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Illustrator and Author Allen Say


Japanese-born Portland-based children’s book illustrator and author Allen Say’s work has won some of the biggest honors in children’s literature and draws from the artist’s own life. His most recent book, “Drawing From Memory,” describes growing up in post-World War II Japan and apprenticing himself to a famous Japanese comic book artist at the age of 12. Say talks about his life and how his autobiography influences his art.

Producer - Beth Harrington
Videographer - Greg Bond
Editor - Nicholas Fisher
Audio - Ted Cutler & Randy Layton

More Information
Biographical info about Allen Say by his publisher.
Japanese book site. Essay by Allen’s daughter about him.
See some of Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say’s illustrations.

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