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Words & Pictures: Making Children’s Literature

Janice Bond, author of A Zebra Plays Zither; Vicki Conrad, author, and David Hohn, illustrator of Just Like Beverly!; and Samantha R. Vamos, author of The Piñata that the Farm Maiden Hung discuss making picture books with Mark Savage of Powell’s bookstore.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Janice Bond

Written and illustrated by Janice BondA Zebra Plays Zither was inspired by her love of illuminated letters and language, pen and ink, and watercolor. Bond is also a printmaker. She studied art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Bond lives, works, and creates in Portland, Oregon. She used pen and ink with watercolor to create animals and instruments in this book.  
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Vicki Conrad

Vicki Conrad is a teacher with a passion for literacy development and inspiring students to love reading just as much as she did as a child. Growing up, she was always found with a book in her hand, and she has stayed that way ever since. She has called Seattle her home for many years. Just Like Beverly is her first book.
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David Hohn

David Hohn is an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. His days are spent in the studio imagining what it would be like to be someone else, doing something else--and then he paints it.
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Samantha R. Vamos

Samantha R. Vamos is an award-winning children’s author of six picture books including The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung (Charlesbridge 2019, Sebastià Serra illustrator) and its companion book, The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred (Charlesbridge 2011, Rafael López illustrator) – 2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor, as well as a rhyming, alphabet transportation series with illustrator Ryan O’Rourke: Alphabet Boats (Charlesbridge 2018), Alphabet Trains (2015) - CCBC Choices 2016 Selection, and Alphabet Trucks (2013) - IRA-CBC 2014 Children’s Choices Selection.  Samantha’s first book, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (Viking 2009, Santiago Cohen illustrator), won the 2010 WA State Book Award. A former practicing attorney, Samantha was born in the Midwest, grew up on the East Coast, and lived in the Pacific Northwest before moving to the Bay Area where she and her family now live.
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Mark Savage

Mark Savage is an author and musician from Portsmouth, England. He lives in Portland, where he is a bookseller and co-host of the Mind-Meld. Fictional Film Club is his first novel.
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