SOURCE: Every Picture Tells a Story

March 19, 2007 12:39 ET

Every Picture Tells a Story Hosts Book Signings and Events March 24 - May 12, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 19, 2007 -- Every Picture Tells a Story, the leading gallery dedicated to the art of illustration and children's literature in Santa Monica, Calif., will be hosting several book signings and special events this season. "We are honored to represent some of the most prolific illustrators and writers of children's books in our store, and we are excited to introduce their works to the community," said Lois Sarkisian, a top children's book expert and co-owner of the gallery with her husband, Lee Cohen.

The first event/book signing will be Saturday, March 24, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., with best-selling author of "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire," Rafe Esquith and his fifth grade students from Hobart Elementary, who will present a program of Shakespeare and music. Esquith's students come from one of LA's poorest neighborhoods, but they score in the top one percent on standardized tests and attend Ivy League universities. In his book, Esquith reveals the techniques that have made him one of the most acclaimed educators of our time.

The next book signing will be Thursday, April 26, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., with Hilary Knight, co-creator of the popular "Eloise" series of books. Knight has also illustrated more than 50 books for children, six of which he wrote himself. His work can be seen regularly in Vanity Fair and on thousands of classic theatre posters. His art and limited edition prints will also be available.

On Sunday, May 6, from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., Debbie Robins, movie and TV producer, will sign her first book, "Where Peace Lives," a story of timeless wisdom for people of all ages. Written in parable form, "Where Peace Lives" is a magical journey to free an angel named Peace who's been locked in a box and can't escape. Inspired by the universal teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Buddha, Jesus Christ, Moses and Mohammad, this book is destined to become a classic.

Author and illustrator David Shannon will appear for a book signing on Saturday, May 12, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Shannon is the best-selling creator of the "No, David!" series, as well as "Duck on a Bike," "A Bad Case of Stripes" and "Good Boy, Fergus." His book, "How I Became a Pirate" was a sales phenomenon and his new book is a sequel to that favorite, "Pirates Don't Change Diapers." In the book, Braid Beard and his crew return to retrieve the treasure they buried in Jeremy Jacob's backyard, but first they must help calm his baby sister, whom they awoke from a nap.

Every Picture Tells a Story is considered one of the foremost local cultural destinations in Los Angeles, representing such prolific names as Maurice Sendak, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells, Chris Van Allsburg, Ralph Steadman and others. Cohen and Sarkisian have helped procure collections of children's book art to Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner and a host of other celebrities. They are also active in off-premise events, including San Diego Comic-Con International, where Cohen will accompany guest speaker, Roy Harryhausen. Some of their pieces have been part of a traveling exhibition that launched at The Museum of Tolerance, and they host local film events at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, Calif. More information is available at

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