Thursday, January 13, 2011

Passionate about the Picture Book? Share Your Thoughts with Hunger Mountain

Cynthia Leitich Smith just ran the press release below on her blog Cynsations--so I thought I should post it here too.

The state of the picture book, its viability, market share, etc. was much discussed last year. See The New York Times (skip ad) and Publishers Weekly articles.

Now, Hunger Mountain, the VCFA Journal of the Arts, wishes to be a part of the conversation.

For the winter 2011 issue, I am compiling a list of quotes from authors, illustrators, agents, educators and parents to be compiled in a piece dedicated to the ongoing art and craft of the picture book. In 250 words (or less), contributors will be asked to focus one of the following:

  • what the picture book means to them;
  • why it is his/her chosen art form (whether artist or illustrator);
  • why they work behind the scenes on bringing picture books to life;
  • favorite memory of a book (could be one created by the author, illustrator, agent, editor or one read to as a child or read from to children);
  • the evolution of the picture book--where one sees the industry going;
  • why picture books are needed;
  • the changing appeal of the picture book, nonfiction, or otherwise;
  • the magic of art and text.

As the quotes will be short but numerous, Hunger Mountain, is not able to pay for the quote contribution. However, a link to a blog, website, as well as the contributor's name will be included.

If able to contribute, please send me (bahegedus at gmail dot com) your 250 (or less) quote by Jan. 25, if possible.

The piece will run on the children's and YA page at Hunger Mountain in mid-February.

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