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Grand Rapids, MI

  • Schuler Books 2660 28th Street Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49512 United States (map)

Landis Blair, who illustrated the prize-winning graphic novel The Hunting Accident and the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity,  joins us for the afternoon to share his newest work, The Envious Siblings and Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes. This event is meant for adults only. Parents should leave their children at home for this one.  Landis will be in conversation with Dave Koss, the founder of the North American Writing Utensil Museum.

About the Book

The Envious Siblings contains eight nursery rhymes that are both mordant and macabre, as playful as Charles Addams —and every bit as unnerving.  The Envious Siblings begins with “The Malicious Playground,” a recognizable landscape of youthful horror. Little fingers get caught in the slats of a rope bridge, sand from the sandbox is kicked into young eyes, while “The jungle gym at best condones / The shattering of all your bones.” This last bit features a stark illustration of a half dozen kids smiling as one of their friends goes sailing off to his or her doom. In the title story, sisters Abbie and Angie fight so viciously that, in the end, the mother is depicted happy and resting on the ground: “Mother, tiring of the fuss,” Landis tells us, “Murdered both and envy thus.” This is the delightful genius of The Envious Siblings; every story catches humans at our worst and yet revels gleefully in all of the horrid imperfections.

About the Author

Landis Blair illustrated the prize-winning graphic novel The Hunting Accident and the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity, and has published illustrations in the New York Times, Chicago magazine, and Medium. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

About the Conversationalist

Dave Koss is the founder of the North American Writing Utensil Museum.  In addition, he owns and operates the Really Resourceful Group, an Advertising Agency located in Schaumburg, Illinois and resides in the Chicagoland area.  


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Later Event: November 14
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