Creative Spaces Interviews

A Peek at the Creative Space of Alfred Currier and Anne Schreivogl

Today we have a Creative Spaces first–an artistic duo sharing their workspaces with us. Sweethearts Anne Schreivogl and Alfred Currier are fine artists whose work has been represented in numerous galleries, mostly throughout the Northwest. Alfred Currier illustrated How Far to Heaven, written by Chara Curtis, a picture book about a grandmother and granddaughter who find Heaven in their everyday, natural surroundings. He studied art at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio and the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Plein air landscapes are one of his preferred styles of painting. Plein air means to paint “in the open air” and Alfred has traveled widely, painting on location.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Liza Ketchum

Joining us this week for Creative Spaces is author Liza Ketchum. Liza is the author of fifteen books for young readers, including Where the Great Hawk Flies (which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Children’s Literature and the Boston Author’s Club Young Readers Award), Orphan Journey Home about the American pioneer experience, and the nonfiction titles Into a New Country: Eight Remarkable Women of the West and The Gold Rush. Her most recent book is Newsgirl, a historical fiction novel set in 1851 San Francisco. Twelve-year-old Amelia Forrester and her family have newly moved to the mostly male town. When Amelia discovers how much money newsboys can make selling east coast newspapers, she cuts her hair to pass herself off as a boy and joins them.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Ron Koertge

Ron Koertge is the author of numerous award-winning young adult novels including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, and Margaux with an X. He was a professor of English/Creative Writing at Pasadena College for 36 years and now teaches with the Hamline University MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. He is also a well-published poet who has been included twice in Best American Poetry. Among his many accolades, he won the PEN Center Award in 2003 for Stoner & Spaz, the humorous, brilliant story of a teen with cerebral palsy who has built walls around himself that get broken down through an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of the school’s drug dealer.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Caroline Stutson

Halloween is right around the corner and so for this week’s Creative Spaces interview it’s my pleasure to welcome Caroline Stutson, author of By the Light of the Halloween Moon illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. By the Light of the Halloween Moon opens with an illustration of the legs of a child dangling off a dock on a moonlit night. The text says: A toe! A lean and gleaming toe That taps a tune in the dead of night By the light, by the light, By the silvery light of the Halloween moon! When you turn the page a cat joins the dangling legs and the text says: A cat!… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Renata Liwska

This week we’re welcoming illustrator Renata Liwska to Creative Spaces. You might recognize Renata’s work from Nikolai the Only Bear by Barbara Joosse, Skylar by Mary Cuffe-Perez, A Puppy is for Loving by Mary Labatt, or Little Panda which she both wrote and illustrated. Her latest book has generated a lot of buzz and accumulated many fans (me! me! I love this book). If you’ve been following the Creative Spaces interviews for awhile then you’ll know this book made an earlier appearance here when the author, Deborah Underwood, was featured. Yes, I’m talking about New York Times bestseller The Quiet Book, the serene story that made a showy splash in the picture book world this year.… Read the rest