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ANCA Annual Meeting 2013
Elisa Kleven to Speak

Elisa Kleven

November 1, 2013   ~  ANCA (the Arne Nixon Center Advocates) invites everyone to attend a presentation by award-winning author and illustrator Elisa Kleven. Kleven will be the guest speaker for ANCA's 2013 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on the Fresno State campus in the Henry Madden Library, Room 2206. A catered reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with Kleven's talk to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Kleven's talk entitled, "Scraps and Imagination: Creating Miniature Worlds in Childhood and in Children's Books," will explore the connections between childhood play and adult creativity, with a focus on the magic of imagination and how best to encourage it. The presentation will include views of her many inspirations, an explanation of her creative process, and an interactive drawing and story making session whose aim is to help anyone who works with young people foster children's creativity and support a love of books and art.

Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 children's picture books, among them Welcome Home, Mouse, The Paper Princess series, The Lion and the Little Red Bird, Hooray, A Piñata!, and Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World. Among other titles, she was the illustrator of De Colores, by Jose-Luis Orozco, Abuela and Isla, by Arthur Dorros, and The Weaver, by Thacher Hurd. Her books have received numerous awards and honors.

Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story

Kleven's newest book, Glasswing: A Butterfly's Story, is about Claire, a glasswing butterfly, who finds herself lost in a large city and separated from her family. Claire's resourcefulness and caring new friends help create an urban oasis and reunite Claire at last with her family. Publisher's Weekly wrote, "The radiance of each spread seems purely intended to provoke joy, kindheartedness, and optimism." To learn more about Kleven and her books, please visit her web site:

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. A brief administrative meeting will be held during the first few minutes of the program. Kleven's books will be available for sale and autographing after the presentation. Parking in Lots D and E is unrestricted. Please make reservations by sending email to Jami Sanford or by calling the Center at 559.278.8116.