SEARSPORT — Jane McCloskey, daughter of Maine children’s author Robert McCloskey, will share memories of her father, his classic titles and iconic artwork at a talk and book signing 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Left Bank Books, 21 East Main St.
McCloskey has published a new biography of her father, “Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures,” with remembrances of his wonderful stories and more than 100 examples of his art. The event is free and all are welcome.
Robert McCloskey, 1914-2003, was the author and illustrator of some of the most honored and enduring books of American childhood, including “Blueberries for Sal,” “One Morning in Maine,” “Time of Wonder” and, perhaps his best-known work, “Make Way for Ducklings.”
Born in Ohio, he studied art in Boston and New York City where he built his career primarily as an illustrator. He spent his summers on Deer Isle, and it was in Maine that his genius flourished.
The winner of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honor awards, McCloskey was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2000.
Jane McCloskey is the younger of two daughters in the family and a resident of Deer Isle. Her book is the first biography of McCloskey and a tribute to a shy and quiet man who was most comfortable, his daughter said, letting his work speak for him.
The book includes more than 50 examples of McCloskey’s most famous drawings and paintings, and 50 more that have been seen rarely outside the family. With stories and artwork that chronicle the full span of her father’s career, as well as their life as a family, the book is what Jane McCloskey describes at “the result of a lifetime of sleuthing, dedicated to my father and mother with love.”
To obtain more information or to reserve signed copies, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400. Copies of all of Robert McCloskey’s books will be available.