The Secret World of Walter Anderson

hbass-210-Secret_worldMy friend, Hester Bass, wrote an extraordinary picture book biography of Walter Anderson, a great American artist who did most of his work in Mississippi. Publisher’s Weekly called the The Secret World of Walter Anderson, published by Candlewick Press, “a powerful tribute to the lengths artists will go for their passions.” A starred reivew in Kirkus said it was “a gorgeous chronicle of a versatile southern American artist.”

The story is illustrated by E.B. Lewis; an additional 8-page author’s note gives more details about Anderson’s life and includes photographs of his paintings, linocuts, and decorations on pottery. I interviewed Hester last month at the Writing and Illustrating for Kids conference put on by the Southern Breeze regional chapter of SCBWI. Click on the play button below to hear why Hester wrote the book and to hear her read an excerpt.

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Hester is heading to Mississippi next week for a brief tour that will include stops in Jackson and Vicksburg. hbass-210-Bass_30-72dpiShe’ll be signing books at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Saturday, Nov. 14; Lemuria bookstore on Sunday, Nov. 15; and she’ll be doing a school visit at my kids’ school, Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex, on Tuesday, Nov. 17. You can catch her in Vicksburg at Lorelei Books on Monday, November 16. Click on Hester’s website or on the venue’s links to check times for the public events. Hester, who once delivered singing telegrams, is an engaging performer and her book would make an excellent gift for the kids, teachers, and art lovers on your Christmas list.

Please let me know if you like the video interview. I am experimenting with using more video on my blog. I’d like to use more video to show my work process with photography. Let me know what you think.

6 Responses to The Secret World of Walter Anderson

  • irene Latham says:

    Keep going with the video! Very nice. đŸ™‚

  • SusanV says:

    Hearing her read the first page really made me want to read the book. Great job with the video!

  • admin says:

    I got some nice responses on facebook, too. I plan to keep using the video. Thanks, folks.

  • Ron Kohler says:

    I teach art in Gaithersburg Maryland and will use the video of Hester Bass introducing this magically written and beautifully illustrated book. Speaking as a former Mississippian, The Secret World of Walter Anderson is long overdue. The first page, an exemplary model of how to hook a reader, charmed me to no end.

    I have planned an interdisciplinary unit that integrates science and art. My fourth grade students are studying the eco-system and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We will delve into the life, art and writings (logs) of Walter Anderson and his Horn Island as inspiration. These students will create a mixed media artist’s book based on their research findings and it will serve as a vehicle for artistic expression.

    Thank you for making this available!

  • admin says:

    Hi Ron,
    I am so glad to know the video will be put to use in a classroom with students. Your unit sounds fantastic. I will let Hester know about it. She’ll be thrilled.

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