NYC – Hi Koo Launch Party

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Caldecott Honor author/artist JON J. MUTH appears at Books of Wonder on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM to share his latest masterpiece Hi, Koo!

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

MA – Poems to Learn by Heart Signing

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Caroline Kennedy and illustrator Jon J Muth speak on Thursday, March 28 at 6pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Co-sponsored by the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

Tickets required

In this new companion to A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy shares a new collection of poems about everything from sports to nature to friendship. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, this diverse anthology is for the young, the old, and everyone in between. Acclaimed illustrator Jon J Muth (Zen Shorts, Stone Soup, Three Questions) will also be speaking at the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site. It is located just a few blocks away at 83 Beals Street in Brookline and will be open from 1-5 that day.

With each pre-order of Poems to Learn by Heart, you will receive one free ticket with the option to buy up to 3 additional tickets for $5 each. On salevia Brookline Booksmith or by calling us at (617) 566-6660.

Coolidge Corner Theatre 
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660

NYC – Zen Ghosts Signing

JON J MUTH  signs on Wednesday, October 20th at 5-7pm.
  
Books of Wonder is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 20th, we will host award-winning author/artist JON J MUTH for a reception to celebrate the publication of Zen Ghosts and the opening of an exhibit and sale of the book’s art. The reception will begin at 5pm with light refreshments and time to view JON J MUTH’s magnificent artwork.

At 6pm, JON J MUTH will present his newest picture book, Zen Ghosts, the third book in the Zen series which begins with his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and continues with Zen Ties. In Zen Ghosts, Addy, Karl, and Michael are planning their Halloween costumes, when their panda friend, Stillwater, stops by in his ghost costume – a spirit mask and flowing blue kimono. Stillwater promises that he will tell a frightening ghost story to the children if they meet him after they finish the night’s trick-or-treating. But when the children arrive at Stillwater’s house for the ghost story, they are treated to a strange and beautiful tale about a young woman who splits her spirit in two. Following his presentation, the author/artist will take questions from the audience, then sign copies of all of his enchanting books. The artwork will remain on display through the end of the month.

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

CA – The Human Electic Exhibit

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Kent Williams opens an exhibit on Oct. 17th

THE HUMAN ECLECTIC | An Exhibition Curated by Kent Williams
October 17 – November 7, 2009

Opening Reception: October 17, 8 – 11 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm
MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY
170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Bldg.)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-4408

What is becoming of the ‘us’ – the ‘each of us’? Where will all of our technology leave us? Maybe it’s our detachment from the reality of mass human destruction, or the invited dehumanization of our existence through computers and online interactions. It could be our growing desensitization to cruelty, to violence and to suffering through the television invasion. Whatever it is, it appears we have stopped celebrating, or even acknowledging, the very thing that defines our entire race – our humanity. We are offering it up, as though sacrificially, to the machines we create and worship.

Because of this almost inevitable crisis of self, we find it important again, maybe now more than ever in the history of art making, to cling to our most basic possession – the human form. Call it a quiet revolution – the lone artist embracing the representation of man again – slowly and deliberately turning himself back around to look at himself again. Through the idiosyncratic self, the artists in this show collectively identify the masses: the everyman, the other men, the always woman and the sometimes child – their existences, their truths, their triumphs and their failures. These artists remind us that we, the family of man, must not allow ourselves to disappear.

This selected small, though strong group of artists is just a sampling of those who reflect the value that is being put back on the human form. These are artists who reach again to cling to the arms, to the legs and to the hearts of humankind for inspiration, and in doing so, remind us of what we are – the good and the bad – the beautiful restfulness and the harrowing despair.

Not a school or a group or a movement in the –ism sense, these artists are as different at times as they are similar, investigating mankind through courageous and honest contemplation. Bringing to the show painting, sculpture and photography, the following artists welcome us back to our basic needs and realities:

Peter Liashkov, Barron Storey, Jon J Muth, Kent Williams, Aaron Smith, Dean Karr, Mari Inukai, Chris Anthony, Jennifer Poon, Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Llewellyn, Sara Escamilla.

For more information, please contact Merry Karnowsky at mkgallery@att.net, 323.933.4408

Press Contact: Ellen Thompson at ellen@mkgallery.com or Kent Williams at contact@kentwilliams.com