Seattle Writes: The Journey with Author/Illustrator Don Tate
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Seattle Writes: The Journey with Author/Illustrator Don Tate
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
Class typeOther
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryAn award-winning author and illustrator offers advice on creating books for children. Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington.
DescriptionOvernight success does not always happen overnight. In fact, for Don Tate, overnight success took 30-plus years to attain. This self-described “Longest-coming up-and-comer” will share his journey from reluctant grade-school reader to published illustrator, and then on to becoming an award-winning children’s book author. Tate will discuss some lessons learned and myths vs. reality, and will offer practical advice for authors and illustrators. This presentation is part of the fall kick-off meeting for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington.

Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including “No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas”, “Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions.” He is the author of “Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth” and “Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton.”

Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf, a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers, and is a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that addresses the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.

This program will include SCBWI Western Washington’s business meeting as well as Don Tate’s presentation. Secret Garden Bookshop will have copies of Tate’s books for sale.
Class NotesDoors to this program will open at 9:30 a.m. (before the Library opens). Please enter the Central Library from Fourth Avenue or the garage.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Accommodation requests may be made with seven days advanced notice to LEAP
or call (206) 615-1380 (v/tty).

The Seattle Writes series at Seattle Public Library is made possible with the generous support of a grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership. Find out more about Seattle Writes programs and resources.
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Contact Phone206-386-4636
Contact Info*Central Library
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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