Thursday, January 16, 2020

Robin Ha and Jillian Tamaki in Baltimore

I get the impression that this isn't open to the public, but I'm linking to it anyway to reproduce the info for Robin's book.

WI15: Children's Authors and Illustrators to Meet

Kids' and YA books and authors continue to be key to Winter Institute

Robin Ha

Almost American Girl (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, Jan.; $22.99 hardcover, $12.99 trade paper; 65,000-copy paper first printing; ages 13–up)

Why the buzz: "A graphic memoir is the ideal format for this story of immigration, assimilation, and the transformative power of art. Through Robin's eyes, we experience—on a visceral level—her confusion and hurt, but ultimately her triumph, when she is suddenly transplanted from Seoul, South Korea, to Huntsville, Alabama, as a girl."—Alessandra Balzer, v-p, co-publisher, Balzer + Bray

Opening: "I was 14 years old."

Evening author reception

Jillian Tamaki, illustrator

My Best Friend, written by Julie Fogliano (Atheneum, Mar.; $17.99; 100,000-copy first printing; ages 4–8)

Why the buzz: "This pitch-perfect friendship story is stunning in every way. Julie has the brilliant ability to write the way children feel and play and speak, and in this book she captures childhood friendship in all of its quirky, lovely detail. Jillian's lush illustrations are done in a limited palette of soft, warm colors that feel like a hug. My Best Friend has the feel of an instant classic from two incredible talents."—Reka Simonsen, editorial director, Atheneum

Opening: "i have a new friend."

Evening author reception

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