Although I've written here or elsewhere that I don't like to have children's-book art hanging in my house (because it reminds me of work and because I don't think much sequential-style illustration works on the wall) I was very pleased to acquire, at the ABC silent auction at BEA, a drawing by Jules Feiffer, of either a lion or a dog. It's not that I can't tell what the picture is; it's that there were two drawings (both sketches Feiffer had done for a bookstore presentation) in the lot and I went in with Hyperion's Brenda Bowen for the killer bid. Now we just have to decide who gets which.
The auction was fun, the dinner following was edible (barely--scary salmon), the speakers--Jerry Pinkney, Eoin Colfer--were bearable. Adding glamour to the evening was a tribute to Katherine Paterson on the occasion of her Astrid Lindgren award, positioned as a Nobel Prize for children's literature by the Swede (I'm sorry, I don't know his name) who introduced Paterson. I was a little taken aback by this gentleman's gratuitous bragging--that's how it sounded to me--of Sweden's abstinence from armed conflict since the the Napoleonic Wars, but it played to the crowd. John McPhee's La Place de la Concorde Suisse opened my eyes to the whole armed neutrality thing, and it isn't pretty. Either.
I heard that the speakers at the children's book breakfast the next day were, um, interesting, but I wasn't there. Were you? Do tell.