Rare Signed Maurice Sendak Sketch to Be Auctioned at BEA [4]

With double the number of works of art compared to last year, a special tribute to Maurice Sendak [6], and hosts Jack Gantos and Lauren Myracle [7], the May 29 Children’s Book Art Silent Auction & Reception [8]at BookExpo America is shaping up to be a stellar event.

In addition to works of art created to honor Maurice Sendak, the auction will feature a Sendak original. Thanks to a donation from the Estate of Maurice Sendak, auction participants will be able to bid on a sketch on tracing paper entitled Little Bear that is signed by the beloved author and illustrator.

The auction and reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 29 in the River Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center. Light refreshments, including beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Tickets are $99 and may be purchased here [9]. Bookseller members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA can attend for free. To join the ABC Group, contact ABC Group Manager Shannon O’Connor [10].

Proceeds will support the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression’s [11] defense of the free speech rights of young readers. ABFFE is a co-founder of the Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) [12] and a principal sponsor of Banned Books Week [13], the only national celebration of the freedom to read.

Volunteer opportunities are available [14] to help set up and work the auction. Anyone who is interested should contact ABFFE Auction Manager Kristen Gilligan Vlahos [15].

An online auction [16], featuring different works of art, will be held the week before the Javits event.

ABFFE’s auction website [17] offers a preview of the growing number of artworks in each auction [18].