University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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Emma J. Virján


Appearing courtesy of HarperCollins

Emma J. Virján was born under an Aries moon on a Wednesday, her dad’s bowling night. She loves to draw, work in her garden and often lets her dog sleep on the couch. She makes her home in Austin, Texas, where she spends her days as an illustrator and graphic designer. Unlike Pig, Emma has never worn a wig, but she is thinking of buying one--a red one, of course.

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Scheduled events:
Look and Laugh Out Loud: Humor and Wordplay
Word play engages children with language while making them laugh out loud. Join three author/illustrators whose books invite children to laugh as they play with language and solve riddles.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: LeUyen Pham, Adam Rex, Emma J. Virján
Moderator: Prisca Martens
A Bang and A Clang with Emma Virjan
Enjoy a story read by an author/illustrator as Emma Virjan shares her new book, A Bang and a Clang.

Story Blanket Tent  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Panelist: Emma J. Virján
Creating Books for Very Young Children
Author/illustrators of picture books for very young children will share their strategies for creating effective picture books that capture the attention and participation of young children

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Phoebe Fox, Michael Hale, Jeremy Tankard, Emma J. Virján
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock
On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw: Illustrator Draw-Off
This interactive session is a competition between illustrators to complete a drawing that incorporates suggestions from the audience. The session will end with a panel on the role of sketching and creativity in their books.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Chris Britt, Christian Robinson, Jeremy Tankard, Emma J. Virján
Moderator: Adam Rex

Books:
What This Story Needs Is a Bang and a Clang (A Pig in a Wig Book)
Children / Teens
HarperCollins
January 2017
ISBN 9780062415301
Hardcover, 40 pages
$9.99, INSTOCK
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Join Pig and her friends in their latest adventure as they get ready to put on the best show ever! What this story needs is a pig in a wig, building a stage, arranging a stand, and getting ready to conduct the Pig in a Wig Band. More/less

What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch (A Pig in a Wig Book)
Children / Teens
HarperCollins
May 2016
ISBN 9780062415295
Hardcover, 40 pages
$9.99, INSTORE
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Join Pig and her friends in another fun read-aloud adventure as they figure out a way to keep the picnic fun and games going, even with a little rain. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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