World Book Day

Posted by R. S. Markel on Apr 23rd, 2017

Today is world book day, a particular day marked every year since the initial inception in 1995 to celebrate books and the joy of reading. As an avid reader, an author, and a father of a daughter who cannot seem to find enough books or time to read, World Book Day is an annual reminder of the importance of reading and of learning through the medium of the written word. So whether one wishes to be immersed in some faraway, fantastical place or discover the hidden workings of our amazing world, I hope we might all find the opportunity to spend even a little bit of today in the company of a favorite book. And now that I have written this tidy little post, I shall find a comfortable spot and return to my reading.

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On Planets and Fireflies

Posted by R. S. Markel on Dec 16th, 2016

One evening this past summer I found occasion to surprise my family by announcing an immediate departure for a little adventure at the time when preparations for journeys into dreamland are normally commenced.

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Appearance at Children's Chorale Fundraiser

Posted by R. S. Markel on Dec 02nd, 2016

R. S. Markel and the Lillybeth and Hinsberth books and prints will be at the Boulder Chorale holiday concert "A Thousand Beautiful Things". The concert is to be held at FUMC as part of the Chorale's annual fundraiser on December 9th from 7 to 9 and December 11 from 4 to 6. Come for a chat and to enjoy the beautiful holiday music and gifts!

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Kutandara Silent Auction

Posted by R. S. Markel on Sep 03rd, 2016

A signed copy of Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things and a print have been donated to Kutandara Center's "Moon and Stars" silent auction fundraiser. The Kutandara Center is an organization devoted to building community through music.

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National Book Lover's Day

Posted by R. S. Markel on Aug 10th, 2016

Yesterday was National Book Lover's day in the US, and as part of the ongoing celebrations I would like to share a quote. I first read this quote at the age of ten, after my father gave me the book Cosmos as a gift. As a writer, I could not agree more. Books truly are magic.

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The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend and confidant and resident of The Farm, to share his opinions on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.

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Speaking Engagements

Follow your dreams! Author, illustrator, scientist, engineer and generally curious character R. S. Markel is available to give an inspiring presentation based on his short semi-autobiographical story titled "The Dream Star".

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Hello and welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of books for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character and illustration galleries. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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