SOURCE: Every Picture Tells a Story

April 16, 2007 08:15 ET

Hilary Knight, Co-Creator of "Eloise," at Every Picture Tells a Story on April 26

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- Hilary Knight, legendary co-creator of the famed "Eloise" books will make a rare public appearance at Every Picture Tells a Story, 1311-C Montana Ave., Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, April 26, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. to sign his books and some of his limited edition prints. He will be accompanied by his friend Jane Withers, a major child star of the 1930s, known to millions as "Josephine the Plumber" from the Comet cleanser commercials.

Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, nine of which he wrote himself. "It is a pleasure to visit Los Angeles and to do a book signing at Every Picture Tells a Story because it is a true illustrator's gallery and the perfect venue to showcase 'Eloise' and my other works," said Knight, who lives in New York City near the Plaza Hotel, home of "Eloise," the infamous character he created.

Knight is the son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katherine Sturges, who moved their family to Manhattan when Knight was six years old. Although he is best known for his illustrations in "Eloise," Knight's first work appeared in Mademoiselle magazine in 1952, with additional illustrations in such magazines as House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, Gourmet, and the children's magazine, Cricket. Today his work can also be seen regularly in Vanity Fair magazine. Besides his books and periodical work, Knight's artwork has also been featured on greeting cards, Broadway musical posters, album covers, and children's fashion advertising.

"Eloise" was originally created by Kay Thompson, a singer and vocal arranger at The Plaza Hotel. Knight collaborated with Thompson and together they created the first "Eloise" book in 1955, which has sold over two million copies. More titles followed including, "Eloise in Paris," "Eloise at Christmastime," "Eloise in Moscow," and "Eloise Takes a Bawth." The most recent in the series was "Eloise: The Absolutely Essential 50th Anniversary Edition," which debuted in 2005. An article about "Eloise" in New York Magazine (1989) stated that it was rumored that Thompson based her antic character Eloise on a young Liza Minnelli, whom Thompson had met when she arranged vocals for Judy Garland.

"We're very excited to host the legendary Hilary Knight at Every Picture Tells a Story," said Lois Sarkisian, who co-owns the gallery/bookshop with her husband, Lee Cohen. "Hilary's works are among the most recognized and collectible among children's literature. The whimsy and detail in his work make it very distinctive."

Every Picture Tells a Story is considered the leading gallery dedicated to the art of illustration and children's literature and is one of the foremost local cultural destinations in Los Angeles. Cohen and Sarkisian also represent esteemed artists such as Maurice Sendak, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells, Chris Van Allsburg, Ralph Steadman and others. Some of Cohen's and Sarkisian's children's literature art pieces have been part of a traveling exhibition that launched at The Museum of Tolerance. Celebrity clients have included Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Harrison Ford, Allison Janney, Drew Barrymore, Joel Silver, JJ Abrams, and many animators and producers like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. More information is available at www.everypicture.com.

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