Tomie dePaola returns to Meriden


A Conversation with Tomie dePaola

September 16, 2016

Schedule of Program

3:30pm  Book Signing (Cook Room)

4:15pm  A Conversation with Tomie dePaola (Griffin Room)

5:00pm  Celebration and Book Signing (Cook Room)


A selection of books will be available for purchase by cash or check.  Tomie is always very generous with his time, and will sign books as time and comfort allow.  Limits may be placed on the number of books that can be signed, if time begins to run out.  See below for a detailed list of titles, formats and retail prices.


Author/Artist Tomie dePaola returns to Meriden on September 16th

We are overwhelmed by the incredible surge of love demonstrated through your interest, comments and shares, but regret that we must share that the event is full and all tickets have been distributed.  Unfortunately, non-ticketholders will be turned away the day of the event.  We will entreat Tomie to visit us again soon!

On Friday, September 16, one of the world’s best-loved children’s book author and illustrator, Tomie dePaola returns to the Meriden Public Library for a talk and book signing!   At 3:30pm, Tomie will autograph copies of his books.  Beginning at 4:15pm, Tomie will talk about his books and personal experiences, and answer questions from the audience.  We will be celebrating not only Tomie’s 82nd birthday, but the recent publication of The Moon’s Almost Here, a lyrical picture book written by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Tomie dePaola.  

Tomie’s been published for 50 years and has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered.  Over 15 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.  Born in Meriden, many of Tomie’s books share stories of growing up in the community and visiting relatives in Wallingford. 

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," and the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association.

He was also the United States nominee in 1990 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration. The American Library Association has honored him with a Caldecott Honor Book, a Newbery Honor Book, premier annual awards for picture book illustration and children's book writing respectively, and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."

The University of Connecticut, Georgetown University and Pratt Institute, among others, have granted him honorary doctoral degrees. In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire's Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.

Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire and works in a renovated 200-year-old barn.

For more information:

Tomie dePaola Children’s Library
(203) 630-6347

The Moon's Almost Here
When Andy Met Sandy
The Art Lesson
A number of books will be available for purchase at the Tomie dePaola event.  Payment may be made by cash or check. 

The following books will be available:

26 Fairmount Ave (paperback/$6.99)
The Art Lesson (paperback/$6.99)
The Magical World of Strega Nona (hardcover/ $40.00)
My First Mother Goose (board book/ $5.99)
When Andy Met Sandy (Andy & Sandy series) (hardcover/ $8.99)
Andy & Sandy's Anything Adventure (Andy & Sandy series)  (hardcover/ $8.99)
The Moon's Almost Here by Patricia McLachlan, illustrated by Tomie dePaola (hardcover/ $17.99)