WHO: Edward Carey
WHAT: The Extraordinary Illustrated Fiction of Edward Carey – Little Book Launch and Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Austin Central Library Art Gallery
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00PM
Free and open to the public
Join Texas Book Festival and The Library Foundation as we celebrate the launch of Little, the highly anticipated new novel by Austin-based writer and illustrator, Edward Carey. Carey will appear in conversation with fellow writer (and wife), Elizabeth McCracken. The book launch coincides with an art exhibit featuring illustrations from the novel and Carey’s other works. After the talk, Carey will sign books, available for sale courtesy of BookPeople.
In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do.
In the tradition of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Edward Carey’s Little is a darkly endearing cavalcade of a novel–a story of art, class, determination, and how we hold on to what we love.
About Edward Carey
Edward Carey is a novelist, visual artist, and playwright. His acclaimed YA series, the Iremonger Trilogy, was a fan favorite, with citations for Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, NPR, and Kirkus Reviews. He is also the author of two adult novels, Observatory Mansions and Alva & Irva. Born in England, he now teaches at the University of Texas in Austin, where he lives with his wife, the author Elizabeth McCracken., and their family.
Can’t make it to the event? You can catch Edward Carey at the Texas Book Festival October 27-28! You can also pre-order a signed copy of Little from BookPeople if you can’t be there to have Carey sign it in person. BookPeople ships worlwide!