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FSU's Children's Literature Center Presents Illustrator John Manders
09/08/2004

The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre will present a talk by children's book illustrator John Manders on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at City Place, 14 S. Water St. in Frostburg. The event, part of the Children's Literature Centre's Fall Author Series, is free and open to the public.

Manders, who began his career as a graphic designer, switched to illustration several years ago. Over the past seven years he has illustrated more than two dozen children's books. One of Manders' favorite subjects is Sherman, his African gray parrot, who can converse in several languages, compose music and imitate the sound of a garbage truck backing up. Manders says his illustrations reflect his "sort of cartoony and wise-guy" personality.

Manders was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later took courses at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he studied children’s illustration, animation and life drawing. Manders’ work is featured in over 30 children’s books and dozens of children’s magazines. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh gallery, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and he was honored in the 25-year retrospective of Cricket magazine covers that was held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. That year he was also a participant at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy.

Among the children's books that Manders has illustrated are "Minnie’s Diner" by Dayle Ann Dodds, "Prancing Dancing Lily" by Marsha Diane Arnold, "Humphrey, Albert and the Flying Machine" by Kathryn Lasky, "Z Is for Zombie" by Merrily Kutner and "Dirt Boy" by Erik Jon Slangerup. Manders also illustrated the traditional Mexican rhyme, "Senor Don Gato."

For more information, contact the Children's Literature Centre at (301) 687-4420.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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