Prized author and illustrator of children’s books including, Obama: The Day the World Danced, the first picture book in the U.S. about the historical election

Jan Spivey Gilchrist, a prized author and illustrator of children’s books, will be on the IU Northwest campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. Please note her original appearance of Wednesday, Feb. 2 was cancelled due to winter weather that closed the IU Northwest campus.

Gilchrist will read several of her books to a group of fourth through sixth-graders who attend a local grade school. Following her reading, she will have selections of her books for sale and provide autographed copies.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s career as a fine artist has spanned a quarter of a century. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. She has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including the Coretta Scott King Award for Nathaniel Talking, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Night on Neighborhood Street. Gilchrist is also the author of two picture books, Indigo and Moonlight Gold, and Madelia. Indigo and Moonlight Gold is treasured by many for its sensitive and moving text, as well as for its striking illustrations, and Madelia is a beautifully illustrated story of an artistic young girl.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist - obama, The Day the World DancedHer most recent book, Obama: The Day the World Danced, is the first picture book in the U.S. about the historical election.

Other works by Gilchrist have appeared on national television, and her illustrations have been featured or reviewed in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, L.A. Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Ebony Magazine, and others. She was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in October of 2000. She was also inducted into the prestigious Society of Illustrators in 2001.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event, which will take place in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium located in the Savannah Center on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.  This event is sponsored by the IU Northwest Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Diversity Programming.

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