MA – Salvagers Signing

Writer Bob Salley signs at Stax Books on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Salvagers is set in the post-war future and follows a group of salvagers as they gather materials from the wreckage of the war.

Stax Books
193A Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 251-0289

MA – The Princess Bride: An Evening with Cary Elwes

Actor Cary Elwes appears at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM for a screening of The Princess Bride followed by a Q&A. Tickets available here…

Known for playing Westley in Rob Reiner’s iconic The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes has enjoyed a successful career in film, and has most recently taken on the role of author.

Elwes can be seen in the second season of Sony Crackle’s “The Art of More.”He stars on the show opposite Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Christian Cooke. Cary also recently filmed a lead in the feature film THE FIRST directed by Jennifer DeLia.

His memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride became a New York Times Bestseller. The paperback edition of the book was released on November 4th. He can be seen in The Billionaire Boys Club opposite Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts, Taron Egerton and Kevin Spacey. Written and directed by James Cox, the film follows a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who establish a “get rich quick”scam that turns deadly. He can also be seen in The Queen of Spain opposite Penelope Cruz, which was released November 25th in Spain, Sugar Mountain with Jason Momoa and Anna Hutchison and We Don’t Belong Here alongside Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin. Other film appearances include director Rob Reiner’s Being Charlie, which bowed at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews.

He also recently produced and wrote Elvis Nixon which starred Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon which was released by Bleeker Street. Elwes is also known for his roles in Academy Award winning films Glory, Days of Thunder and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, box-office hits Hot Shots!, Twister, Liar Liar and Saw, and the cult classic Robin Hood: Men In Tights. He has also played popular recurring roles in Golden Globe© and Emmy Award© winning television series “The X-Files,” and the highly rated comedy series “Psych.” Other TV credits include “Seinfeld” and the critically acclaimed miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Uprising,” “The Riverman” and “Pope John Paul II.” A native of London, Elwes currently resides in Los Angeles in with his family.

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Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 248-9700

MA – An Evening w/ Kristin Chenoweth

Emmy- and Tony-award winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth brings her boundless talent and charisma to Symphony Hall on Sunday, April 30th at 7:00 for an unforgettable evening of personal favorites: Broadway, pop, songbook classics, and more. Tickets available at the link…

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked,” which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List.

In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “On the Twentieth Century.” She also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Drama League Award. Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences across the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home.” Notable television roles include appearances in “The West Wing,” Disney’s “Descendants” and most recently “The Muppets.” In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film “Rio 2” and Fifi, Snoopy’s beloved French poodle in “The Peanuts Movie.” She starred in the indie teen drama entitled “Hard Sell” and additional film credits have included “The Boy Next Door,” “Deck the Halls,” “Twelve Men of Christmas,” “Four Christmases,” “RV,” “Bewitched,” “The Pink Panther,” “Hit & Run” and “Family Weekend.” Chenoweth began pre-production on Lionsgate/Hasbro’s “My Little Pony: The Movie,” set for a fall 2017 release and recently starred in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” as Velma Von Tussle.

Chenoweth released “The Art of Elegance,” her first album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records on September 23, 2016. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart. Chenoweth also returned to the stage in her limited engagement MY LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews. In 2017, Chenoweth will reunite with executive producer Bryan Fuller in his upcoming Starz series “American Gods,” in the role of Easter.

Chenoweth is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance. She formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Chenoweth’s accomplishments were honored by her hometown with BAPAC naming “The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre” in 2012. Kristin is also a passionate supporter of charities which dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need. She is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

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Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
617-266-1492

MA – Pearls Before Swine Signing

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.

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Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

MA – FCBD: Comicazi Signing

Local artists Matt Bessette, Steven Coughlin, John Jumani, Lindsay Moore, Roel Torres appear at Comicazi on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

MA – Free Comic Book Day 2017 Signing

Clay McCormack, Derek Rook, Paul Kirchner, and Joe St. Pierre sign at That’s Entertainment from noon till 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

MA – Steven Kellogg Speaks

Press Release:

Children’s book author/illustrator and Regina Medal recipient Steven Kellogg will deliver the 7th annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture on Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The BERL series features the country’s preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors, and illustrators in the field of children’s literature. Kellogg’s lecture, a self-proclaimed “celebratory outburst of appreciation,” is free with Museum admission. A reception and book signing will follow.

In The Enduring Magic of Story, Kellogg will share his appreciation for the gift of storytelling and how it enriches our lives. “Storytelling, both visual and verbal, has been a pervasive and important activity in societies throughout the thousands of years that have elapsed since the dawn of mankind, when human beings first mastered the ability to communicate with one another,” said Kellogg. He will also speak about his admiration for the arts of writing and illustrating and how they are able to open gates to the world of stories and generate true magic, reminding us that “we all have a place in the storytelling circle.”

“We are delighted to welcome Steven who has been a friend of The Carle since its creation. Embellishing the folktale of Paul Bunyan, imaginatively creating a friendly snake in the classroom, or fantasizing on paper about the antics of a Great Dane puppy are just a few of the plots that he has successfully turned into books through the years,” said Barbara Elleman.

Steven Kellogg is the author and illustrator of over a hundred picture books. His love and dedication to stories and storytelling has been a lifelong pursuit: “It was early in my journey that I realized that stories and pictures were so compelling to me that my commitment would have to be a professional one.”

He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1963 and forty years later was presented with their annual award for significant professional achievement. Apart from that, his work has received numerous other recognitions including the Irma Simonton Black Award, the IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Award, the Parents’ Choice award, inclusion on the ALA Notable Books list, Booklist Editors’ Choice, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, The Horn Book Fanfare, and the list of Reading Rainbow featured selections.

To Kellogg, the importance of picture books, especially for children, is “for the emotional, intellectual, and imaginative nourishment that words and pictures provide when they are artfully composed to create the magic of story.” Indeed, Kellogg’s own work has touched the lives and creative imagination of countless children. As well as a creator, Kellogg is also a board member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and has traveled to numerous schools, libraries, and colleges in all 50 states presenting programs that celebrate the joys of reading. More information about Kellogg and his work can be found at www.stevenkellogg.com.

About the BERL
Established in 2003, the Barbara Elleman Research Library is a non-circulating research collection of roughly 3,000 volumes of professional resources and children’s books devoted to the study of children’s literature and the visual arts. The Library is named for former Museum Trustee and Book Links magazine Founding Editor Barbara Elleman; together with her late husband Don Elleman, they generously contributed the books that form the core of the collection and the support for its home within the Museum.

The unique organization of the collection highlights areas of interest such as author and illustrator biographies, literary criticism, illustration studies, and more. It is ideally suited for students, teachers, librarians and other professionals interested in the study and use of children’s literature and the visual arts. The Carle recently added a collection of more than fifty books about the life and works of Beatrix Potter, courtesy of several collectors. Located nearby, the Picture Book Archive contains more than 2000 picture books from prominent illustrators in the 1970s to the early 2010s as well as titles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to being a resource for the public, the Carle’s staff often draw upon the collection for exhibitions and programs.

About Barbara Elleman
Barbara Elleman, who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver, worked as a school and public librarian before accepting a position in 1975 as reviewer and an editor for the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine; in 1990 she created and became editor-in-chief of Book Links. After leaving ALA in 1996, Elleman was named Distinguished Scholar of Children’s Literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee where she lectured and promoted the use of children’s books in the School of Education. Here at The Carle, she guest curated highly acclaimed exhibits of original work by Virginia Lee Burton and Tomie dePaola in 2009. During her career, Elleman was particularly attracted to the art of the picture book, and her collection reflects that interest–books about the art of illustration, as well as picture books themselves.

About The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 559-6300

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Premiered at Anime Boston 2017

This past weekend saw Anime Boston, the northeast’s largest convention dedicated to anime, manga, and Japanese culture, held at the Hynes Convention Center. Several thousand otaku, the majority of which in cosplay, braved the cold and snow to mingle with their fellow fans. On Friday, a band named The Beach Episode, greeted con-goers with renditions of popular anime, video game, and cartoon theme songs such as The Legend of Zelda.

One of the highlights of this year’s show was the grand premiere of the English dub of the eagerly anticipated movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Following the events of the popular television series, SAO: Ordinal Scale finds protagonists Kirito, Asuna, and their friends once again playing a video game, but this time instead of immersing themselves in a digital realm a new technology allows for enhanced reality where players engage in combat in the real world against virtual foes. Naturally, a sinister plot threatens them once again.

Special guest Cherami Leigh was on hand for a Q&A session in which she discussed her ten years of working in the voice acting industry. When asked about her experience making this movie and reprising the role of Asuna, Ms. Leigh said, “She goes through a lot of changes in the movie and her relationship with Kirito grows. You kind of see how much of a positive effect being in SAO series affected her.”

She went on to say that it spoke to real life issues in that many fans of games and animation are misunderstood by others in their lives who do understand their passion. “I think that something for people, specifically parents, who don’t think that games or anime can positively affect someone. There are things you learn about yourself, gain confidence levels, and things you didn’t know you had in when you’re playing once you step outside of yourself and realize, “I can do this.” A lot of the characters in the series realize this in the movie. So I hope that it opens people’s eyes that aren’t as accepting of anime or games.”

Cherami Leigh: voice of Asuna in Sword Art Online

In discussing the themes of technology taking over one’s life Ms. Leigh said, “But at the same time there’s that cautionary tale that’s been very prevalent with SAO of being careful with what technology is now able to do, like getting trapped in this virtual world or what it might do to our brains and the crazy things that happen. It’s definitely scary but it’s really cool and I was excited to work on it.”

She also mentioned that the recording sessions gave her a rare opportunity to collaborate with the Japanese creators, “I watched it subbed and met the creative team from Japan and they were able to guide me in some of my recording sessions which is very rare to have the director, Tomohiko Ito, present. He told me about the process of recording in Japan and there were a couple of moments he said he wanted to be sure were exactly right for this version. It was great to have our English writer/director, Alex von David, and the Japanese creative team working together.”

Fellow voice actor Patrick Seitz, who plays Agil in SAO, was also a guest of Anime Boston 2017. He said following the screening, “The SAO fans were really hyped for this movie. It’s great to see that reaction and that the fanbase is still so strong after all these years. I liked that the movie was an original story continued the series and not a rehash of previous episodes.”

Ms. Leigh was quick to point out that one does not have to any prior knowledge to enjoy the movie. “They did a really great job with the movie because you don’t have to have seen the entire series in order to watch (it). “You can pick up with the movie and they’ll do some exposition to catch you up on what you might have missed. My husband hadn’t seen much of the series when he watched the movie (in its original Japanese) and it didn’t affect his awareness or catching up with the story at all.”

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale hits theaters on April 22, 2017. For further information, please go to their website: sao-movie.net/us

 

 

MA – An Evening w/ Tony DiTerlizzi

Press Release:

This is an event you will definitely not want to miss! New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi will visit An Unlikely Story on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM to discuss with Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) being an imaginative kid and how that turned into his becoming an imaginative adult. Tony and Jeff will talk about their books and their creative process followed by a Q & A and book signing.

Any available tickets for this event will be available on Tuesday, April 11th at 6pm

ABOUT TONY:
Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

An Unlikely Story
111 South St, Plainville, MA 02762
(508) 699-0244

MA – IF Anthology Signing

Tito W. James and Peter Simeti sign at Barnes & Noble on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

Please join as we welcome local contributors to Alterna Comics’ latest graphic novel anthology. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, 2016’s IF boasts over 40 creators coming together to answer the question, “What would the world really be like if people had super powers?”

Barnes & Noble
1 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
508-628-5567

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