Erzsi Deàk was born in Southern California under an avocado tree. She is a distracted gardener and a focused writer, agent and editorial consultant. She loves gardening, food (eating), reading and laughing at goofy movies. Her book, Period Pieces: Stories for Girls, was a Bank Street pick and her articles on the world of children’s publishing have appeared in Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Market. She works with La Martinière Groupe in France acquiring approximately 40 titles for their Le Seuil and La Martinière Jeunesse imprints and as editorial manager for Twirl Books (distributed by Chronicle Books). Awarded the SCBWI Member of the year in 1999 and 2008, Erzsi continues to edit the SCBWI Bulletin international page, “Here, There & Everywhere.” She launched Hen&ink Literary in 2011 and represents authors and illustrators from around the world as well as handles foreign rights Red Fox Literary (US). Erzsi currently lives in the South of France surrounded by pumpkins, sunflowers, and lavender. Her gardening goal is to grow artichokes as beautiful as those she found in South Africa.
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Since 1978 Doug Cushman has illustrated over 125 children’s books, thirty or so of which he wrote as well. Among his many honors he has gained a place on the New York Times Children’s Best Sellers list and on the 2003 Children’s Literature Choice list. The first book of his popular beginning reader series featuring Aunt Eater was a Reading Rainbow Book. He has received a National Cartoonist’s Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration, the 2004 Christopher Award for his book illustrations, a 2007 and 2010 Maryland Blue Crab Award and the 2009 California Young Readers Medal. The bilingual picture book IGUAL QUE ELLOS/JUST LIKE THEM (written by Lawrence Schimel) was chosen by IBBY for their 2013 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities list.
He illustrated the best selling “Can’t Do” series, including WHAT DADS CAN’T DO and WHAT MONMS CAN’T DO for Simon and Schuster. His recent titles include HALLOWEEN GOOD NIGHT and CHRISTMAS EVE GOOD NIGHT, (which received a starred review from Kirkus) and his first book of poems, PIGMARES, published in 2012. He has displayed his original art in France, Romania and the USA, including the prestigious Original Art, the annual children’s book art show at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
He has traveled the world including Romania, South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore to speak to school students and facilitating workshops for writers and illustrators. He is fan of mystery novels and plays slide guitar horribly. He enjoys cooking, traveling, eating and absorbing French culture and good wine–even designing two wine labels for a Burgundy wine maker. An American-in-Paris, Doug has lived in France for over ten years and enjoys Skype and in-person school visits.