Maine children's author Dahlov Ipcar visits Mid Coast Hospital for celebratory book signing
Beloved Maine children's author Dahlov Ipcar of Robinhood returns to Mid Coast Hospital for a book signing on Friday, Nov. 5, from 10 to NOON.

This is the third signing Ipcar has done at the hospital, this time celebrating the most recent of her republished books, The Calico Jungle, by Islandport Press of Yarmouth. This book, first published in 1965, tells the story of a little boy whose mother gave him a homemade quilt which turns out to be whole new world for him where animals frolic in a calico jungle, and then go to sleep, just like he does.

Calico Jungle marks a dramatic change in her style, according to her biography in the book, citing it as a "shining example of her exploration into the juxtaposition of shapes, colors, patterns, and light, the hallmark of her latest work."

On Nov. 5, also available will be her other four books republished in 2008 and 2009: The Little Fisherman, My Wonderful Chrstmas Tree, The Cat at Night, and Hardscrabble Harvest. The books range in price from $16.95 to $17.95. Available from Downeast Books will be The Art of Dahlov Ipcar by Carl Little, published late this spring. This book is $50.

Ipcar was recently awarded the 2010 President's Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association, an annual award honoring outstanding contributions in the field of arts and letters. She and the late Robert McCloskey are the only children's authors to receive this award. Ipcar was planning to donate the $500 grant that goes with the award to the Laura E. Richards Library in Georgetown.

According to Islandport Press, a brand new children's book by Ipcar will be released in late November, Dahlov Ipcar's Farmyard Alphabet, which is Ipcar's first new book in over 20 years. She wrote the text this summer and Islandport Press used "illustrations from 11 of her existing children's books, some out of print for decades, for the images that accompany her words" according to its website. "From apples and barns to vegetables and wood stoves, both the unique text and bold, bright artwork celebrate farm life in Ipcar's inimitable style."

The Nov. 5 signing will be in the Café Corridor, easily accessible from the main entrance, and is sponsored by the Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, with proceeds to benefit hospital projects.

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