From 2 to 7 May illustrator and children’s book author Mylo Freeman and children’s and youth literature author Benny Lindelauf will be in Berkeley, US to give several readings and performances at the annual Bay Area Book Festival. They will each present two panel sessions with fellow writers at the festival, Mylo Freeman will have an additional solo presentation in the Story Time Circle.
Benny Lindelauf (b. 1964) teaches creative writing to adults and children. From his debut book on, Omhooggevallen, which was a witty story about a girl with a vivid imagination, he has had a noticeably authentic style as well as content. The promise of the first book was confirmed with Schuilen in een jas, a stirring story about love and sickness. The book made the shortlist of The Golden Owl, a prestigious Flemish literary prize. Imagination, wit and drama are crucial ingredients woven together in an exceptional way. With Negen open armen Benny Lindelauf has won the Thea Beckmann Award 2004, the prize for the best historical juvenile book published in 2003. The English translation of Lindelauf’s youth novel Fing’s War (translated by John Nieuwenhuizen) has just appeared in the US, published by Enchanted Lion Books.
Mylo Freeman grew up in The Hague and lives in Amsterdam. She has been a full-time writer-illustrator since 1993 and has published more than 50 picture books. Her debut book, Potty!, was awarded the Kiek Book Prize and has been translated into many languages. Mylo’s best-selling Princess Arabella series is published by Cassava Republic Press.
Never Grow Up!
Their performances are part of Never Grow Up!, a multidisciplinary collaboration between expert organizations on film, literature and performing arts and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York. The programme aims to stimulate the dissemination and visibility of Dutch youth arts as well as cultural exchange and partnerships with renowned US-based presenters and organizations. A wide range of work from the Netherlands for young audiences and families will be presented and shared at festivals, conferences and other platforms, all representing a respect for young people and dedication to youth culture as an autonomous art form.