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The Power of Visual Storytelling: Balint Zsako (Bunny & Tree), in conversation with Julia Rothman

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$7.00 – $15.00

How do you tell a story without using a single word? This was the challenge artist Balint Zsako set for himself when creating Bunny & Tree—a gorgeous, sweeping story of adventure and friendship that is nearly 200 pages long… and entirely wordless! We hope you can join us for an evening celebrating this wonderful book and the power of visual storytelling, co-hosted by the Society of Illustrators and Enchanted Lion Books.

After taking you into the wondrous, wordless world of Bunny & Tree, Balint Zsako will be joined in conversation by illustrator Julia Rothman. The pair will discuss their creative process in crafting visual narratives; the similarities and differences in their approach to editorial illustration, children’s illustration, and gallery work; their path into the arts and publishing; and more. This conversation is not to be missed, and will be followed by an audience Q&A!

Described as a “visual tour de force” by Publishers Weekly, “mesmerizing” by Kirkus, and “endearing and uplifting” by the Wall Street Journal, Bunny & Tree was named one of the six most promising debuts of the season by Publishers Weekly. A book signing will follow the Q&A, so be sure to stick around to meet Balint, receive a beautiful handmade bookmark, and have your copy of Bunny & Tree personalized with a special stamp and signature!

Photograph by Natalie Matutschovsky

Balint Zsako (Bunny & Tree, Enchanted Lion Books) was born in Budapest, Hungary to a textile artist mother and a sculptor father. His family immigrated to Canada when he was ten years old. At university, he studied photography, but for the last 20 years, he has been exhibiting paintings and collages. Bunny & Tree is his first book, and Publishers Weekly selected it as one of the season’s six most promising children’s debuts, naming Balint a Spring 2023 Flying Start. His drawings were featured in Take This Waltz, a film by Sarah Polley, and his illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Julia Rothman is an illustrator, author, and journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has an illustrated column in the New York Times called Scratch, which focuses on small businesses. Her illustrations have appeared on a variety of things: wallpaper, stationery, subway posters, billboards, fabric, and dishes. She has authored and/or illustrated numerous books for adults and children. Her books have been praised by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Atlantic, PBS News Hour, the Boston Globe, and others.

Photo supplied by Julia Rothman

This event will take place in the Main Gallery. Bathrooms are only accessible via stairs.

Admission tickets are non-refundable but may be exchanged for another day occurring within 7 days of the originally purchased date. If you are unable to use your ticket at a later time, tickets may be converted to a donation by emailing


September 27
6:30 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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