When Australian author and illustrator Caroline Magerl travels to the U.S. later this month, one of the first stops on her list is the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum. She’ll present “Going by Cardigan: A Picture Book Journey” on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the museum in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.
The event on March 29 is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend should RSVP to Heather Sensel, at [email protected] or 419-434-4560 by March 24. Magerl’s presentation will cover the history and creation of her book, “Rose and the Wish Thing,” published in the U.S. in 2014 by Random House Children’s Books. First published in Australia under the name “Hasel and Rose,” the book tells the story of how Rose, alone in a new town, makes a wish that becomes a journey of friendship across mountains and oceans and through clouds and snow. Magerl herself, who immigrated to Australia from Germany, spent the majority of her childhood on a yacht with her parents and attended ten different schools by the age of fifteen, developed an appreciation for the need to belong.
Working as a cartoonist and an illustrator, in 2001 Magerl won the Crichton Award from Children’s Book Council of Australia for best new talent in the field of Children’s Book Illustration. She later studied printmaking in Canberra at the Megalo print studio, studying under Deborah Perrow, a master printmaker formally employed at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. In 2012 she was awarded a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to write and illustrate a children’s picture book. She currently lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband and daughter. For more information about Caroline Magerl, visit her website www.carolinemagerl.com.
The Mazza Museum has the most diverse collection of original artwork by children’s book artists in the world. Its goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of children’s literature. It is a regional and national fine arts museum of extraordinary quality and uniqueness. It draws audiences from all over the country, and its regular programs for adults and children are well attended. For more information, visit conference.mazzamuseum.org.