Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. It is an honor to help host this award-winning painter, children's book author, and illustrator Allen Say. He travels from his Portland home to present a special program for people of all ages. He'll discuss a work in progress, and also his most recent picture book, Erika-San (Houghton Mifflin)which is about a young woman's journey to her grandmother's country of Japan, where she becomes a teacher, makes a home, and then falls in love. Allen Say's many delightful picture books include Emma's Rug, El Chino, Tea and Milk, Kamishibai Man, and the Caldecott Medal-winning Grandfather's Journey. He has also written about his own early life in The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice, published as a novel for Young Adults. Free admission is on first-come, first-serve basis. The Microsoft Auditorium in the Seattle Public Central Library is located at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). Special $5 parking coupons for the Central Library garage are available on a limited basis for those attending. For more information, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, The Seattle Public Library at (206) 386-4636, or see www.spl.org. Allen Say will also speak at the Wing Luke Asian Museum on Saturday, January 16 at 4 p.m. More details at www.wingluke.org. Special thanks to the Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Seattle Times for assistance with this program.