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FALLINGWATER -- Anna Egan Smucker & Marc Harshman

n Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a home unlike any other perches atop a waterfall. The water's tune plays differently in each of its sunlight-dappled rooms; the structure itself blends effortlessly into the rock and forest behind it. This is Fallingwater, a masterpiece equally informed by meticulous research and unbounded imagination. Authors Marc Harshman and Anna Egan Smucker will share the process involved in writing, creating, and publishing their latest children's book, Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece, a warm tribute to the creative genius and style of the architect. The picture book, beautifully illustrated by LeUyen Pham, takes readers through Wright's process of designing and building the famous home Fallingwater, which helped revive his stalled career, in the 1930s.

Following a Power point presentation of the book itself, including rarely seen background photographs and preliminary sketches by the authors, the authors will discuss the many joys and challenges of constructing this non-fiction book for children, a book that’s been over a decade in the making. They’ll also examine the research they needed to do for this book, as well as explore the complex issues of writing collaboratively to create a text that mimics in its spareness and poetic lines, the “lines” of what is widely regarded as the most famous house in the world. This is the book that has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and glowing reviews from School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, named a selection for the Junior Library Guild, and named an Amazon Children’s Non-Fiction Book of the Month

BIO – Marc Harshman

Harshman’s fourteenth children’s book, FALLINGWATER, co-written with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan just last year. His third full-length collection of poems, WOMAN IN RED ANORAK, has won the 2017 Blue Lynx Prize and will be published in 2018 by Lynx House/University of Washington Press. His previous collection, BELIEVE WHAT YOU CAN, was published in 2016 by West Virginia University Press and won the Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association. Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. He is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia.

BIO – Anna Egan Smucker

Anna Egan Smucker is the author of eight award-winning books. NO STAR NIGHTS won the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Two recently published books represented WV at the National Book Festival in D.C. FALLINGWATER, co-authored with WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, has just been published by Roaring Brook, a division of Macmillan. Recipient of a WV Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Award, Anna’s poems have been published in several anthologies.

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