Seattle and Philadelphia

Steve Ball http://www.steveball.com with friends Paul O’Rear and Ivan Lee in Steve’s studio. Amazing music and a wonderful experience! Steve was an excellent host for a trip that I’ll always remember. See News for details.
Steve and his daughter Sophie are my hosts at one of the 85 buildings in Redmond, Seattle. Steve is responsible for sounds and music on Microsoft’s Windows Alta Vista Program. He hired his friend, famed guitarist Robert Fripp of my favourite band King Crimson http://www.dgmlive.com, to help him out. The modern offices were of average size with nice views of the forested exterior.  There were an incredible number of young people working in these offices, from all over the world – Canada too. They were very personable, bright eyed and eager.

In Philadelphia, with my publisher, I attended the American Library Association’s Conference where I met with many librarians to promote my books. Top Left is Emily S. Cook of Milkweed Editions from Minneapolis. Top right are Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (cousins from Brooklyn and Toronto) signing copies of their sophisticated graphic novel, Skim (GG winner!).  Below is a shot of the moment before a massive standing ovation for the winner of the Caldecot Award, won by Brian Selznick for his thick and amazing picture book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, http://www.theinventionofhugocabret.com soon to be a film directed by Martin Scorsese.

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~ by Duncan Weller on February 20, 2008.

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