March 12th: Ignatius of Loyola and Coca-Cola, Blizzard of ’93 and Bear and Bee

Things that happened on March 12th:

1622: Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, founders of the Jesuits, are canonized as saints by the Catholic Church.

1894: Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local soda fountain operator Joseph Biedenharn.

1993: The Blizzard of 1993 – Snow begins to fall across the eastern portion of the US with tornadoes, thunder snow storms, high winds and record low temperatures. The storm lasts for 30 hours.

2013: Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier is published by Disney-Hyperion.


At Books of Wonder

Yesterday I was at Books of Wonder in Manhattan for the first signing of Bear and Bee and Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? Thanks to all the nice people who came by and to all the staff! If you want to get a signed and doodled copy, you can get it from BoW’s website, clicking on the titles of the books in this post, above. Here’s what I saw as I entered the store.



From the left: Brett Helquist, Lita Judge, S.R., Steve Light, Eva Moore, Nancy Carpenter. Photo by Paul Zelinsky.


First signing for Bear and Bee and the Duck!


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Books of Wonder

18 West 18th Street NYC

Sunday March 10th 1pm-3pm

Picture book lovers get ready for a fun-filled afternoon featuring 6 picture book creators presenting their new works for you and your children. Beginning at 1pm, NANCY CARPENTER, award winning illustrator of over 30 picture books, and author EVA MOORE share their new title Lucky DucklingsNY Times bestselling author & illustrator, BRETT HELQUIST, introduces one seriously cranky farm animal in Grumpy Goat; author & illustrator LITA JUDGE shares the journey of a beloved Red Hat; author & illustrator STEVE LIGHT lifts off with Zephyer Takes Flight; author & illustrator SERGIO RUZZIER will delight with two new picture books — Bear and Bee, the story of a very hungry bear who has just woken up from hibernating, and Have You Seen My New Blue Socks, a charming, rhyming tale; and NY Times bestselling author & illustrator DAN YACCARINO powers up to introduce his new picture book, Doug Unplugged. Picture book fans will smile and laugh as this talented cast of picture book creators bring their books to life for young readers and listeners. Beginning at 1pm, the authors and artists will present their new books, answer questions from fans, and sign copies of all their great titles! Ages 3-6. Sunday, March 10th, 1-3pm.   


Where was Eddie Hemingway?

I share a studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, with four other authors/illustrators: Sophie Blackall, Brian Floca, Eddie Hemingway, and John Bemelmans Marciano. Do I need to say that they are all lovely and talented? Good.

Anyway: earlier today, Pen & Oink published a post about a recent studio visit. Among the many nice pictures, they also published a panoramic photograph of the studio itself, with everybody feverishly working at their desk, except for Eddie. Where was he when Robin Rosenthal took the picture? I finally solved the mystery: he must have been photoshopped out! Here’s the original photograph before it was retouched.