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Leonard Marcus: Free Lecture June 13 on Golden Books; Golden Legacy exhibit through June 21

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A New Deal for the Nursery Lecture with Leonard Marcus Irving Arts Center June 13 @ 1 p.m.

“A New Deal for the Nursery: Golden Books and the Democratization of American Children’s Book Publishing” In the 1940s, Golden Books revolutionized American family life by making quality children’s books widely available at affordable prices for the first time ever. In this lively illustrated presentation, renowned historian Leonard Marcus tells the behind-the-scenes tale of the visionary enterprise that brought together top-flight artists, authors, educators, and marketing wizards to make Golden Books a beloved American icon and household brand. Lecture to be followed by a FREE Family Funday Event from 2–4 p.m. Flyer: Leonard Marcus lecture

The exhibition, “Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books,” organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, is on view at the Irving Arts Center through June 21. For more information call 972.252.7558 or visit our website at www.IrvingArtsCenter.com

Leonard Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. His award-winning books include Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth and Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing. Leonard curated The New York Public Library’s critically acclaimed recent exhibition, The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter and speaks about his work throughout the world, most recently in China. He teaches at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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