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Panel Discussion With Creators of "Ballet for Martha"

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present a panel discussion featuring the creators of the book Ballet for Martha: The Making of Appalachian Spring: authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrator Brian Floca, and editor Neal Porter. The program takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on October 2 at 10:30 a.m. Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nHead Books. The event is FREE and open to the public.

In Ballet for Martha, the award-winning authors and illustrator team up to bring to life the story of the creation of an American masterpiece, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Greenberg and Jordan’s spare but illuminating text, along with Floca’s vivid watercolors, tell the behind-the-scenes story from conception to triumphant performance at the Library of Congress. Ballet for Martha is also about the collaboration process. It shows children how art is sometimes made by the imaginations and talents of several people rather than by a single artist.

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan are the authors of many distinctive books about art. All of their collaborations have been American Library Association Notable Books or Best Books for Young Adults. Greenberg lives in St. Louis, and Jordan resides in New York City.

Brian Floca made his children’s books debut illustrating Avi’s graphic novel City of Light, City of Dark, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A native of Texas, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Neal Porter is an American children’s book editor. He is the founder of Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, which is a division of the Macmillan publishing group. He resides in New York City.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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9/21/2010