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Kate DiCamillo Author Event


The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present a very special event with Kate DiCamillo!

Kate DiCamillo is not just one of the most acclaimed childrens' book authors writing today—she's also one of the most beloved. She is the author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals. Her events are incredibly popular and it's hard to walk away from her presentations without being moved to tears. DiCamillo only does a handful of public speaking events in the United States each year, and this will be her first metro Milwaukee event in five years.

In her new picture book, La La La, a little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds, but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. She has been heard, at last.

With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child's yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, DiCamillo and illustrator Jaime Kim bring to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

A signing will follow the talk. Please note that there are special signing restrictions for this event. DiCamillo will sign any number of copies of La La La, attendees are limited to three backlist titles (either brought from home or bought at the Wilson Center), and one of these backlist titles can be personalized.

Later Event: November 3
Nano Stern