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Children's Book Illustration is Lecture Topic Oct. 23

October 21, 2008 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A free and public lecture/slideshow exploring illustration in children's literature from around the world will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Community Meeting Room of the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

The lecture by Evanston native and Associate Northwestern University Librarian for Special Collections Jeffrey Garrett will compare children's book illustrations from the United States, Argentina, France, Italy, Japan, Norway and other countries with an eye to isolating elements both of universality and of cultural idiosyncrasy.

In "Screams and Smiles: The Cultural Anthropology of Children's Book Illustration," Garrett also will talk about related works by 17th century painter Spanish Diego Velazquez and 20th century English painter Francis Bacon – and ask why or why not they appeal to children.

A professional librarian, Garrett for more than 25 years has been interested as an avocation in the study of children's literature. He has served as a judge for Italy's famed Bologna Children's Book Fair and, in 2000, helped to bring that fair's Illustrators Exhibit for the first time ever to the United States. The prestigious exhibit, which was held at Northwestern University Library, will return to Northwestern in Fall 2009.

The illustrated lecture is part of the Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series, initiated last year to enlarge the conversation about the humanities beyond campus borders and provide opportunities for University researchers to share their work with interested Evanston citizens.

For information, call (847) 448-8600 or visit http://www.epl.org/.
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