Jim Henson - The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Booked: Cleveland's arts and culture reading exchange is an opportunity to get arts and culture professionals together and talking. CPAC is hosting this discussion group focused on works of nonfiction by thought leaders within, and outside of, the arts and culture field. One month it might focus on innovation, another month it might focus on advocacy, or marketing.
Our next book is: Jim Henson - The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.
This extraordinary biography—written with the generous cooperation of the Henson family—covers the full arc of Henson’s all-too-brief life: from his childhood in Leland, Mississippi, through the years of burgeoning fame in America, to the decade of international celebrity that preceded his untimely death at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds of hours of new interviews with Henson's family, friends, and closest collaborators, as well as unprecedented access to private family and company archives, Brian Jay Jones explores the creation of the Muppets, Henson’s contributions to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and his nearly ten-year campaign to bring The Muppet Show to television. Jones provides the imaginative context for Henson’s non-Muppet projects, including the richly imagined worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth—as well as fascinating misfires like Henson’s dream of opening an inflatable psychedelic nightclub.
Please read the book along with us, and share your thoughts and impressions by joining us for a discussion on June 19 This session will be moderated by Megan Van Voorhis and the discussion will be shaped by those in the room. We are happy to partner with Loganberry Books for this Booked event from noon - 1:30 p.m. Please bring a brown bag lunch to the event if you like.
Seating is limited, so please register if you are certain you can attend. If you are unable to make it, let us know if you are reading the book so we can share the online discussion with you.
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