Q&A with Christopher Neal

March 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Christopher Neal’s event at our 114th St location was so much fun we thought we’d ask him to respond to some questions. It looks like there will be a lot of new projects to look forward to from Christopher, we can only hope that he’ll once again share them with us!
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris with lovely illustrations by Ian Falconer. Not only is the writing hilarious, the art, and the production are wonderfully done. It’s a book that you’ll want on your shelf for a long time and I made sure to buy the hardcover.
Is there anything you’re particularly looking forward to the publication of? 
Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen to be published by Candlewick. It’s sure to be a funny and beautiful book.
Are there standard titles or writers you like to recommend, either within or outside of your field? 
Making Movies by Sydney Lumet is not only a  fascinating look at the movie business, it’s a useful tool for creatives and teaches us how to let narrative theme drive everything in our work; from movement, to sounds, colors, and words.
Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
One of my favorites is Frederick by Leo Lionni. It’s simple, poetic and tugs at the heart. It’s everything I hope to achieve when making my own books.
What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
I just signed a two book deal with Candlewick. The first book, Everyone, combines simple text with visual metaphors and describes how we feel and how everyone and everything feels it too. In the second book, a hungry cat explores the bizarre things that other animals eat.
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