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Missed Connections and Posing Beuaty: Sophie Blackall and Deborah Willis on Woman-Stirred   Leave a comment

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio I am delighted to welcome artist Sophie Blackall, whose first book for adults, Missed Connections, has drawn deserved attention and great reviews.

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found (Workman Publishing, 2011) began as a BLOG based on real, anonymous messages posted online by strangers. Fascinated by the thousands of posted Missed Connections, Blackall’s images  bring whimsey and depth to the posts, and celebrate the mysteries of attraction and  love-at-first- sight. Missed Connections reminds us that the age-old “remembered glance, smile, or fleeting conversation” can slow the speed of the digital world.

Author and illustrator of more than twenty children’s books, Blackall has won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, and a Founder’s Award from the Society of Illustrators. She is an honor recipient of the Horn Book Award for Pecan Pie Baby, and the Ivy and Bean series. Blackall’s Big Red Lollipop won the New York Times Top-Ten Picture Book Award for 2010. Her iillustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and Town & Country. Interview begins at 4:15 p.m. The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

Then at 5:00, I welcome Deborah Willis, author of Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs, and Reflections in Black. A recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fletcher Fellowships, Deborah Willis is chair and professor of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography and Imaging.
Her new collection, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present is the first photographic history of black beauty in African American culture, “a story overlooked by most of America” (N).  Posing Beauty explores notions of Black beauty and the import of the pose, which expands and manipulates the viewer’s perspective. Nicholas Mirzoeff argues “the pose is the essence of the photograph” (xvii), and as beauty and the pose exist in ever-changing cultural and political contexts, historical juxtapositions make the book even more compelling. Deborah Willis’s interview begins at 5p.m.

So tune in this Thursday, December 15th 4 to 6 p.m. to Woman-Stirred Radio for  diverse perspectives thoughtful discussion, open dialogue. Interviews start at 4:15. Listen every Thursday and join the WSR conversation with writers, visual artists, musicians, academics, policy makers, and special guests. The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

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