The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is hosting its 2022 Weekend Conference on November 11th and 12th.
Each year Mazza’s two-day educational conference welcomes some of the top authors and illustrators to meet and present to local teachers, librarians, and children’s book enthusiasts. Those individuals looking to attend the event can register online. For those interested, but unable to attend, there is a virtual option as well. Registration for both options can be found here.
The Weekend Conference will kick off on Friday, November 11th with premier screening of the WBGU-PBS Documentary “The Magic of Mazza.” Following the documentary, Mazza welcomes its first of six guest speakers to the stage. The event continues Saturday morning with refreshments, door prizes, and five more children’s book authors and illustrators.
This year’s featured guest authors and illustrators include (in order of appearance):
Vanessa Roeder is the author and illustrator of Lucy and the String (Dial Books, 2018), and 2020 Indie Bestseller The Box Turtle (Dial Books, 2020). Her newest book The Stack (Dial Books, 2022) has already received a starred review from the School Library Journal.
Raul the Third is a New York Times bestselling and three-time Pura Belpre award-winning illustrator, author, and artist. Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge was awarded one of the year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2021 from the New York Times and the New York Public Library. Vamos! Let’s Go to The Market and Vamos! Let’s go Eat also earned Pura Belpre honors and awards.
Carin Berger is an award-winning designer, illustrator, and author. Working in London, San Francisco, and New York City, Berger has written and illustrated more than 10 books. In 2008, Berger’s The Little Yellow Leaf was named New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Berger’s other works include Forever Friends and All of Us.
Kate Hoefler is the author of Real Cowboys (2016), Great Big Things (2017), Rabbit and the Motorbike (2019), and Nothing in Common (2020). Hoefler’s most recent book Courage Hats was released earlier this year, and has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a moving celebration of the joys of a new and unexpected friendship-one born out of a newfound sense of wonder at and assurance in the world at large.”
Celia Krampien is the illustrator and author of SUNNY (2020), and she has been creating illustrations for magazines and children’s books since 2013. Krampien also illustrated several children’s books, including Secret, Secret Agent Guy written by Kira Bigwood, and Mystery on Magnolia Circle written by Kate Klise.
Keith Henry Brown started his career in comics, illustrating for several comic companies, including Marvel. His work has been vast, including watercolor paintings for greeting cards and magazines, illustration and design for jazz CD covers for Christian McBride, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Duke Ellington, and more. Brown’s first illustrated book Birth Of The Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Finds His Sound hit the shelves in 2019. His latest illustrated book Because Of You, John Lewis was released in May of this year.
For more information on Mazza Museum’s 2022 Weekend Conference, including the full schedule and registration, please visit the Mazza Museum’s Conference page.