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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

All posts from August, 2009
Laura Kaminsky, Associate Artistic Director

I Played Rimsky Korsakoff’s Piano!

By Laura Kaminsky, Associate Artistic Director
Published on August 31, 2009

The time here is flying by as every day is full of activities, people, and sights. A group of the fellows went to the Theater and Music Museums with Anna Shulgat serving as our excellent guide. A native of St. Petersburg, she recently completed a graduate degree at SUNY Stony Brook in dramatic arts, and [...]

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Laura Kaminsky, Associate Artistic Director

An Update from St. Petersburg

By Laura Kaminsky, Associate Artistic Director
Published on August 26, 2009

  Mariinsky Theatre An incredible day. Early morning swim and sauna followed by another sumptuous breakfast with my colleagues, then a walk through town, past the Mariinsky Theater to the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music where I met with four composers who presented their work in a master class-workshop setting; I heard four distinct styles of [...]

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Laura Kaminsky, Associate Artistic Director

Exploring Music in St. Petersburg

By Laura Kaminsky, Associate Artistic Director
Published on August 25, 2009

After arriving in St. Petersburg yesterday afternoon, after connecting through Helsinki, with its clean, modern airport, I am beginning to see the glories of St. Petersburg. The city, like Venice and Amsterdam, is a city of canals and bridges, and its architectural diversity–reflecting many centuries of urban development and a mix of cultures–is truly spectacular, [...]

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Jessica Poon

TKBC Camp – Goodbye Week 2 Campers!

By Jessica Poon
Published on August 14, 2009

For the last day of the Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp, we had a visit from Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, two cartoonists who not only collaborate on projects together but are also married! Raina is the author of the upcoming graphic novel Smile, which comes out in February 2010. Both Raina and Dave, however, [...]

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Jessica Poon

TKBC Camp – Week 2, Day 4

By Jessica Poon
Published on August 13, 2009

Day four of the TKBC Camp’s second week started with a book-making project led by Amber, an artist from the Center for Book Arts, a center which specializes in handmade book binding and printing methods. She led us through the making of two small books, each with a different kind of binding. It turns out [...]

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Jessica Poon

TKBC Camp – Week 2, Day 3

By Jessica Poon
Published on August 12, 2009

We kicked off the day today with a special walking tour of Greenwich Village, lead by Kirsten Miller, author of the Kiki Strike: The Shadow City and Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb. Her series is about a group of girls who call themselves the “Irregulars,” and explore hidden passageways and tunnels that are deep under [...]

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Jessica Poon

TKBC Camp – Week 2, Day 2

By Jessica Poon
Published on August 11, 2009

  Today our guest was Gail Carson Levine, author of Dave at Night and Writing Magic, as well as the Newbery Medal prize winner Ella Enchanted, which was adapted into a film in 2004. She talked to us about Dave at Night, a story about a boy living in a New York City orphanage in the 1920s, [...]

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Jessica Poon

Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp – Week 2 Begins

By Jessica Poon
Published on August 10, 2009

Week 2 of the Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp started today with the arrival of a brand new batch of campers, as well as a few familiar faces of those who were here last week. After some quick introductions and a warm up, we had our first visit of the week with Michael Winerip, author [...]

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Jessica Poon

TKBC Camp – Goodbye Week 1 Campers!

By Jessica Poon
Published on August 7, 2009

The last day of this week’s Book Club Camp began with a trip to Grand Central Terminal to meet Katherine Marsh, author of The Night Tourist - a story about a boy who discovers a secret entrance to New York City’s underworld of ghosts in Grand Central, nine levels below the ground. Taking us on a [...]

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Jessica Poon

TKBC Camp – Day Four

By Jessica Poon
Published on August 6, 2009

Another big day at the Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp started early this morning with a long trip to the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows with Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian took us to the museum to talk about a new book that he is currently writing, and to show [...]

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