April 30-May 1, 2011
Ludwig Bemelmans grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano has brought Madeline and her friends to a new generation of readers. He grew up surrounded by Madeline, in many ways. “The character was essentially on my mother, and also my grandmother,” who lived with his family, Marciano told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview. He also had pictures from the book “Madeline in London” hanging on the walls of his childhood room.
2011 is the first year the L.A. Times’ Festival of Books will take place on the campus of USC. Marciano will be there, signing Madeline posters, book bags and everything else she and her friends manage to climb onto.