Big Draw Festival Author Talks

The 2021 Big Draw Festival DE continues the theme of environmental awareness through a series of Author Talks. The book world and the art world come together as authors and illustrators share insights, ideas, and inspiration, along with hands-on opportunities to do some drawing! These family-friendly talks take place at the Art League – 5 N. Walnut Street, Milford, DE.
Thursday, October 14, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Nancy Carol Willis, author/illustrator: Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey 
Nancy Carol Willis has enjoyed a long career as a graphic designer, artist, illustrator, writer, and teacher. In Red Knot: A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey, she will share her beautifully illustrated story of the amazing red knot. The book is narrated in journal entries from the point of view of a red knot as it migrates 20,000 miles annually from the
Arctic Circle to the Delaware Bay and back again. Hear about Ms. Willis’s journey as an author and illustrator of this award-winning children’s book. Books will be available for sale (cash or check only).
Thursday, October 21, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Kathleen Marie Doyle, author; Marsha Holler, illustrator: Blue's River  Old Blue, the great blue heron, loves history and has been the guardian of the Saint Jones River for 400 years. There is only one thing that he fears more than great-horned owls and bald eagles: the destruction of his river. This beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, by two Delaware residents, weaves together a story of the history of Dover and the river with a naturalist’s appreciation.
Thursday, October 28, 6:30-8:00 pm
Ingrid Wolfenden, author; C. Mercedes Walls, illustrator: The Great Ocean Clean-Up  Ingrid Wolfenden was inspired to write The Great Ocean Clean-Up by the Dutch environmental activist and inventor, Boyan Slat when Boyan was still a teenager. The author will give a little background on young Boyan’s invention, and share how she writes her wonderful stories. After Ingrid reads her delightful story, Cathy will briefly talk about the task of an illustrator. Then everyone can have fun creating their very own illustrations using printouts of passages from the book, pens, pencils, and watercolor
pencils! The finished illustrations will be mounted on a large sheet of construction paper, right next to the selected passage. Books will be available for purchase (by cash or check).

Big Draw Festival Author Talks