October 13

Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Changed Children’s Books Forever

A free virtual talk hosted by the Norfolk, CT Library

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Eastern Time

In the 1940s, Golden Books revolutionized American children’s book publishing by making quality picture books available everywhere for just 25 cents each. In this illustrated presentation, Leonard tells the behind-the-scenes tale of the visionary enterprise that brought together top-flight artists, writers, and marketing wizards to make Golden Books a cultural icon and household name.

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October 20

Over Here!: World War One Posters and the Art of Persuasion

A virtual program hosted by the Hotchkiss Library, Sharon, CT

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Eastern Time

World War One was the first global event in which poster art played a major role in rousing national sentiment, selling war bonds, and keeping the public informed. In this illustrated talk, Leonard samples a newly re-discovered trove of these impactful images created by James Montgomery Flagg, Joseph Pennell, J. C. Leyendecker, and others.

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October 24

Modernist in the Nursery: How Dorothy Kunhardt Made the Picture Book New

A hybrid live/virtual free event at The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street, New York, NY

6:00 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time

Best known for Pat the Bunny (1940), Dorothy Kunhardt turned the children’s publishing world on its ear as the creator of forty innovative books whose jaunty game-like narratives and faux-naif art slyly expressed her affinity for modernist provocation and grasp of the latest theories of childhood development. In this illustrated program, historian Leonard S. Marcus takes a fresh look at this under-appreciated visionary’s legacy, which is also the subject of a new book he coauthored, Dorothy Kunhardt: Collected Works (Steidl/Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation).

Access virtually (FREE): Register for Live Event Link


November 15

The Picture Book Reimagined: Bruno Munari and His Creative Legacy

A free live event at the Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street, New York, NY

6:00 – 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Bruno Munari propelled the children’s picture book in startling new directions, introducing sculptural and toy-like elements to the printed page designed to unleash a child’s imagination as never before. In this illustrated talk offered in conjunction with the exhibition Bruno Munari: The Child Within, Leonard will trace the worldwide impact of this beguiling innovator’s ground-breaking books on the work of picture book artists Leo Lionni, Eric Carle, Kveta Pacovsk√°, David A. Carter, Katsumi Komagata, and others.

General admission: $15
Members and Students: Free

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