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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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July 2013

Deborah Goodman Davis

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   Deborah Goodman Davis


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

July is another month with both an adult and children’s author being highlighted in our Invite an Author initiative - a true embarrassment of riches.

Our BCCLS Invite an Author for July in the children’s book category has written a picture book that is great for multiple reasons. Perhaps most importantly, it’s great because it is a fun read about a family trip.  Great, too, because those of you who offer museum passes can highlight this book as part of your museum pass program.  And great yet again because it’s one of those wonderful kids’ books where we all can learn something without even realizing it.

It is with great pleasure that I present Deborah Goodman Davis as BCCLS Invite an Author for July 2013.

DEBORAH GOODMAN DAVIS has introduced modern and contemporary art to audiences as an art historian, art advisor and curator. She was involved in significant gallery and museum exhibitions, including Paul Gauguin: A Retrospective at the National Gallery of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has written on the history of art, including an essay in Felix Vallotton: A Retrospective (Yale University Press).

Speeding Down the Spiral is her first children’s book.

She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. from the University of Chicago. She works in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two children. Please visit her at

"In this delightful debut children’s picture book, a young girl’s introduction to the Guggenheim Museum turns into a wild, unexpected adventure. Naess’ appealing, colorful illustrations beautifully complement the reproductions of the museum’s artwork, and children are sure to enjoy this book’s clever, happy ending. ..A whirling, twisting run through one of the world’s great museums that will charm young readers."


I always wondered what would happen if someone started running down the spiral ramp at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Now I know. When a young girl lets go of her brother’s stroller at the top of the museum, readers are treated to both an energetic attempt to catch him and a lesson in great art. This book is a great stand-alone story, but is made extra special if you can take it with you to the museum itself. Summer field trip, anyone?

Huffington Post / Devon Corneal

I have some copies of Speeding Down the Spiral generously donated to BCCLS and available to first requesters so hit that reply button fast to add a copy to your collection.

Click here for a flyer that gives you more information about the book.

You might consider printing the flyer and displaying it near your museum pass information for those who are going to the Guggenheim with kids.

Ms. Davis is available for library visits (no charge to BCCLS libraries).  Please contact her directly at I hope you’ll consider inviting her  to your libraries for a fun visit with the kids.

Warmest regards,