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Karl Newsom Edwards

Edwards_cover_webKarl Newsom Edwards is a children’s picture book author and illustrator. Born in Oakland, California, he is a graduate of the California College of the Arts with a degree in drawing. He made his debut as an author/illustrator this year with Fly! (Knopf. 2015). Fly! was nominated in June to the ALA list of Notable Books of 2015. A long-time illustrator, books include Er-lang and the Seven Suns by Tony Guo and Euphine Cheung, the Edgar-award winning Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen, and 2011 Newbery Honor book The New Kid by Mavis Jukes. He has lectured at Portland State University graduate program in publishing. Karl is involved with the Yell and Tell Foundation, a child safety advocacy nonprofit. He is also a veteran graphics and headbadge designer for the bicycle industry. He toured and raced in Europe and Japan on an original 1887 Victorian highwheel bicycle he restored. Karl lives in Portland, Oregon.

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