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Norton Juster & Jules Feiffer: 2010 National Book Festival

National best selling authors Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer appear at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Norton Juster grew up in Brooklyn, studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and spent a year in Liverpool, England, on a Fulbright Scholarship, doing graduate work in urban planning and learning to ride a motorcycle. After spending three years in the U.S. Navy (1954-1957), he began working as an architect in New York. He opened his own firm and within a few years moved to western Massachusetts and expanded his practice as Juster-Pope-Frazier. Their projects included the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, educational and cultural projects throughout New England and a number of buildings for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. Juster taught architecture and planning at Pratt Institute in New York and was professor of design at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., in 1970-1992. He began writing seriously while in the Navy. His first book, "The Phantom Tollbooth," was published in 1961. A winner of the George C. Stone Centre for Children's Books Award, it is recognized as a classic and continues to be treasured by children and adults throughout the world. Juster is retired from the practice of architecture and from teaching but continues to write. He is the author of the recently published "The Odious Ogre" (Michael di Capua Books), illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Juster lives in Massachusetts. Speaker Biography: Cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter and children's book author and illustrator Jules Feiffer has had a remarkable creative career turning contemporary urban anxiety into witty and revealing commentary for more than 50 years. From his Village Voice editorial cartoons to his plays and screenplays including "Little Murders" and "Carnal Knowledge," Feiffer's satirical outlook has influenced countless others. He is the first cartoonist commissioned by The New York Times to create a comic strip for its op-ed page. Since then, he has shifted his focus toward writing and illustrating books for children and young adults. He has won a Pulitzer Prize and a George Polk Award for his cartoons, an Obie for his plays, an Academy Award for the animation of his cartoon satire "Munro" and Lifetime Achievement awards from the Writers Guild of America and the National Cartoonist Society. He has been honored with major retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress and the School of Visual Arts. He is the illustrator of Norton Juster's "The Odious Ogre" (Michael di Capua Books) and the author of "Backing into Forward: A Memoir" (Random House).
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