Vol. 7, No. 1
Minutes for the Midwest Bookhunters Board Meeting 2/4/01 can be found in the Members Only area.
The balance of the May Newsletter follows:
We will remember…
I wanted to let MWBH members know of Lee’s death from pancreatic cancer on January 17. He died at home with our family around and with the support of our local hospice group. At his request, he was buried at sea by the U.S. Navy off of Jacksonville, FL. He had served 26 years in the Navy, retiring in 1992.
If anyone asks about memorials, we would welcome support for HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, in the name of Leland H. Price.
Peggy Price, Knollwood Books
A Circle of Ten Trees will be planted in Memory of Connie Reuveni by Midwest Bookhunters under the auspices of Trees for Israel, Jewish National Fund of America.
BOOK FAIR MANAGER -POSITION AVAILABLE
As you may be aware, Joycelyn Merchant has advised us she has decided to forego the MWBH Chicago Area Book Fair Manager duties following the May 6 Loyola Book Fair in order to devote more time to her jewelry design business. Joycelyn has done an excellent job for us in the Book Fair Manager capacity and we have been fortunate to have had a person of her caliber providing that valuable service for our organization. She is interested in continuing in her MWBH Coordinator capacity, however, and the board has met and determined we wish her to do so.
So, the Midwest Bookhunters organization is in search of a new Chicago area Book Fair Manager. Any MWBH member interested in being considered for this paid position is asked to submit a letter to the MWBH board by June 1, 2001, specifying such interest and indicating their qualifica-tions and experience for such position. Questions may be directed to myself, any board member, or to Joycelyn.
New Newsletter Feature
Pat Martinak has made what I consider to be an outstanding recommendation for a regular segment inclusion for our MWBH newsletter. She has suggested we feature a MWBH member and their book business in each newsletter issue. The member chosen can tell us about themselves and their book business, their interests, specialty areas, etc. In this way we can learn more about our fellow members and their book activities, and in the process, help them to perhaps gain more business through this excellent free advertising opportunity. And, we can hopefully learn some things which may help us to enhance our own businesses, too. Those interested in having their businesses highlighted should submit their names to Pat. To be fair to all interested, we will draw out of a hat the business to be featured in each subsequent newsletter from the names submitted.
Children’s Book Illustrator Featured in Kerlan Exhibit
The spring issue of the Kerlan Collection (Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota) newsletter announced a new exhibit: Heroes and Legends: Book Illustrations by Charles Mikolaycak, April 4 through May 25, 2001. The exhibit featured approximately thirty drawings of Mikolaycak and illustrate the process he uses to develop illustrations from thumbnail sketches to finished publication.
After starting his career as an illustrator and designer, Mikolaycak illustrated his first book for children in 1967. He is perhaps best know for his illustrations of folktales such as Babushka: An Old Russian Folktale (Holiday House, 1984), whose story he also adapted. Besides this and other drawings for Cricket Magazine, Mikolaycak has illustrated books by many well- known authors, among them Jane Yolen and Eve Bunting. His work has a strong sense of mood, time, and place, never “drawing down” for children. The Kerlan contains production material for seventy-two of his titles. Mikolaycak received the 1987 Kerlan Award for his contributions to children’s literature. He died on June 23, 1993.
This information, as well as other news about children’s literature, may be accessed at the Kerlan web site. The Kerlan has been a past beneficiary of the MWBH.