Jeff Kinney, Dan Clowes lead a rich slate of kids authors and graphic novelists.
Graphic novels and comic books are a kind of Venn diagram, where children’s books and grown-up literature overlap. Two of the best from each world — Jeff Kinney and Dan Clowes — will be at the Miami Book Fair next week.
Kinney and Clowes will be just two of the highlights in the extensive offerings in children’s lit and graphic novels, two mainstays at the book fair for years now.
The Children’s Alley (and beyond!), a venerable part of the book fair, features everything from storytelling to puppet musical versions of Peter Rabbit and The Land of Oz, to moxie third-grader Judy Moody, and more.
The celebrity quotient goes through the roof on Sunday, Nov. 20, designated Wimpy Kid Day. Author/artist Jeff Kinney will be on hand to share his sixth installment in the bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.
A No. 1 New York Times bestseller, the Wimpy Kid series has sold more than 32 million copies and been made into two movies.
The fair’s comics offering focuses partly on kids, too, with the day-long School of Comics and Graphic Novels on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Designed to show how comics and graphic novels can be useful tools in the classroom, the day includes sessions on comics and science, merging comics with core curriculum, and more. Scholars and educational experts from around the country will lead the sessions.
As for adult graphic novelists, Dan Clowes, creator of Ghost World and The Death-Ray, is only the most famous of a distinguished field of author/artists who will be at the fair this year. His panel, sponsored by Drawn & Quarterly and set for Saturday, Nov. 19, , includes the enigmatically monikered .Seth and Adrian Tomine.
Another panel of top comics artists and graphics novelist, this one also on Saturday, includes Dennis Kitchen, Jeff Jensen, and Jonathan Case, all of whom have a new graphic novel on the subject of True Crime.
The book fair starts Sunday and runs eight days, until the following Sunday (Nov. 13-20).
For more information about children’s authors, comics and graphic novelists, or any of the wide variety of literary activities, lectures, signings and performances scheduled next week, visit the Miami Book Fair International website.