Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

October 26
Doors open at 1:45 p.m.; program starts at 2:30 p.m.

Autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a good book.

In their newest children’s picture book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen invite readers to join two boys who are on a mission to dig a huge hole and discover something spectacular. The multi-award-winning New York Times best-selling pair will kick off the new season of Pittsburgh Arts & LecturesKids and Teens series on Sunday, October 26th, at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall.

Listeners will be drawn in by Barnett and Klassen’s signature dramatic pacing, visual humor and deadpan delivery, as Sam and Dave—accompanied by an intrepid canine companion—set out on adventure and keep right on digging. As the boys embark on this quintessential childhood activity, the timeless tale reminds kids of all ages that it is possible to find something extraordinary where and when you least expect it.

The dymanic duo, known for their wit, are expected to talk about their newest book, share stories about how they collaborate, and perhaps even describe what it is like to to recreate the book’s cover by literally filling a bookstore window with dirt.

Author of several award-winning books for children, Mac Barnett is an American writer based in Oakland, CA. A graduate of Pomona College, where he studied under acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace (1962 – 2008), Barnett is also author of several novels and works of short fiction, and is co-editor of McSweeney’s The Goods.

Author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, which is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, and This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and is now based in Los Angeles. His books have won both the Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenaway Medal.

Extra Yarn, a picture book written by Barnett and illustrated by Klassen, won the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and the 2013 E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and was a Caldecott Medal Honor Book and a New York Times bestseller.

The event will feature a lively presentation, an audience Q&A, a book signing and snacks. Books will be available for purchase from Mystery Lovers Bookshop, an independent store located in Oakmont. Presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA&L Kids and Teens’ kids series connects world-class authors and great stories with Pittsburgh families and readers of all ages.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.