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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

rgz Shout Out: Charmed by Chris Van Allsburg

What a wonderful time with Chris Van Allsburg! He's such a dear. Divas Martha, Dia, Justina, and I met at The Bookstore Bar in Seattle and talked all things Harris Burdick. Imagine 13 authors writing short stories to drawings you created 25 years prior: M.T. Anderson, Stephen King, Kate Dicamillo, and our own Cory Doctorow included.

The Chroinicles of Harris Burdick
Based on the picture book the Mysteries of Harris BurdickThe Chronicles of Harris Burdick elaborates on the beloved illustrations so mysteriously left behind by Harris long ago.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Personally, Sherman Alexis' short story startled me most. Where did it come from, Sherman? Shivery brilliance!

Chatting with Chris, we learned that the imagery has never looked better. The darks and lights are deeper and more vibrant due to the paper in this edition.

We wish Chris the best as he continues his tour. Safe travels and joy in your new studio, Chris. May the light be glorious as you work on your next book. We'll be waiting!

Oh, and be sure to check out the story writing contest at Chris' blog!

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
by Chris Van Allsburg and 13 contributors
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade, 2011

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