Award-Winning Book Illustrator Barry Moser to Speak at Columbus Library

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Barry Moser, called “one of America's greatest book artists” by Filmakers Library, will give a talk, “A Bookwright’s Tale: Race, Religion, and a Quest for a Perfect Book," 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Columbus Public Library auditorium. The program is free and co-sponsored by Columbus State University Friends of Art, Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and Chattahoochee Valley Libraries. Barry Moser: Self Portrait @ 60

An illustrator, painter, printmaker, designer, author, essayist and professor at Smith College (R.I.), Moser has won numerous national and international awards.

His edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland won the National Book Award for design and illustration in 1983. His Jump, Again! The Further Adventures of Brer Rabbit, was named by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Illustrated Children’s Books” of 1987, as well as one of Redbook's “Best Books for Children” for the same year.

His collaboration with Cynthia Rylant, Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds, won the prestigious Boston Globe "Horn Book Award” in 1991, and his collaboration with Ken Kesey, Big Double the Bear Meets Little Tricker the Squirrel, was named among the best books of 1990–1991 by the Switzerland-based International Board of Books for Young People.

Moser has drawn numerous citations and awards of merit from Communication Arts magazine, Bookbuilders West, the American Association of University Presses and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His illustration of the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible (1999) has drawn extensive media coverage, is the subject of the film A Thief Among the Angels and was featured in the only one-man exhibit ever by a living artist at the Library of National Gallery of Art in Washington.

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