Nov 24, 2008 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB - The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, by Peter Sís
Monday, November 24, 6:30 pm. Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street, NYC
EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, by Peter Sís
Monday, November 24, 6:30 pm
“I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side - the Communist side - of the Iron Curtain.” Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sís learned about beat poetry, rock n roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the
By joining memory and history, Sís takes us on his extraordinary journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art.
For anyone interested in history, memoir, or art, The Wall provides an astonishing fusion of all three. And while in the
PETER SíS is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. He was born in
In 1982 he was sent by the Czech government to
PETER SíS quickly became one of the leading artists in the field with the publication of the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman. With more than twenty books to his credit and almost as many honors, Peter is a six-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Rainbow Rhino, Beach Ball, Follow the Dream, Komodo!, The Three Golden Keys, and The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin. Komodo! and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North were each named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and he has won a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Komodo! and a Silver Medal for The Three Golden Keys. Peters book Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book and has been published in English, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Madlenka, Madlenkas Dog, and The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin were all named New York Times Book Review Notable Childrens Books of the Year.
In addition to his prolific career as an author, PETER SíS has contributed more than a thousand drawings to The New York Times Book Review and his illustrations have appeared in Time magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, Esquire and many other magazines in the
He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Formans Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus. More recently, he has completed a mural for the Washington/Baltimore Airport, a poster for the
The European Book Club — a new program created by the Austrian, Czech, French, German, Italian and Spanish cultural institutes in NYC—offers you the unique opportunity to discuss well-known, contemporary novels of the respective countries. Whats happening in European literature today? Who are the new talents? What are the new trends? What are the latest must-read books in Europe? Find out for yourself at the European Book Club! The club will meet monthly at a different cultural institute.
Books will be read in their English translation.
Participation is free but prior registration is required.
To register and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
Nov 24, 2008 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM