Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Six Authors Paint the Town

It's only March 17 and so far it's been quite a month. Superfine kicked things off with a Superfun Art Opening. 6 children's book authors and illustrators had work from our books displayed behind the funky bar where a large crowd gathered to celebrate art, passion and literature. I had the pleasure of meeting my colleagues Miriam Cohen, a legend in her own right, and Aileen Leijten, for the first time. These ladies, along with Meghan McCarthy, Melanie Hope Greenberg, Pat Cummings and myself, were in the show and have also been participating in a number of readings around town this month (see my previous blog post for details). Just last Sunday, I was on a panel at BookCourt with all 6 fantastic female authors and illustrators. It was extremely cool to share each of our unique perspectives with a lively, mostly adult, audience. Some of us read, some drew, we all told stories and did our best to answer questions. We were asked if there was an 'aha' moment for each of us with our work. I love this type of question, it forces me to reevaluate and assess how I got to where I am. It's also been interesting timing, since just a few days ago I became naturalized as an American (I am from Canada), after living here for 19 years. Needless to say, my own personal journey has been on my mind. But mainly, it's been refreshing to get out of the studio, do readings for children and meet up with my talented peers. There's just ONE more event that I'll be participating in: This Sunday at P.S. Bookshop in DUMBO at 4 pm for story time, where all 6 of us will take turns reading. Then I will go home, get under the covers and take a very, very long nap.

P.S. Bookshop
145 Front Street
4 PM Sunday, March 21


Karen Bichin said...

Oh yes, you will definitely deserve a long nap after all of these great events you've been working on/participating in! It was a treat to see the Superfine Exhibit - what a cool space and a great show.

Lauren Castillo said...

I hope I'll be able to make it on Sunday, Selina! If not, lets do coffee or drinks soon! (after you recover from the whirlwind of events that is :-D)

Selina Alko said...

Karen: I'm SO glad you got to see the show!!! Lauren, I would love to do coffee with you as soon as these events are over & done with. Let's talk soon! XO

melanie hope greenberg said...

Hi Selina, Thanks for the fabulous blog post to wrap up to our recent events. Rest up, lady! Understand the pressures and hectic schedule; I had time to lay low last week. Felt like a truck ran over me. Did I tell you that an artist friend who works with a major art dealer said ours was a most professional looking show! Brava! This month has been successful by the ripples of publicity we collectively sent out such as this posting. You've really made this month and all the planning up to the events a great project and pleasure with your wonderful style, talents and self. I am grateful :)

Selina Alko said...

Melanie: Brava to YOU for putting everything together this month. It's been a great, empowering series of events. Go go go!