Hudson Hall presents Hudson Talbott’s Book Launch and Signing of “A Walk in the Words”, on Sunday, August 22nd.
The event coincides with the final weekend of the first retrospective of his work, Hudson Talbott: River of Dreams at Hudson Hall. Published by Penguin Random House and inspired by his own childhood, Talbott’s inspiring story vividly reveals the challenges – and ultimately the rewards–of being a non-mainstream kind of learner. Talbott is joined on stage by Lisa Dolan, founder of the Hudson Reads mentoring project and co-founder of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival.
When Hudson Talbott was a little boy, he loved drawing, and it came naturally to him. But reading? No way! One at a time, words weren’t a problem, but long sentences were a struggle. As his friends moved on to thicker books, he kept his slow reading a secret. But that got harder every year. He felt alone, lost, and afraid in a world of too many words. Fortunately, his love of stories wouldn’t let him give up. He started giving himself permission to read at his own pace, using the words he knew as stepping-stones to help draw him into a story. And he found he wasn’t so alone–in fact, lots of brilliant people were slow readers, too. Learning to accept the fact that everyone does things in their own unique way, and that was okay, freed him up and ultimately helped Hudson thrive and become the fabulous storyteller he is today.
Hudson Talbott has written and illustrated over 27 books for young readers in an illustrious career that spans 30 years. He has worked with Steven Spielberg on an animated film adaptation, and with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine on the book version of their hit musical Into the Woods. In 2009, his book River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River was named New York State’s Children’s Book of the Year and was later adapted into a children’s musical. Among Hudson’s many clients and patrons are The Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and the New-York Historical Society.
Lisa Dolan is a retired Literacy Coach currently employed as a Literacy Consultant. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival and the founder of Hudson Reads, a reading mentorship program for Hudson students.
DATES/TIMES: Sunday, August 22 / 4pm
LOCATION: Hudson Hall
327 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Reservations required and available at https://hudsonoperahouse.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F1Q00000hwPkzUAE
PLEASE NOTE: All ticket holders must wear masks to this event. All ticket holders above the age of 12 must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 upon entry. For the safety of our community, we are not making exceptions for for people over the age of 12 unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Read our updated COVID policy here