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Mary Engelbreit

BookFest St. Louis publishes schedule/seeks volunteers

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings For Children  Sonali Dev Mary Engelbreit Left Bank Books Joshilyn Jackson James Brandon Elizabeth McCracken Daniel Wiseman CWE North Community Improvement District BookFest St. Louis 2019 Aaron Coleman   Organizers of 2019’s BookFest St. Louis—the staffs of CWE North Community Improvement District and Left Bank Books —have just released the exciting line-up of authors for next weekend’s 3rd annual book lovers’ event in the Central West End. Be sure to check the list out. There’s a lot packed into Saturday, September 21.

If you have a couple of hours to spare, there is need for a few more volunteers (sign up info, where to pick up your BookFest tee, etc, here).

Authors include two-time National Book Award nominee Elizabeth McCracken, St. Louis-based fan favorite Mary Engelbreit, LGBTQ+ activist and artist James Brandon, poet and Fulbright Scholar Aaron Coleman, children’s book author Daniel Wiseman, acclaimed Bollywood-style romance writer Sonali Dev, and NY Times best selling author Joshilyn Jackson.

Left Bank Books at Euclid and McPherson is action central, though authors will be appearing in a variety of nearby locations. Those include the McPherson Tent, above, The Vino Gallery, Mahler Ballroom (where Friday night’s Whitmania will be presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center), Schlafly Library, TechArtista Co-Working Environment (4818 Washington), and 510 N. Euclid (between Evangeline’s and Cocina Latina).

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Left Bank Books’ Kris Kleindienst above right, is shown introducing two of last year’s authors, Sarah Kendzior and Michael Isikoff. Kleindienst will be in conversation with Mary Engelbreit next Saturday starting at 2 p.m. under the McPherson Tent. Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings For Children  Sonali Dev Mary Engelbreit Left Bank Books Joshilyn Jackson James Brandon Elizabeth McCracken Daniel Wiseman CWE North Community Improvement District BookFest St. Louis 2019 Aaron Coleman

The intersection of McPherson and Euclid will be closed east of Euclid to Walton, and at Euclid just north of McPherson to the parking lot. That area is designated as the Festival Zone.Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings For Children  Sonali Dev Mary Engelbreit Left Bank Books Joshilyn Jackson James Brandon Elizabeth McCracken Daniel Wiseman CWE North Community Improvement District BookFest St. Louis 2019 Aaron Coleman

There will be live music, and an assortment of vendors and organizations in attendance. A list those participating can be found here.

Don’t miss BookFest St. Louis which starts on Friday evening September 20 with a poetry event at The Mahler Ballroom. Saturday’s events begin at 10:30 a.m. at Schlafly Library with the appearance of children’s book author Daniel Wiseman. The day ends with St. Louis Youth Slam Team Champs scheduled for 7 p.m. under the McPherson Tent.

You’ll love meeting the authors and hearing them interact with each other during panel discussions. In the last couple of years, BookFest St. Louis has gone from being an unknown quantity to recognized among nationally-known authors and their publishers as the place to be.

Mary Engelbreit’s art takes a star turn in 101st season at The Muny

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

Photo courtesy of Phil Delano

St. Louis-based, internationally-known artist Mary Engelbreit’s long list of artistic accomplishments veered in a new and completely unexpected direction when she was tapped by Mike Issacson, Artistic Director and Executive Producer of The Muny, to design the costumes and set for this season’s production of Matilda.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

This isn’t Engelbreit’s first association with 11,000 seat outdoor musical theater in Forest Park. Her delightful drawing,”I Knew He’d Like It,” above, was the cover art on the program for 2012’s season.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

Engelbreit said that when Issacson reached out to her earlier this year “I was floored. I said yes I’d LOVE to do that!…I don’t know how to do that!”

Issacson explained that there were “real” costume and set designers working on the show, and that all she had to do was draw the characters and set pieces as she envisioned them. They would take it from there. The design team was also granted access to Engelbreit’s database of 13,000 drawings to mine for more ideas.

The Roald Dahl book and the subsequent movie had been favorites of the Engelbreit/Delano family. She had read the book to her boys, and she and her daughter Mikayla saw the play in New York, which they both loved.

When I visited Engelbreit’s studio, I was able to photograph her early sketches for the project, above. Those who are familiar with her work will recognize the resulting graphics, costumes, and depiction of characters, below, which are saturated in her signature style.  Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

From left, Mike, Zinna Wormwood, Mr. Wormwood, and Matilda.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

Zinna Dance for Matilda

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

The plaid fabric and contrasting tie designed for Mr. Wormwood are so perfectly ME.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

Engelbreit’s sketch of  the dreaded chokey.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

From left, Mary Engelbreit’s design for the Matilda t-shirt, Crunchem Hall Primary School, and the Russian sketch.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  The Muny Roald Dahl's Matilda Mike Issacson Mary Engelbreit Forest Park

Matilda t-shirts, sized from youth to adult—$15, $20, and $22—are available at The Muny and on the website.

Matilda at The Muny, August 5 to 11, ticket information here. The Muny generously offers 1,450 free seats to the public each night during the season, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2 dear friends, 2 suggestions for getting out the vote

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services  Mary Engelbreit House Wren Studio Charlotte Lyons

Taking a cue from a storefront in the 4200 block of Delmar, and from two dear friends, Mary Engelbreit and Charlotte Lyons, who are encouraging people to vote in their signature artsy way, I want to reinforce their important message by sharing their suggestions with you.

Charlotte Lyons, one of my oldest friends from earlier days in the neighborhood, posted a diy VOTE pin on Instagram and Facebook.

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“Last night I made a patch”, she posted. “Don’t let what you can’t do get in front of what you CAN do. Vote in November! I’m going to wear it everyday and everywhere. Make one and pin it onto your coat or shirt or handbag.”

If embroidery is not one of your many talents,  simply pen the message on a piece of fabric and wear it proudly.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services  Mary Engelbreit House Wren Studio Charlotte Lyons

Charlotte, who now lives in Vermont, hosts popular craft weekends there. Visit her blog to learn more.

And from artist Mary Engelbreit:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Services  Mary Engelbreit House Wren Studio Charlotte Lyons

Mary, another longtime friend, created a VOTE poster she is offering as a free download on the ME website.  Look for a VOTE tote bag, $26, on the website too.

Thanks to both Charlotte and Mary for their inspiration. There’s power in this simple message: VOTE on November 6!

P.S. – Here’s a post on a craft weekend Mary and Charlotte hosted in the Central West End in June of 2017.