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Peter Sis, noted children's book illustrator, author, filmmaker, to speak at Miami


Peter Sís
Miami University will host the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, featuring Peter Sís, an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Hall Auditorium. Sís was recently named the winner of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award, considered the most prestigious in international children's literature.

“We are exceptionally overjoyed to host Peter Sís,” said Brenda Dales, lecturer in teacher education. “His presence and words at Miami University will inspire and enliven passion for children's literature, and assist in invigorating international partnerships and understandings.”

Sís, who was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, started his career as a filmmaker. His award-winning film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His books have received numerous honors including illustration of a book that won the Newbery Medal, three Caldecott Honor Book awards, the Society of Illustrators Gold and Silver Medals, and he is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

His many books include The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, The Tree of Life, Tibet Through the Red Box, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and, his first book for adults, The Conference of the Birds, based on a 12th-century Sufi poem. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003.

In awarding the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration to Sís, the jury recognized “his extraordinary originality and deep creative power to relate highly complex stories that can be interpreted on many different levels.”

During his visit at Miami, Sís will meet with Miami students and students from the Talawanda School District.

Free tickets are available at the box office in Shriver Center, or email with “Peter Sís lecture” in the subject line.

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