the world again.  

 

The NEW YORK TIMES devoted a bunch of ink on reviewing the exhibit.  Their take on my work is extraordinarily flattering.  When you read something like: "If there’s a living creator of children’s books who stands a chance of occupying a cultural position akin to a Dr. Seuss or a Charles M. Schulz, it’s Mr. Willems," it's hard not to blush.

The review his HERE. 

Did I mention the Pigeon-head cookies at the café?
 


R. MICHELSON GALLERIES, NORTHAMPTON, MA

The R. Michelson Galleries will have a retrospective of works from every one of the 25 Elephant & Piggie adventures in a show entitled WE ARE IN AN EXHIBITION that has been extended to run thru JULY, 2016! 

This will be a special chance to see how the characters developed and changed over the past decade.  

FULL DETAILS ARE HERE. 

Here is a fun video with images from the show:




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 opens July 1, 2016 and closes on October 9th 

FULL DETAILS ARE HERE.

THEATER!

A few productions are running around the country this summer.  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!  


SAN FRANCISCO, CA

The BAY AREA CHILDREN'S THEATER production of ELEPHANT &  PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!  runs thru June 12, 2016!


Full Details are here.


ANNAPOLIS, MD


The INFINITY THEATER COMPANY production of ELEPHANT &  PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!  runs from July 9 - August 6, 2016!

Full details are here.



EVANSTON, IL

The NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY production of ELEPHANT &  PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!  runs from July 30 - August 7, 2016!


Full Details are here. 
 

GREENSVILLE, SC



The SOUTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S THEATER production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL runs from June 18 - 26, 2016.

Full details are here. 

Also:

Starting in the fall, the KENNEDY CENTER THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCE'S production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! will begin the 2nd leg of its tour.  It's a big one and (hopefully) will be coming to your area.  Do go see it if you can (& tell 'em Mo sent ya).
 

THANKS!

Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's final adventure, THE THANK YOU BOOK! debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list!  What a wonderful opportunity to have a THANK-O-RAMA and thank you!

(VIDEOS)

As part of THANK-O-RAMA, I spent the month of May thanking folks.  We even made a website, which you can visit here!  It has lots of fun stuff & downloadales.


 

If you'd like to see more videos, including all of my THANK-O-RAMA VIDEOS, check out the MO WILLEMS CHANNEL on YouTube.

PRESS!

THE WASHINGTON POST had some questions for me about my work (past present and future )and I had some answers. 



The New York Times gave a wonderful review to THE THANK YOU BOOK, including a retrospective slide show of Elephant and Piggie thru the years.


School Library Journal loved THE THANK YOU BOOK and gave it a starred review, calling it a "must-have". 

I'm excited to see 2 Elephant and Piggie books on this years Children's Choice list, a list voted on by real kids!

RADIO/VIDEO!

A few fun radio interviews over the past month.


I chatted with Australian Radio about my exhibit at the New-York Historical Society and other fun stuff.  You can hear that interview here.

Also on Australian radio, I got to participate in a cool segement called TOP SHELF, where artists describe their top 5 works of art.  I really enjoyed this one.  Do take a listen (here). 

More locally, I walked over to my local radio station (WHMP) to chat with Bill Newman, Monte Belmonte, and R Michelson to talk about my Elephant & Piggie exhibit and mo'.  You can hear that conversation here (at the 35 minute mark).

Later, I walked thru the exhibit with The River's always fun Monte Belmonte, discussing the histrory of Elephant and Piggie.  Hear it here!

Here is a fun review of the Maori translation of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! for New Zealand radio (at the 2:50 mark).  It's a thrill to have my books in Maori.

At BEA, I had an extended conversation with the PBS' Book View Now:



Later, we chatted about upcoming projects and other fun stuff on the PBS facebook site. (You may need facebook to view this, but it worked without that on my mobile phone) 

  HISTORY!

Not many folks know that I started out in sketch comedy, forming a group in college in 1987 called THE STERILE YAK that eventually split into 2 groups, one of which became THE STATE, whose groundbreaking work was a feature of 1990's MTV.

Well, the whole messy story (and many, many more) are featured  in Corey Stulce's THE UNION OF THE STATE Pick up a copy if you're interested in comedy.  It's an interesting read. coreystulce.com

 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...