Friday, February 26, 2010

David Sedaris and Ian Falconer Together!

Two of our favorite book folks are joining forces!! The next book from one of our favorite humorists, David Sedaris, will contain artwork by one of our favorite children's book authors, Ian Falconer. The book of animal fables, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, will be published by Little, Brown in October 2010.

David Sedaris is the author of several books, including Barrel Fever, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and -- the one I'm listening to right now -- When You Are Engulfed in Flames (it's hysterical, and the experience is especially wonderful when you have Mr. Sedaris himself doing the reading). The most recent item from Sedaris is a CD of five live performances entitled Live for Your Listening Pleasure (and no, that's not David on the front of the CD).

Ian Falconer is an illustrator, children's book author, and theater costume/set designer -- in fact, in 1996 he designed the sets of The Atlantic Theater's production of The Santaland Diaries, the play based on one of Sedaris's essays. Falconer is best known, however, for his wonderful children's book series featuring Olivia, an outspoken and unique little pig. Falconer won the Caldecott award for the first Olivia book. There are now several Olivia books, including the original translated into Latin and audio recordings of the Olivia books by Dame Edna Everage. He has also done the cover art for 30 New Yorker magazines.

This is a book I'm definitely looking forward to seeing!

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