LEGENDS, TWO FRIENDS:
BRYAN AND JAN SPIVEY GILCHRIST
Bryan and Jan Spivey Gilchrist are legends in the children's book
world. They are also great friends and together, this remarkable
duo offers an unforgettable presentation to any and all age groups.
Here is a general description of their program:
content may vary, depending on the needs of the group, but the
following is a general description. Each of them will read from
his or her work, usually poetry or some picture book excerpts.
Ashley sometimes also reads from other poets' work (Langston Hughes,
for example). Jan and Ashley will also discuss their art and,
if the proper equipment is available, Jan will show some slides.
Interspersed throughout the program, they'll offer comments about
writing, children, how children develop confidence, how children
develop their own talents, what adults can do to encourage these
attributes in children. There is a great deal of audience participation.
one is speaking, the other is usually seated (either on the stage
or in seats at the front of the audience).
the end of the program, they will read some poetry together, and
then there's even more audience involvement as they offer a Q&A
stated earlier, the content may vary, depending on the needs of
the audience. Workshops are not offered with this program, but
ask about any other details you would like to include.
program is flexible, so the audience can be any age whatsoever
-- from preschool to adult. The program can be geared to very
young children, older children, or adults, and those adults can
be parents, teachers, librarians or a mixture of all three.
Length and How Many They Can Do a Day:
and Jan work together in this hour-long program. For very young
audiences (preschool and kindergarteners), it would be a little
shorter to be appropriate for their attention spans.
and Jan can do the Two Legends, Two Friends Program three times
a day, plus they would both be available for autographing books.
They prefer a 20-minute break between three presentations. Occasionally,
they can do one program the evening before, and two programs the
microphones, preferably standing microphones, equipment for a
Powerpoint presentation, seats for both of them, drinking water,
and if possible, a table for copies of the books from which they
will be reciting.
per day honorarium is $5,000 for both of them, plus expenses for
each of them (travel, hotel, and meals). Keep in mind that this
involves two hotel rooms, meals for both of them, and roundtrip
airfare for both. To help you estimate airfare, here are the residences
for each of them: Jan lives in the Chicago area, and Ashley lives
in Maine. Please
note that, for health reasons, Jan Spivey Gilchrist will need
direct flights whenever possible.
honorarium should be divided two ways, $2,500 being paid to Ashley
Bryan, $2,500 to Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Please make the checks
out to each of them separately. The honorarium is due following
the last presentation or session on the last day.
and organizations should also be prepared to pay airfare and hotel
charges directly to the airline and hotel respectively. Please
discuss travel arrangements with each of them, but do please pay
for their travel and hotel in advance with the hosting organization's
check or credit card.
further information, especially about the expenses (travel, hotel,
and meals), click the "Arrange An Appearance" button and see "General
Information on the Cost of an Author Appearance" as well as the
'Honorariums' section near the bottom of "How to Plan an Author
to book this program:
book Two Legends, Two Friends at least a year in advance.