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The Making of “Pirate Queens”: A Conversation with Illustrator Sara Gomez Woolley and Author Leigh Lewis, moderated by Eva Absher-Schantz

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$7.00 – $15.00


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Join illustrator Sara Gómez Woolley and author Leigh Lewis for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of National Geographic Kids’ new book, PIRATE QUEENS. Moderated by National Geographic Kids’ Creative Director Eva Absher-Schantz, this conversation will discuss the intersection of research and artistry to illustrations, to the written manuscript. This event will take a closer look at the inspiration behind important pieces of hidden history that aren’t often shown in textbooks, showcasing the partnership between author and illustrator and publisher, as well as the intersection of art and historical documentation.

Tickets are $15 General Admission/ $7 students/ seniors. Members must log into their accounts to receive the 10% discount on tickets.

About the Speakers

LEIGH LEWIS is a children’s writer and poet who has been “playing pirates” since she could walk. She does her best work in loud cafes, on long journeys, or in bed, late at night while everyone else sleeps. Her adventures on the high seas have enabled her to call many places “home,” including Turkey, Greece, England, and Russia, as well as cities all over the United States. Eventually, Lewis navigated her way back to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where she spends her time dreaming up stories for kids of all ages.  Follow Leigh on Instagram or twitter @leighwriting or her website

SARA GOMEZ WOOLLEY is an award-winning children’s book illustrator whose clients include Scholastic, Random House, and more. Her recent children’s book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, received a Foreword Reviews 2015 Book of the Year Gold Medal and an IPPY Award Silver Medal and is currently featured in Creative Quarterly’s Journal of Art & Design.  

Eva Absher-Schantz is Design Director at National Geographic Kids Books where she has overseen the development and brand extensions of many popular National Geographic books like Weird but True and Explorer Academy. She believes that nonfiction content should be designed to be accessible to all kids to showcase the beauty and biodiversity of this planet and the amazing, true stories that are worth telling again and again.

This is an in-person event. Tickets required to attend. All participants must show proof of full vaccination and wear a mask when they are not eating or drinking. Booster doses strongly recommended. To ensure safe social distancing, this event is limited to 50 participants. To learn more about our Safety Protocols please go here.

This event takes place on the third floor dining room and is only accessible via stairs.

Members must be logged into their accounts to receive the 10% discount. Please click on “log in” on the upper right hand corner of the screen and type in your credentials, then revisit the event page. The discount will appear after you add the ticket to your cart.


March 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$7.00 – $15.00
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At the Society
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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