Pop-up book designer scheduled for festival

August 3, 2012 by Pam May

Robert Sabuda

As a “paper engineer,” Robert Sabuda creates pop-up books. But these aren’t your grandmother’s pop-up books. They spin, float, flip and rotate with intricate, carefully designed moments of magic.

Sabuda has created 33 books in the past 15 years. He’ll speak about his work and sign books immediately afterwards at the West Virginia Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. Here’s a sneak preview.

With more than five million books in print that have been translated into 25 languages worldwide, he appears regularly on the television programs “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Martha Stewart,” where he shares his enthusiasm for creativity, children’s book art and literature. His titles include “Chanukah Lights,” “Beauty & the Beast,” “Peter Pan” and many more.

Charlaine Harris, best-selling urban fantasy novelist; Craig Johnson, author of the “Longmire” series of mystery novels; and Tamora Pierce, author of 28 fantasy novels for teens, have already been announced as part of the line-up for the festival, which will be held Oct. 13 and 14 at the Charleston Civic Center. The annual, two-day event celebrates books and reading and offers something for all age groups. A variety of authors will attend, participating in book signings, readings, workshops and lectures. Activities for children include special programs and a section of the Marketplace filled with children’s activities. Admission to the festival is free.

The event is presented by The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, Inc., Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Humanities Council, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail and is sponsored by The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation, Pam Tarr and Gary Hart, the Friends of The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, and Books-A-Million. For more information, visit www.wvbookfestival.org.

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