We are honored to host the first book release event for “Electric Angel,” written by Nanci J. Mortimer and illustrated by artist Della Wells. Join us for a reading by Nanci and a art activity led by Della.
Free to the public. The book will be available for purchase.
A young girl and her parents travel from Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood to see the Grant Park Orchestra. “It’s gonna be ee—lec—tric!” Daddy says. The family rides the ‘L’ train—what mama calls “everybody’s taxi,” on the Red Line to downtown Millennium Park. The girl is captivated by a man on the ‘L’ platform playing the Blues, and also by the violin soloist on stage playing a concerto. On the train ride home, she falls asleep on her mama’s lap and dreams of adding her own music to the “City of the Big Shoulders.”
Intended for ages 4–8.
Nanci J. Mortimer loves music, poetry, and Chicago. She and her family lived in the City of the Big Shoulders for 15 years and were regular attendees of the Grant Park Festival. Whenever they visit they make time for an ‘L’ ride and a concert. Ms. Mortimer currently works as an elementary school GSA and resides in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her husband, three girls, and a medley of pets.
Della Wells is a self-taught artist who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her artwork is an extension of her commitment to storytelling and folklore, and she incorporates her own symbolism into her images. Wells’ work is exhibited in Europe, British Columbia, and throughout the United States.