For Arthur’s 35th Anniversary Marc Brown has set aside 35 days over this year to visit schools and libraries around the country. He will be in Grand Rapids on March 21 at 4:00 p.m. and will be creating drawings in front of your eyes and speaking for free at the Main Library in the Ryerson Auditorium.
Marc Brown created Arthur, who stars in dozens of books and an Emmy Award-winning television series. When his first son, Tolon, was born, he started telling him stories. One night the story was about an aardvark named Arthur. Most of the characters in Marc Brown’s books are modeled after one person or a combination of people from his life. Many characters were inspired by people he knew when he was growing up and going to school in Erie, Pennsylvania. He gets story ideas and suggestions from children he meets in schools, libraries, and bookstores around the country, “The most interesting and funniest things, ” says Brown, “happen in real life.”