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Mmm. Vanity straight up. So I never quite know how to post “me stuff” news when it’s particularly nice. On the one hand I could post the link with the typical “I’m not worthy” statement attached, but that always sounds as if I doth protest too much. Or, I could go the other route, and just celebrate the link with a whole lotta hooplah and devil take the consequences. I think, in the end, I’d prefer to just preface the link with a long, drawn out, ultimately boring explanation of why these links are problematic in the vague hope that your eyes glazed over and you skipped to the next bullet point. That accomplished, here is a very nice thing I was featured in recently at Bustle. I think Anne Carroll Moore probably should have taken my slot, but insofar as I can tell, she is not around to object.
There comes a time in every girl’s life when she realizes that all the funny stuff on the internet was written by a single person. That person’s name, it turns out, is Mallory Ortberg. And if you doubt my words, read her recent Toast piece The Willy Wonka Sequel That Charlie’s Mother Deserves. It’s applicable to the book as well, though in that case it would be “The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Sequel That Charlie’s Mother and Father Deserve”.
It was Jarrett Krosoczka who alerted me to the fact that Jeanne Birdsall has a blog. Jeanne, you sly devil! Why didn’t you tell us?
Are discussions of children’s book illustrations given adequate attention when people interview authors about the books that influenced them when they were young? Mark Dery at The Ecstasist doesn’t think so. In a recent interview with Jonathan Lethem, the two discuss, amongst other things, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a psychedelic children’s book by popular shrink, Dr. Eric Berne (who wrote Games People Play) called The Happy Valley, The Goops, Rabbit Hill, and the odd thickness (and hidden erotic meanings) behind Ferdinand the Bull’s neck.
I don’t usually advertise journal’s calls for contributions, but this seemed special. Bookbird (a journal close to my heart for obvious reasons) is calling for contributions for a special issue exploring Indigenous Children’s Literature from around the world. So if you’ve a yen . . .
And to switch gears, the cutest children’s librarian craft idea of all time. A teeny tiny traffic jam. Alternate Title: Dana Sheridan is a friggin’ genius.
Not too long ago I helped usher into completeness a brand new children’s book award. Behold, one that’s all about the math!! Yes, like you I was an English major who thought she feared the realm of numbers. Now I see the true problem: there were no good math books for me as a kid (and subsisting entirely on a diet of The Phantom Tollbooth doesn’t really work, folks). Now worry not, interested parties! The Mathical Award is here and the selections, not to put too fine a point on it, are delightful.
Out: Dark Matter. Five Minutes Ago: Gray Matter. In: White Matter. At least when it comes to how children learn to read. The New Yorker explains. Extra points to author Maria Konnikova for the Horton Hatches the Egg reference buried in the text.
Full credit to Aaron Zenz for turning me onto the site Sketch Dailies. Cited as a place “that gives a pop culture topic each week day for artists to interpret” there are plenty of children’s literature references to be found. Draco Malfoy. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Hedwig (more owl than Angry Inch). Warning: You will get sucked in, possibly for a very very long time. Three of the Very Hungry Caterpillar winners recently were here, here, and here.
Oop! The end of the voting on the Children’s Choice Book Awards is nigh. Your last chance to “voice your choice” is looming. Voting for @CBCBook’s Children’s Choice Book Awards closes at ccbookawards.com on May 3rd. And, if I might be so bold, you may notice something a little . . . um . . . interesting about this year’s hosts of the CBC Gala. *whistles*
This one’s going out to all my Miyazaki fans. In the event that you ever needed a new poster for your walls. The title is “And Made Her Princess of All Wild Things:
G rand-père est fatigué, ses montagnes sont trop lourdes. Il n’a plus la force de se déplacer. Pourtant, il doit entreprendre un dernier voyage : celui que l’on fait seul. Pour aider son aîné, l’enfant décide alors de partir à la recherche du vent le plus fort, celui qui renverse les montagnes, Son voyage lui vaudra d’étranges rencontres. Un arbre qui, en vieux sage, lui parlera de l’importance des racines. Ou encore, des cailloux qui n’ont d’autres choix que de rouler au bas des pentes. Mais aussi, le roi des bouquetins qui lui enseignera que toutes les tâches ne peuvent pas être réalisées seul. Au bout du périple, la plus importante des leçons l’attend.
Dans la vie, vient un moment où les enfants doivent affronter l’étrangeté de la disparition d’un être cher. Pour les parents, c’est une épreuve de plus car il est difficile de trouver les mots pour expliquer aux plus jeunes ce qui se passe et tout ce qui se joue dans ces instants. Séverine Gauthier choisit l’onirisme pour aborder un thème aussi délicat que le deuil, mais aussi ceux de l’entraide, des racines et de la construction de l’être. Le récit est un bijou de tendresse, de délicatesse et de poésie. Le ton n’est jamais pesant, bien au contraire. En adoptant le rythme de la quête et de l’aventure, en proposant des dialogues et des situations parfois extravagants, la scénariste sait charmer et enchanter pour mieux distiller son message. Parti pour découvrir le vent qui aidera son aïeul à effectuer son ultime pérégrination, le jeune héros effectue des rencontres qui lui permettent de s’interroger sur ce qu’il est, sur la vie et le monde, un questionnement et un enrichissement nécessaire pour grandir.
C’est Amélie Fléchais qui se charge de donner vie à ce conte subtile et lumineux. Sa vision est un doux plaisir réunissant magie, inventivité et émotions. Ses personnages, humains ou non, sont captivants et sa mise en scène invite à la découverte. Le lecteur vibre à l’unisson de l’enfant, partageant ses émois, goûtant la chaleur du soleil, la morsure du froid et la puissance des bourrasques.
Beau, vif, souriant, riche et intelligent, L’homme montagne est un livre à lire, à partager et à conseiller.
"Author" may be an individual or a co-author. The author must be living at the time of the nomination. In the case of co-authors, one must be living. If an author continues to write books of interest and appeal to young adults, then he or she may receive the award more than once as warranted, as long as it is not more frequently than every six years. "Book or books" indicates either a title or titles written specifically for young adults, or those titles written for adults, which continue to be requested and read by young adults. The title or titles must be in-print at the time of nomination. Only those titles of an author's work which meet the criteria of the award will be cited. "Over a period of time" means that the book or books must have been published in the United States no less than five years prior to the first meeting of the current Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee at the Midwinter Meeting. The five year period is stipulated so that the book or books have had enough time to filter down, i.e., reach a wide level of distribution, and to be accepted by young adults. "Continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions" means that the book or books have become a literary cornerstone for young adults.
As you can see, the author must be living at the time of nomination; and that an author may receiver the award more than once.
Also, the books must have been published "no less than five years" prior to the first meeting of the Edwards Award.
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BBB15 has already begun: it is not a mistake. Although the ninth edition of BilBOlbul will have its climax 19 to 22 November 2015, BilBOlbul is a festival that lasts a year. From Art City, with the intervention of the author Swiss Evelyne Laube to staff Steven Guarnaccia at the Bologna Childrens Book Fair and open until 8 May, the events of the festival are renewed at various times of the year.To accompany us to the events of autumn, a series of five meetings that will take players to the masters of comics and illustration of international fame, organized in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage - University of Bologna and Hera. Scott McCloud, celebrated American cartoonist and author of the well-known essay Understanding comics inaugurate this series of meetings at the Academy of Fine Arts, Wednesday, April 22 at 17:00, where present, the sculptor, the graphic novel that kept him busy for the last five years, just published in Italy by BAO Publishing. In collaboration with BAO Publishing and Pop Store Bologna.Click here to buy the book. Other meetings will be with Nadia Budde, Dylan Horrocks, Quint Buchholz and Stefano Alghisi.Go on www.bilbolbul.net for full details!
BBB15 - PRIMAVERA ESTATE INCONTRO CON SCOTT McCLOUD
BBB15 è già iniziato: non si tratta di un errore. Anche se la nona edizione di BilBOlbul avrà il suo clou dal 19 al 22 novembre 2015, BilBOlbul è un festival che dura un anno. Da Art City, con l’intervento dell’autrice svizzeraEvelyne Laube alla personale di Steven Guarnaccia in occasione della Bologna Childrens Book Fair e visitabile fino all’8 maggio, gli appuntamenti del festival si rinnovano in vari momenti dell’anno. Ad accompagnarci verso gli eventi dell’autunno, un ciclo di cinque incontri che avrà per protagonisti maestri del fumetto e dell’illustrazione di fama internazionale, organizzato in collaborazione con Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Scuola di Lettere e Beni Culturali - Università di Bologna e Gruppo Hera.
Scott McCloud, celebrato fumettista americano e autore del noto saggio Capireil fumetto inaugurerà questo ciclo di incontri presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti, mercoledì 22 aprile alle ore 17.00 dove presenterà Lo scultore, il romanzo a fumetti che lo ha tenuto occupato negli ultimi cinque anni, appena pubblicato in Italia da BAO Publishing. In collaborazione con BAO Publishing e Pop Store Bologna. Clicca qui per acquistare il libro.
Gli altri incontri saranno con Nadia Budde, Dylan Horrocks, Quint Buchholz e Stefano Alghisi. Vai su www.bilbolbul.net per tutti i dettagli!
In just under a months time it will be the opening of the Surtex show in New York - when some of the worlds best designers will showcase their latest prints to buyers. Companies from all over the world will be look for fresh new designs to use on a myriad of products. Over the next few weeks Print & Pattern will be highlighting some of the artists to look out for if you are visiting the show or
I recently had the great pleasure and honor to read and blurb a book that was truly special and very unique. It's a book like absolutely nothing that I've ever seen before, and I can't wait for it to be published so the rest of the world can read Liza Wiemer's Hello?.
Want to know what I said about it?
"Brave, beautiful, and wholly original, this story about tantalizing connections and heartbreaking relationships will haunt you, fill you with hope, and leave you smiling." —Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island series Liza is having an amazing contest to introduce readers to the story. There's lots more about that and how you can win tons of great prizes at the end of Liza's guest post today.
But first. I have another great accomplishment to share with you. Lori Goldstein's Becoming Jinn releases today. Apart from the fact that I'm dying to get my copy in the mail tomorrow, I have to tell you that Lori is a First Five Pages Workshopalumni--both as a participant and as a mentor. Yes, you read that right. Lori worked her way through the three rounds of workshop comments and then snagged herself an agent and a publisher for Becoming Jinn. Of course, she also did a lot of other work on the manuscript and had a lot of other help, but that's exactly what it takes. We all help each other to succeed. That's what I love about the YA book world. Anyone truly can become a published author with the right combination of an idea, hard work, and perseverance. HUGE congrats to Lori!
And now back to our regularly scheduled program. : )
One of the most important questions we can ask as writers!
By Liza Wiemer
A year ago, I was talking with a nineteen-year-old about the five narrators in my upcoming novel Hello?. She asked, “Why did you use free verse poetry to tell Angie’s story?”
“Ahh,” I thought. “This is a smart question.”
I love when readers ask me why. It means they want to know my motivations, my thought process, my reasons for having a character behave in a certain way. The answer to her question is at the end of this article.
Out of all the questions we ask as writers—who, what, when, where, how—“why” is, in my opinion, the most critical to the story.
It helps us to dig deeper. To create richer, more interesting characters. To move forward when we’re stuck and to help us understand the world in which our characters exist.
Here are some questions to ask during the writing process:
Why is this relevant to the novel?
Why do I want to put a flashback here?
Why am I using this specific word to describe this object, person, environment?
Why would the character do this—or not do it?
Why should he do a specific act, even though it’s out of character?
Why am I including or not including the five senses?
Why write this scene this way?
Why am I not delving deeper into the characters’ motives?
Why start or end the chapter or this novel this way?
Why is your character keeping a secret? Lying? Cheating? Compulsive? Obnoxious? A bully? A great listener?
Why not hold back and reveal this surprise or secret later?
Why write what’s expected? Unexpected?
Why did I fall into the trap of clichés?
Why kill these characters? Give them flaws? Destroy them emotionally? Build them up? Betray them? Have them fall in love? Abstain from sex? Seek intimacy?
Why do you want your readers to love a character? Sympathize with him? Miss him? Care?
Why is this character less developed than others?
Why would my characters be unable to fulfill their goals?
Why are they motivated to achieve their goals?
Why does this scene feel flat?
Why am I stuck? Or even better, why is my character stuck?
Ultimately, asking and answering “why?” will help bring layers to the story. “Why” allows us to cut a beloved sentence or scene. It leads to those “ah-ha!” moments, the surprising moments when you discover something new, unusual, or shocking about your character. In turn, you now have the perfect environment to create a moment that’s completely unexpected.
And speaking about unexpected . . .
In Hello?, weaving together five distinct narrations was one of the biggest challenges I had ever faced as a writer. I DID NOT choose to write in free verse poetry format because it’s distinct and different. In fact, I hadn’t written any poetry since middle school and was highly dissuaded by talented writers from taking on this new skill. Honestly, when I first started writing Angie’s character, I didn’t know WHAT THE HELL I WAS DOING!
I didn’t care. Why? Because Angie was speaking to me in free verse poetry. It’s how she shows the world the inner part of herself. On the surface, it would have been easy for readers to see Angie as superficial and self-centered. Free verse poetry allowed her to reveal herself in a way she felt “safe.” Her secrets. Her hopes. Her failures. Her successes. For her, free verse poetry was a diary of her life.
As the author, it was critical for me to honor her voice. So I learned. I read free verse poetry books. I had a one-on-one hour session with a retired poetry professor to improve my cadence and structure. I wrote and wrote and wrote and revised and revised and revised. Most importantly, I stayed true to Angie’s voice and I kept the question “why” in the forefront of my mind.
Thank you so much, Martina, for the opportunity to share with your readers!
Liza married the guy who literally swept her off her feet at a Spyro Gyra concert. Their love story can be found on Liza's “About” page. Besides being a die-hard Packer fan, Liza is also a readaholic, a romantic, and a lover of crazy socks and rooftops. Hello? is her debut YA novel. She also has had two adult non-fiction books published, as well as stories and articles in various publications. She's a graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in Education and the mother of two sons.
Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.
Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.
To learn more about Hello? and to add it to your TBR: Goodreads
MORE PRAISE FOR Hello? During the 1960's, Carole King released an album entitled Tapestry--a masterful weaving of story and song. A half-century later, author Liza Wiemer has mirrored that blend by wonderfully stringing together several forms of narration, one specific to each of her characters. Hello? is a truly remarkable and memorable story communicated in a superbly envisioned way. –Paul Volponi, award-winning author of The Final Four, Game Seven, and Black and White.
"A triumph of writing and humanity...the characters stayed with me long after I read the book." —Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of The Boy Most Likely To, What I Thought Was True, and My Life Next Door
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Let’s bring this world a little closer together! Please join us in saying #HelloFrom wherever you are and spread good cheer across the globe. Students from Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island, WI, the setting for HELLO?, are following along.
To embed the #HelloFrom and mega giveaway video into your website post:
20 lucky people will randomly be selected from all over the world to win prize packages that include items inspired by Hello?. Many were purchased from artists/stores from Door Country, WI, the setting for the novel.
Another fab artist to look out for from Jennifer Nelson Artists at Surtex next month is Lauren Lowen. You may recognise Lauren by her previous name Lauren Minco who is known for her quirky and whimsical characters. See Lauren's latest designs in Booth 559 from the 17th-19th May.
The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, or PICC, were created in 1994 after decades of preparation, against what Oxford author Stephan Vogenauer calls a “romantic background” of a global commercial law, or lex mercatoria. While the UNIDROIT PICC offer a harmonizing global contract law, some objectors may say that as “principles”, they are too vague. Stefan tackles this objection in the video below, and also highlights how some practitioners may be surprised by the contents of the Principles.
I checked out The Sheik and the Bought Bride because the original novel was written by Susan Mallery, without realizing that it was illustrated by Takako Hashimoto, the same artist who worked on A Mediterranean Marriage, my review from last Friday. I love her artwork! Her illustrations are delicate and airy, and the exotic village in El Deharia was brought vividly to life, both through background details and Victoria’s wardrobe. Her clothing was beautifully rendered and I loved seeing all of her costume changes.
The plot is a bit ridiculous, but because the art was so pleasing, I just “bought” into it. Victoria’s father is an unrepentant gambler, and after losing to Prince Kateb, he offers up his daughter Victoria to cover his debt. In addition to getting caught cheating, he earns Kateb’s distain by purchasing his freedom with his daughter. Victoria, enraged by both her father’s gambling addiction and Kateb’s implication that she’s part of a scheme to make a play for his money, agrees to accept her father’s debt as her own, but only if she never has to see her father again.
Kateb promptly relocates to a village in the middle of the desert. His younger brother is next in line for the throne, because their father believes his temperament and business skills are better suited for leading their small kingdom. Kateb also tells Victoria that he was forced to kill a man when he was a boy, and the ugly scar that mars his handsome visage is both a reminder of his actions and the rebellion against his father that instigated the incident. The tribesmen don’t need to constantly see his face, because they will only be reminded of the time some of them rose up against the king.
This is fun read. Victoria is anything but demure, and her boldness both infuriate and intrigue Kateb. He’s dead set against falling for her, but there is something about her vivacious personality that he just can’t ignore. When she asks him to help an abandoned young boy, and helps the local craftspeople organize and sell their wares on the internet, she becomes popular with the villagers. Even his old caregiver champions Victoria and appreciates the new life she’s instilled in the previously staid palace.
Besides the lovely art, there is action, a swordfight, and the romance to kept the reader engaged. And, wow, I would love to own some of Victoria’s purses and shoes!
Grade: B / B+
Review copy borrowed from my local library
Victoria was handpicked to be an assistant by the crown prince of the desert kingdom of El Deharia. So then why would the Imperial Guard suddenly break into her room and drag her away wearing nothing but a negligee? Her good-for-nothing father has been in trouble for gambling before, but to think he would have tried to cheat at cards against Prince Kateb… The prince’s personality is as fierce as his scarred face. He earned the scars amid a failed kidnapping, during which they say he killed a man. Rejecting palace life, he has been known to disappear to a desert village for months at a time. Victoria despises her father, but can’t abandon the promise she made to her dying mother. She pleads with the prince to set him free, and the prince agreed…on one condition. She would become his lover, and join his desert harem!
Before having our son, JoanMarie and I went to Disneyland every year, usually around the holidays. We even went while she was pregnant, but were waiting for the right time to bring Isaiah for his first time. It was a very important decision. So this past weekend, since I was already going down to southern California, we thought...why not!
We bought a park-hopper pass and started the day in California Adventure. The Ferris Wheel offers a great overview of the park.
Isaiah was most looking forward to meeting some of his heroes: the Disney princesses! The first, and most important, was Anna from Frozen. When we walked around the corner and saw her, he was starstruck. And JoanMarie and I got choked up.
Slowly, she lured him closer.
And then the embrace that almost never ended.
There was a very fun Frozen sing-along, and Isaiah helped conjure the frozen fractals all around.
Over in Disneyland, there were more princesses to meet-n-greet-n-hug, like Cinderella.
Rapunzel brought a silly grin to Isaiah's face, and it was like watching two old friends hang out.
An unexpected bond formed with Merida, from Brave. Isaiah hasn't seen that movie, but he was completely head-over-heels in love. Everyone around us could read the look on his face, and she finally asked, "Do you have a crush on me?" and he looked her in the eyes, smiled, and said, "Yes."
So I took him on the rockets in Tomorrowland to bring him back closer to Earth.
The ride he asked to go on twice was Ariel's Undersea Adventure, but he seemed most in awe on the Jungle Cruise.
Finally, after spending over ten hours in the parks, it was time to head home.
Disneyland is called the Happiest Place on Earth. This was definitely one of my happiest days on Earth.
Here’s one to hand to any kid that still can’t get enough of Frozen. And when you do, give them a little wink-nudge that this book’s creator worked on what Elsa and Anna’s world looked like. And she worked on Tangled. And then they will see the lush purple cover anyway, and sometimes that’s all it takes.
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Meet Celeste. She wants the perfect gift for her mom. Big eyes. Big dreams. (Sweet bear expression. And do you see those little shoes she’s kicked off? Even sweeter.)
Celeste is stumped. When she’s about to fall asleep, the Wind carries her away.
She sparkles with the Stars and then meets the Moon and the Sun.
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There’s something musical about the pace of the pictures here. Sweeping and epic and enchanting. The colors wash over Celeste’s celestial quest, slowly spinning one into another.
And then, she’s home again. But her heart is new and her eyes are fresh, and the same things that have always been there shine a bit more than they did before once upon a cloud.
It never ceases to amaze me that every so often you come across a cultural product (in this case, a writer) you’ve never heard of, but that’s (who’s) immensely popular and bestselling in another country. Tommy Wieringa is an award-winning Dutch writer. He’s published many books to critical and award claim, and the book most […]
I love reading picture books to every grade at the elementary school where I am the librarian, but I have to confess that the kindergarteners are my favorites to read to. And Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede with perfect illustrations by Greg Pizzoli is my new absolute favorite book to read to them. I love it when I read a book that gets my listeners to think even before I have read the first
A gifted orator, Lucy Stone dedicated her life to the fight for equal rights. Among the earliest female graduates of the Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Ohio, Stone was the first Massachusetts-born woman to earn a college degree. Stone rose to national prominence as a well-respected public speaker – an occupation rarely pursued by women of the era.
Full Speed Ahead! How Fast Things Go by Cruschiform, a French creative studio started by Marie-laure Cruschi in 2007, reads like an inforgraphic with each page presenting a speed (KM/H and MPH) and things that move at that speed. With your interest piqued, you can flip to end of the book where there is a glossary that provides a paragraph of information about the vehicle, person, animal
As a resident of Los Angeles, one of the most polluted cities in the United States, I think a lot about the air we breathe. It’s well established that outdoor air pollution is a health threat -- exposure to high pollution concentrations has been linked to increased risk of respiratory and cardiovascular damage, emergency room visits and hospitalization, and premature mortality.
Whether they be songs about angels or demons, Heaven or Hell, the theme of the afterlife has inspired countless musicians of varying genres and has embedded itself into the lyrics of many popular hits. Though their styles may be different, artists show that our collective questions and musings about the afterlife provide us with a common thread across humanity. Here are some of the songs that best represent this wide range of emotions that many people have about what lies beyond.
(Venice, Italy) Paolo Leoncini paints because he loves the raw, natural world of the Venetian lagoon, finding inspiration from the original Architect of the Universe. When he was just a small boy, he would go on fantastic adventures with his father, the artist, Marcello Leoncini, as he captured images of Venice on his sketchpad.
Paolo remembers the first solo exhibition his father had in at the Opera Bevilacqua La Masa in Piazza San Marco in August, 1947. Paolo was not yet seven-years-old, but the excitement of the opening left an indelible memory. As soon as he could hold a brush, Paolo, too, began to paint. It seemed that artistic talent ran in the family.
Cupola of San Simeon Piccolo by Marcello Leoncini (1956)
Marcello Leoncini was born in Florence on December 9, 1905. He grew up in Sulmona in Abruzzo, Ovid's hometown, where he got his degree at the Istituto d'Arte. After his beloved mother died in 1929, Marcello made his way to Venice where he found a job working for the Water Authority as a designer. He quickly established himself on the local artistic scene, participating in a group exhibit at the Bevilacqua La Masa in 1933, where he would remain a vital presence until 1950.
La Spiagga (The Beach) by Marcello Leoncini (1948)
In October, 1942, Marcello qualified as an art teacher and immediately quit his job working for the Water Authority. After WWII, he became an active member of the cultural association, "Gruppo dell'Arco," a group of Venetian intellectuals who sought to revitalize the cultural climate, exhibiting in the Galleria dell'Arco at the Palazzo delle Prigione. The visionary film director Pier Paolo Pasolini praised Marcello's Ritratto d'uomo (Portrait of a Man), which won the Premio Mogliano at the Triveneta in Udine in 1947. As an artist initially from the regions of Tuscany and Abruzzo, Marcello was winning acceptance in the Veneto -- not an easy achievement.
The year 1948 started off with a bang -- Marcello was invited to participate in the 24th Venice Biennale International Contemporary Art Exhibition, as well as the Quadrennial in Rome, and the National Exhibition of Contemporary Art, "April in Milan." On November 28, 1949, the Minister of Education bought Marcello's Natura morta con i pesci (Still Life with Fish) for the Ca' Pesaro museum, Venice's International Gallery of Modern Art.
Maternità by Marcello Leoncini (1956)
In the 50s, Marcello disagreed with the direction the creative community in Venice was taking, and withdrew from exhibiting, concentrating instead on his students, and working in seclusion. It would not be until 1975 that he would again exhibit his work, nearly 30 years after his first solo exhibition.
In 1992, two years after Marcello's death, the City of Venice mounted a retrospective entitled, Marcello Leoncini. Works from the '30s to the Postwar.
Paesaggio con mezzaluna (Landscape with Half Moon) by Paolo Leoncini (1978)
Paolo Leoncini was born on December 7, 1940, two days before his father's 35th birthday. He began painting as a young boy, guided by the hand of Marcello. But Paolo was more interested in nature than in the human figures that inspired his father.
Instead of going to art school, Paolo got his degree in Humanities and became a respected critic and professor of contemporary Italian literature, while still focusing intensely on his art. Diego Valeri, the poet and literary critic, wrote about Paolo Leoncini: "in his double-act" -- artistic and critical -- "there is no trace of amateurism because his commitment is the most serious and profound of those working in these difficult fields."
Spaccato collinare (Hillside cutaway) by Paolo Leoncini (1979)
Paolo began exhibiting in 1971. Henri Goetz, the acclaimed French American artist and engraver, delighted the crowd at Paolo's first solo exhibition in April, 1974 by making a surprise appearance at Galleria Segno Grafico. In the same circle as Picasso, Braque, Brancusi, Kandinsky, Gonzalez, Picabia and Max Ernst in Paris, Goetz had invented carborundum printmaking, opening up another universe to artists, and Paolo had studied his method.
Lunar Carnival by Paolo Leoncini (2004)
Throughout his life as an artist, Paolo has traveled through different mediums and methods -- black and white, colored inks, mixed, tempera, oils and engraving -- as he expanded his voyages throughout Italy and Europe, visiting hills, mountains, forests and streams, and capturing nature on his canvas.
Girasole (Sunflower) by Marcello Leoncini (1973)
Fifteen years ago, father and son began exhibiting together for the first time. In 2010, the Galleria Perl'A in Venice presented an exhibit entitled A Family of Artists: the Leoncini, featuring the work of both Marcello and Paolo Leoncini. In 2012, the National Museum of Oradea in Romania presented 100 works by the duo called, Two Venetian Artists: Marcello and Paolo Leoncini. In 2014 Effata published a volume called I due Leoncini a Venezia, which literally means "two lion cubs in Venice" -- "Leoncini" is Italian for "lion cubs" and, fittingly, the symbol of Venice is a winged lion. The volume featured 50 works by both Marcello and Paolo Leoncini, with a text by Domenico Carosso.
Now Paolo's journeys have led him to Paris where he will once again share the stage with his father, Marcello, at La Capitale Galerie, a gallery that also represents the work of Henri Goetz. From April 28 to May 23, 2015, La Capitale presents Marcello et Paolo LEONCINI, deux vénitiens à Paris, or Two Venetians in Paris. The vernissage is on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m.
The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes -- which include several book categories -- have been announced.
The Fiction prize went to All the Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk).
Nice to see The Moor's Account by Laila 'MoorishGirl' Lalami was one of the finalists .....
The Criticism prize went to a TV critic.