Several members of Once Upon a Shoreline SCBWI critique group have recently received recognition.

Three of the members were nominated in the Young Reader category in the 2017 Connecticut Book Awards; Karen Fortunati for The Weight of Zero, Leslie Connor for All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook and Susan Hood for Ada’s Violin. The Weight of Zero won the category. Congratulations, Karen!


Deborah Freedman (This House, Once) and Frank Dormer (Firefighter Duckies) have had their illustrations selected for The Original Art 2017 Exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd St. in New York. The exhibit will run Nov. 1 – Dec. 30 with an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.

Marcela Staudenmaier has been selected as Artist-in Residence at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art at 51 Trumbull St, New Haven.

Congratulations everyone!

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