With much Texas-style fanfare, the Texas Book Festival announced its guests for October 2014. We pleased to announce that Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus will be special guests at this premiere literary event!
You can also listen to the “Path of Peace” event from March 2014 at Books of Wonder with authors and Bethany Hegedus and illustrator Evan Turk. Matthew Winner moderated a discussion between them and author Ilyasah Shabazz , the daughter of Malcolm X and creator of Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X.Read More
By Jessica Hincapie of The Writing Barn
This past weekend was a whirlwind of events, but there was one in particular that we here at The Barn were anxiously awaiting. On Saturday we helped Bethany Hegedus celebrate the release of her first picture book, Grandfather Gandhi. Over 150 people came out to Book People for the event and the result was awesome! If you happened to miss it, here’s a quick recap.
The event started out with traditional Indian music by Ustad Nizami, a “17th-generation Pakistani sitar scholar who’s performed for every foreign dignitary from Nelson Mandela to Queen Elizabeth.” Guests could listen to the musical stylings of Ustad and his son while enjoying an array of Indian treats. The samosas from Asiana were out of this world and did not last long.
There were henna tattoos and prizes for the kids, along with featured artwork done by kids from the Khabele School here in Austin, TX. A few of those students got to participate in a Readers’ Theatre, performing, Grandfather Gandhi for the audience, followed by a signing. And did I mention the cake! Akiko White, a San Antonio-based illustrator and cake-maker extraordinaire made the coolest-looking cake for the party. It was also pretty delicious.
The event was a great success. Special thanks to photographer Dave Wilson for helping us capture the awesome event, and a thank you for all the people who showed up and made the afternoon truly memorable. If you haven’t already picked up your copy of Grandfather Gandhi, you really should–it is a beautiful book with a lesson people of all ages can appreciate.Read More
I am back from a wonderful trip to England with some VERY exciting news to announce! Before I left, I was asked to create illustrations for the Indian edition of National Geographic Traveller magazine to go with an travel article about places throughout India that were important in the life of Gandhi called, “In the Footsteps of the Mahatma.”
They used illustrations from Grandfather Gandhi to represent several of these places, and asked me to create three new illustrations in the same style to show different points on Gandhi’s life.
As a huge fan of National Geographic and travel illustration, this was a dream job to get. Even more, they surprised me by putting one of my illustrations on the cover of the issue! It was an amazing feeling seeing that iconic golden rectangle around one of my illustrations. Thank you to the innovative editor Niloufer Venkatraman for the opportunity!
First, was his childhood home in Porbandar, which is maintained as a historical site. Here, young Gandhi is shown in his favorite room on the upper floor of the house. He liked to read up there because the room was so airy and well-ventilated.
The second was Rajkot, where Gandhi lived as a boy. He attended the stately Alfred High School in the background (now known as Mohandas Gandhi High School) and loved to play cricket.
The last (and my personal favorite) was Gandhi as a young lawyer in Mumbai, getting off the train in the Churchgate Station.Read More