Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Author shares ‘Secret World’

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Hester Bass, international author and winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award shared her "Secret World" with literature and art enthusiasts earlier this week.

Bass's book, "The Secret World of Walter Anderson," is currently being sold through Glenbrook School.

"We are so excited to be able to bring Hester Bass to Minden," said Dr. Naomi Coyle, assistant administrator at Glenbrook. "To be able to combine the heartwarming story of Walter Anderson with the writing talents of Hester Bass during festival week at the Farm is a perfect fit.

"(Holding the luncheon at) the site of the 19th annual Spring Arts Festival is a perfect place to celebrate the works of this award winning artist and writer," she continued. "(This) is the perfect kick-off to celebrating the talents of our local children."

Bass grew up in rural Georgia. She met one of her favorite artists there, Walter Anderson.

"His life reads like mythology," Bass said. "I spent more than 25 years with Anderson and his art, and told his story to school groups. I watched fidgety children relax into the tale of a man who lived simply, rode a bike instead of driving a car, used a crayon as expertly as a paintbrush, and who loved nature and art and sought to bring them together into one thing."
"The Secret World of Walter Anderson" is a picture book biography from Candlewick Press. It won the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for outstanding nonfiction for children and was named one of the Best Children's Books of the Year.

Anderson was born in New Orleans and spent most of his life in Ocean Springs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Anderson valued the process of capturing the image more than the image itself, and his now-treasured Horn Island watercolors, exhibited by the Smithsonian in 2003 to celebrate his 100th birthday were kept private during his lifetime.

The book, illustrated by acclaimed artist, E.B. Lewis, is a testament to perseverance and individuality.

A percentage of book sales will go to Glenbrook, where Bass is conducting a variety of in-school workshops, hosted by Librarian Sandy Wilkie and sponsored by Aeropres Corporation.
Books must be ordered by Monday, April 8 and cost $19.70 each.

Call 377-2135 for more information.






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