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The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery Has Opened in Chicago

CatThe Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery has opened in Chicago’s Water Tower Place.

Gene DeFillippo has been named the curator of this space. Visitors will see sketches, paintings, sculptures, and more.

According to the Chicago Reader, some of the pieces being showcased include “a Jackson Pollock-style Cat in the Hat. And there’s Yertle the Turtle’s art deco ancestor in After Dark in the Park, and a colorful surrealist version of One Fish, Two Fish in the delightfully titled The Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon.” Follow this link to see photos from the grand opening celebration. Do you plan on visiting this art gallery?

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‘Great Adaptations’ Picture Book Featured On Kickstarter

Tiffany Taylor, an author who holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter for her picture book project, Great Adaptations. The finished book will contain ten stories, written in verse, that talk about evolution.

Taylor describes her book as a mash-up between Charles Darwin and Dr. Seuss. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Each story is written in close collaboration with esteemed and up-and-coming scientists who have conducted extensive research on the topic at hand, and illustrated by an artist who shares an interest in the topic. For readers who want to learn more on the subject, the scientists are also providing a short commentary.”

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‘The King’s Stilts’ Turns 75

stilts2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The King’s Stilts by Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).

Unlike many of the rhyme master’s most popular picture books, this story is written in prose.

For those who are looking to schedule in some play time, we’ve rounded up three ways to celebrate this momentous occasion.

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The Lorax Exhibit at Joslyn Art Museum

How did Theodor Seuss Geisel create The Lorax? With “The Lorax” exhibit at a Nebraska museum, Dr. Seuss’ fans will see the birth of this beloved picture book.

This special program will feature doodles, crayon drawings, and ink pieces that inspired the book. It will be on view at Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum from August 10th until November 3rd. Here’s more about the exhibit:

Published in 1971, before protecting the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss spoke through his character, the Lorax, who ‘spoke for the trees,’ warning against mindless progress and the danger it poses to the planet … The color sketches and line art on view at Joslyn, along with the typewritten story Geisel affixed to the pages, provide a fascinating look at the early development of a Dr. Seuss classic.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Summarized in the Style of Dr. Seuss

What if Dr. Seuss had translated Fifty Shades of Grey?

Reddit user Traceofbass rewrote E.L. James‘ mega-bestseller as a Seuss-ian poem when one reader challenged someone to ”Summarize the plot of Fifty Shades of Grey like you are Doctor Seuss.” The funny results contain some not safe for work language. Check it out:

Here there are spoilers,
Of a lewd little tail,
About a man named Christian,
His last name not Bale.
Oh the places you’ll go!
Under whipdoozles and chainflams,
Into crosswhizzles and jimjams!

BookMentors Seeks Poems That Endorse Books of Poetry

BookMentors, a nonprofit book donation organization, is hosting a National Poetry Month celebration.

To participate, you can write a poem that endorses a book of poetry. You can submit your poem to the organization’s social media platforms (including Google+, Facebook, or Tumblr). Check it out:

we are celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth with daily poems mimicking the style of our favorite poetry books! Post your own poem about your favorite book of poetry or like one of the poems that has already been posted. BookMentors will donate the book featured in the post that gets the most “likes.” Get creative!

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The Moth, Dr. Seuss & Selina Alko Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Franklin Park Reading Series at their bash! Party it up on Monday, March 11th at the Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden starting at 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

The next installment of the Pen Parentis Literary Salon will take place at Andaz Wall Street. Join in on Tuesday, March 12th starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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How Dr. Seuss Helped the Berenstain Bears

In the early 1960s, the great agent Sterling Lord began to work with Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain, helping the couple sell a new children’s book to Beginner Books.

The Random House imprint was founded by Theodor Geisel (who wrote under the legendary pen name, Dr. Seuss). In his new Lord of Publishing memoir, the literary agent recalled how Dr. Seuss dissected the entire first draft in front of the aspiring writers.

We’ve collected Dr. Seuss’ advice below–this draft eventually became the classic kid’s book, The Big Honey Hunt.

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Jan Berenstain Featured in New Book Trailer

The literary world mourned the passing of Jan Berenstain this year, but a new book trailer (video embedded above) features the co-creator of the Berenstain Bears talking about a new book.

After listening to some advice from their then-editor Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), the husband-and-wife writing duo Stan and Jan Berenstain wrote a picture book about penguins. The manuscript for Nothing Ever Happens in the South Pole was “put on the back burner” for decades, but HarperCollins released it this year to celebrate The Berenstain Bears‘ 50th anniversary.

The video features Jan and her son Mike Berenstain (who helped to illustrate the project) discussing the book.

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Pinocchio’s Children’s Bookstore to Close

Pinocchio’s Children’s Bookstore, a Tennessee-based bookseller, will close up shop after 35 years of business.

At this point the two owners, Miriam Epstein (age 73) and Judy Korones (age 80), have reached an advanced age where running the day-to-day operations of the bookstore has become difficult. Owners Judy Korones and Miriam Epstein posted this message on Facebook:

After thirty-five wonderfully satisfying years, we have decided that we will be retiring this fall. We want to reward you for your patronage and support; thus we are announcing that all items in our shop will be 40% off as of Thursday, September 27. We look forward to seeing you at Pinocchio’s and reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”! In the meantime, KEEP READING–BOOKS!! (via Publishers Weekly)

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