Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Salmagundi Annual Library Dinner
Dining Room, March 13, 2019

Leonard S. Marcus will present an illustrated talk, book sale, and signing: "Picture-Book Bohemia: Greenwich Village Artists and Writers for Children"

The evening’s events: 
5:30 cash bar in the Parlor
6:30 Lecture in the Main Gallery
7:30 Buffet Dinner

$65.00 per per person (Scroll down for the menu)
212.255.7740 or

This event is a fund-raiser for the SCNY Library. $25.00 of your ticket is tax-deductible. 

About the talk: From the 1920s onward, Greenwich Village—well known as a mecca for avant-garde poets, playwrights, musicians, and painters--was also a creative crossroads for children’s literature’s most innovative artists and writers. Rachel Field modeled the heroine of her Newbery Medal winning historical fantasy Hitty: The First Hundred Years (1929) on a wooden doll spotted in an 8th Street antique shop. Her publisher, Macmillan, with offices in the future Forbes Magazine Building, had made history of its own a decade earlier by launching the world's first children's editorial department. Living on Washington Square South, German-Jewish emigre H.A. Rey put the finishing touches on Curious George (1940) while a few blocks away Robert McCloskey produced the quintessential picture book about Boston, Make Way for Ducklings (1941), and Margaret Wise Brown, having trained at the progressive Bank Street School, pioneered the genre of books for the youngest ages that culminated in Goodnight Moon (1947). A generation later, Maurice Sendak created Where the Wild Things Are (1963) on West 9th Street and Eric Carle wrote and illustrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) three blocks to the north. Crockett Johnson, Garth Williams, Tomi Ungerer, and Leo Lionni all figure in this fascinating, little-known side of Greenwich Village's creative legacy.

About the speaker: Leonard’s pathfinding writings and exhibitions have earned him acclaim as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on children’s books and the people who create them. He is the author of more than 20 award-winning biographies, histories, interview collections, and inside looks at the making of children’s literature’s enduring classics. His reviews and commentary have been featured in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, The Horn Book, and on numerous radio and television programs including Good Morning America, All Things Considered, PBS NewsHour, BBC Radio 4, CBC As It Happens, Beijing Television, and Radio New Zealand, among others.

A founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Leonard curated the New York Public Library’s landmark exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, as well as a long roster of touring exhibitions highlighting the art of Golden Books, Alice and Martin Provensen, Leonard Weisgard, Bernard Waber, Jules Feiffer, Garth Williams, and others. He has served as a consultant to the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, National Book Foundation, Bank Street College of Education, American Writers Museum, Bard Graduate Center, National Book Council (Singapore), Lamsa Media (UAE), and Trust Bridge Media (China). In 2007, the Bank Street College of Education awarded Leonard an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

His literary archive is now in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. Leonard teaches at New York University and the School of Visual Arts, and speaks to audiences throughout the US and around the world. Born in Mount Vernon, New York and educated at Yale and the Iowa Graduate Writers’ Workshop, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.


The Evening's Buffet Menu:

From the Salad Bar: Seasonal Mix Salad, Croutons, Shredded Parmesan, Shredded Carrots, Grape Tomato, Beets Salad, Goat Cheese, Cucumber, Caesar & Blue Cheese dressing.

From the Buffet Table: Spring Lamb Stew, French Fries, Grilled Salmon, Meyer Lemon Hollandaise
Grilled Asparagus, & Rice Pilaf

And for Dessert: Profiteroles.





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