Books by the Banks Book Festival proved once again to be a blast! On a beautiful Saturday in the Queen City authors, illustrators, writers, and readers of all ages gathered at the largest annual literary festival in Cincinnati.
My favorite part of this year’s event was watching picture book author-illustrators showcase their talent inspiring kids with their art. Crazy talent! Watch author-illustrator Jeff Mack below share how he draws the characters of Bear and Skunk from his picture books Who Wants A Hug and Who Needs A Bath? His advice – start small!
And Tad Hills, well known for his books about the dog Rocket (and has a real dog named Rocket) demonstrated how to create art using the letter “M” a young audience member drew. This was definitely ”art in action”!
In addition to meeting some awesome creatives, there were sessions offered for those interested in learning more about the craft and or the business aspect of writing and publishing. A special moment for me was meeting Tim Bowers, the illustrator of the picture book Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny At Bedtime. Me matey, Marcie Wessels is the author.
These Ohio SCBWI mighty girl authors Mary Kay Carson, Kathy Cannon Wiechman, Michelle Houts, and illustrator Christina Wald showcased their publications and talent!
The King Cake Baby and I walked the halls of the convention center again meeting many picture book characters who came to the event.
Until next year! Keep reading, keep writing, or both!
“You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf,” Clancy said. “You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired – it’s hard work.” — Tom Clancy
It’s a sad day when someone dies. Sadly, Tom Clancy died today. So many have enjoyed his books and or movies based on his bestselling novels. The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger are just a few that propelled his stardom and inspired followers who loved the high level of drama, chills, and thrills Mr. Clancy was known for in the books he wrote about espionage and the military.
I am certain his followers are happy Mr. Clancy kept writing until he got it right. But saddened because Command Authority, scheduled for release in December 2013, is the final work of this remarkable writer.