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Allen Say Exhibition

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It was nine hours of driving, round-trip, but worth it. Allen Say's retrospective exhibition...in celebration of his 70th birthday...will be at the Eric Carle Museum in Amerhest, Massachusetts, until October, and if you are able to get there, you should. We all know his books. But to see the orgiinal paintngs is a very different experience; they are luminous.

I was fortunate to have dinner with Allen and a number of others including Eric Carle and his wife. The grounds of the museum are so beautiful, and there was a moment, when, glancing out, I could see one of Allen's guests from Japan, in kimono, standing in the twilight in the grden..it was magical.

Here is a not-so-magical photograph of me and Allen.

With_allen

And here, having nothing whatsoever to do with Allen and his work...is a photograph of one of my most amazing flowers, now in bloom: a black hollyhock.

Black_hollyhock

OOps. thunderstorm starting. I have to turn off the computer.

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sandi Monday, 29 November 1999

I like the bag!
It's crazy to me to think that all it takes is a change of a cover photo to get an adult to read books. But, ya know, whatever it takes.
The Messenger cover reminds me a lot of the other cover of The Giver- the one with the hands. Was that intentional?

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Yes, I think I didn't describe the cover situation very well in my post. THE GIVER has its original cover, with the old man; it also has a green cover with hands holding a snowflake. GATHERING BLUE has a similiar cover, with hands, and a blue background,. Now this is the alternative (with hands) cover for MESSENGER.

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Belinda Ho Monday, 29 November 1999

Hi Lois,
I'm a student at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, and read both "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger" for the first time last night. I just wanted to tell you that both books moved and inspired me greatly, and I look forward to reading more of your books.
As for the cover, I really like the new orange/red cover for "Messenger". Any chance of a 4th book to follow "Messenger"?

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Kelsey Monday, 29 November 1999

Oh, if it makes you feel any better, that bag is much nicer than the one I pictured when you first wrote about it. But seeing as I hate to spend more than about $20 on anything it still seems a little steep! Maybe it will last for years and years.
I also like the new cover. I know your books don't lend themselves to this, but at least they didn't give them pink and flowery make-overs as they seem to be doing with many reissues these days. "Put pink flowers on them and the women will read!" Ugh. I wonder how the authors feel?

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Kate Monday, 29 November 1999

Hey LL,
That looks like a Tumi bag to me! Those retail for around $175+ on ebags: http://www.ebags.com/products/index.cfm?modelid=41681&sourceID=NXTAG00001&.
Maybe that will make you feel a little bit better ;)

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