March 21

Leo Lionni, Root and Branch: His Creative Influences and the Art He Inspired

An illustrated virtual talk hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum

In this wide-ranging illustrated talk, children’s book historian and exhibition co-curator Leonard Marcus will pinpoint the key art and life experiences that shaped Leo Lionni’s many-faceted career and highlight his extended legacy in the creative work of illustrator-designers Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert, and others.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Eastern Time

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April 4

Around the World in Eighty Picture Books

An all-morning seminar on the history of the picture book for the students and faculty of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Central Time

Note: not a public event.


Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

April 9

Illustrator Portfolio Review

Leonard will offer individual portfolio reviews in the Illustrators Survival Corner of the Bologna Book Fair

Noon  – 1:30 PM Central European Time

Note: those interested must register in advance:



Illustrators Survival Corner, Bologna Book Fair

April 9

PICTURED WORLDS: The Illustrated Children’s Book Past, Present, and Future

A conversation with Marcella Terrusi about picture book history in the Illustrators Cafe, Bologna Book Fair

4:50 – 5:30 PM Central European Time

In this wide-ranging conversation, Leonard talks with Marcella Terrusi about his pathfinding, decades-long research into the history of children’s books and their illustration, and shares some of his favorite discoveries about the origins, development and increasingly global reach of an art form that is only now beginning to enjoy the cultural standing it has long deserved.

Note: Open to all Fair attendees.



Illustrators Cafe, Bologna Book Fair, Pictured Worlds

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