A special exhibit titled Birth of a Book showing how books by author Suzanne Tate and illustrator James Melvin come to life will open at Dare County Arts Council in April.
The Birth of a Book exhibit will walk viewers through Tate and Melvin’s process of creating Timmy T. Frog, A Tale of a Tree Climber with original sketches, page mock-ups and author notes.
Bringing Tate and Melvin’s dedication to their craft to life, the exhibit will also feature aspects of their newest collaboration called Merri-Lee Monarch, A Tale of a Big Trip, which is the 39th book in Tate’s Nature Series.
“Merri-Lee Monarch, A Tale of a Big Trip, is about a super-generation of monarchs, which occurs in our area every fall,” said author Suzanne Tate. “The super-generation is the one that migrates thousands of miles to Mexico and spends all winter there, clustered on fir trees. In springtime, it mates and returns north – an amazing story of survival.”
2018 marks Tate and Melvin’s 30th year working together on the Nature Series, which has sold more three million books.
“James and I are happy that Dare County Arts Council is celebrating 30 years of creating children’s books with us,” added Tate.
Join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 6, from 6pm - 8pm. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and libations, and live music by Martin Terry, and are part of Roanoke Island’s April First Friday celebrations.
Reception guests will have the opportunity to meet local author Suzanne Tate and local illustrator James Melvin, and can purchase books from Tate’s Nature Series and have Tate and Melvin sign them.
The show will be on display April 6-30, 2018.
For more information about the show visit, DareArts.org/birthofabook or call 252 473 5558.