Bumps on the Road to a Children’s Picture Book

Make your lunch mean something. Come enjoy a great meal and learn from someone who has mastered the craft of writing. REDTalks are a stimulating, engaging way to learn more about writing, all in the space of a Friday lunch hour.  These talks build upon and expand Arts + Literature’s successful Craft Talk Series. Seating is limited to 20, so please register early. 

Our first talk features acclaimed children's book author Dean Robbins. Dean Robbins experienced one setback after another in his quest to publish nonfiction children’s picture books about his lifelong heroes. He sold several manuscripts only to see them dropped after his publisher merged with another company. He will explain how perseverance and passion—along with a course correction or two—finally led to publishing success.

Please note that REDTalks are held at HotelRED located at 1502 Monroe St in Madison. 

Dean Robbins children's book author

Dean Robbins is the author of the children’s picture books Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (Scholastic); Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote (Knopf); and Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing (Knopf). His books have been featured on National Public Radio, praised in major newspapers, and chosen for best-of-the-year honors by Smithsonian Air & Space magazine, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Space.com, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Planetary Society, and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Two Friends was adapted as a short film by Weston Woods Studios. As a journalist, Dean served as the longtime editor of the weekly newspaper Isthmus, as well as a nationally syndicated arts critic. He has contributed to USA Today, the Village Voice, the Grammy Awards, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. He has... Read More

Ready to Visit?

Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Stay up to date on upcoming programs and opportunities through our monthly newsletter.