The list of 24 fellows announced by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, each of whom will receive $500,000 over five years, includes a children's author (Angela Johonson) and an author/illustrator (Peter Sis):
Angela Johnson, 42, Kent, Ohio. Johnson, an award-winning writer of books for children and young adults, deals with issues such as adoption, care for elderly family members and death...
Born June 18, 1961, in Tuskagee, Alabama, Johnson knew from an early age that she wanted to become a writer. She is inspired by her own childhood memories and the stories that her father and grandfather told her. Toning The Sweep won the Coretta Scott King Award.
Her books depict experiences that are common to young children in a way that expresses the joys of daily life and personal relationships and celebrate African-American families while addressing themes that could be experienced by any ethnic group.
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Peter S?s is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 he attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. In 1983 collaborated with Bob Dylan on You Got to Serve Somebody. His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A correspondence with Maurice Sendak led to a meeting and introductions to children's book editors, and Sis moved to New York City in 1984 to begin a new career.
In addition to writing and illustrating books, Peter's editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines in the United States and abroad. He has published nearly 1,000 drawings in The New York Times Book Review. He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus.
[information summarised from www.petersis.com]
Peter Sis's latest title:
The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin