Tompkins County Public Library

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Library to Host Author Emily Rhoads Johnson for Discussion and Signing

The Tompkins County Public Library will host local author Emily Rhoads Johnson for a discussion and signing of "Wizard at Work: The Life and Art of George Rhoads," Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 PM in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

"Wizard at Work. . ." provides a detailed look at the life of Johnson's brother, George, an artist and creator of dramatic, audio-kinetic sculptures featured in airports, hospitals, shopping malls and science museums around the world.

Johnson offers a look at her sibling's formative years, his early passion for drawing and inventing and his determination to pursue a career as an artist despite protest from his parents. Told from her unique and witty perspective, Johnson reveals her brother's charming quirks and unconventional approach to life and offers detailed descriptions of many of George's playful sculptures.

Johnson is a writer, editor, teacher and the facilitator of TCPL's Mother/Daughter Book Club. She is the author of three young adult novels: "Spring and the Shadow Man,” “ A House Full of Strangers" and "Write Me If You Dare."

Copies of “Wizard at Work,” will be available for purchase at the event.

This program is free and open to an all ages audience. For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or

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