Words & Pictures: Ann M. Martin
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents
Ann M. Martin
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213
Single tickets are $11 and will be available at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall box office from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.
Ann M. Martin is the iconic and bestselling author of dozens of books including Newbery Medal-winner, A Corner of the Universe, and the popular Baby-Sitters Club series, the first of which was published in 1986 and has since sold over 176 million copies. Martin is launching an exciting spin-off of the beloved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series which TIME Magazine has dubbed “a welcome throwback.” The books star Missy Piggle Wiggle, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s niece who takes over for her aunt in curing the neighborhood children of their bad behavior. Martin’s first book for the series, Missy Piggle Wiggle and the Whatever Cure, was written in conjunction with Annie Parnell, the great granddaughter of the series’ original author Betty MacDonald. The books will be illustrated by New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, Ben Hatke, who follows Maurice Sendak and Hilary Knight as illustrators of this adored series.
The original five books in the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Series were published between 1974 and 2007 and sold millions of copies worldwide. The series was inspired by Betty MacDonald’s lifetime spent raising her children and grandchildren. Of the series reboot, Annie Parnell says “I am so thrilled to be working with Ann to re-imagine the Piggle-Wiggle world. Growing up Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was more than a character in Betty’s books, she was a member of our family.”
A book signing will follow the program on the first floor of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.