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THE STORY OF A BOOK: A Conversation on the Making of a Picture Book (adults)
June 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
Join author-illustrator, Dorothia Rohner, editor-in-chief at Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Frances Gilbert, and literary agent, Allison Remcheck, as they share their process of working together to make a picture book.
They will share the story of how Dorothia’s A WISH FOR TWINS: The Tale of Our Two Miracles came to life, from inspiration,
to exploration, sketches, dummy book development and revisions for the manuscript.
Dorothia Rohner is an award-winning illustrator and the author of I Am Goose!. She has worked in several artistic fields that include: scientific illustration, animation, nature painting, gift and graphic design. She has a long-standing passion for children’s books and strives to create stories with a sense magic, nature, imagination, and humor. Forever Twins was inspired by a sketch that she drew while she waited in the hospital for her twin grandchildren to be born. To learn more, visit dorothiarohner.com and follow Dorothia on Twitter and Instagram at @dorothiar
Frances Gilbert started her career in children’s books when she was still a child, working in the children’s department of her town library throughout high school. Frances’s first job in publishing was as a Book Club Editor at Scholastic Canada in Toronto. She moved to New York in 2000 to set up a children’s editorial division at Sterling Publishing, then moved to Random House Children’s Books, where she is VP, Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday Books for Young Readers. Titles she has acquired and edited include the New York Times bestseller The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain, Philip Stead, and Erin Stead; I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt; the Happy Hair series by Mechal Renee Roe; Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro and Tatjana Mai-Wyss; and Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer and Dave Mottram. In addition to editing children’s books, Frances also writes them: Most recently she is the author of Go, Girls, Go!; Too Much Slime! You can follow Frances on Twitter at @GoGirlsGoBooks
Allison Remcheck is a literary agent at Stimola Literary Studio. She’s so lucky to say that she has only ever worked with books—a journey that has taken her from a library, to a bookstore, to a publishing house, and finally to the Studio—and books, particularly those for children, have been her lifelong passion.