Photo Thursday: An Empty Chair

Last week, Chinese writer and activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel peace prize. He is imprisoned, as is his wife; no relative or representative could attend the ceremony. In his honor, instead of a video this Thursday, we have a single moving photo:

Liu Xiaobo’s empty chair.

9 thoughts on “Photo Thursday: An Empty Chair”

  1. Would Lee and Low be interested in doing a picture book about Mr. Liu Xiaobo? I have a deep interest in Asia (I speak Japanese, and lived in Tokyo for several years), and would love to depict the struggle for human rights in a picture-book appropriate way.

    Jed Henry
    New York Times Bestselling Illustrator
    http://www.jedart.blogspot.com

  2. Jed, we’re always looking for picture book biographies of courageous people of color. You should make sure to check out our submissions guidelines — for authors and for illustrators — and if you think your work is a match for us, submit following those guidelines.

  3. JED: I went to the library yesterday and got my hands on a bunch of Caldecott winners. Before making that trip, I would’ve thought your Xiaobo idea would be too heavy for a picture book, but now that I’ve really looked at some of the winners, I don’t feel that way. Another great idea for you to pursue!

  4. JED: I went to the library yesterday and got my hands on a bunch of Caldecott winners. Before making that trip, I would’ve thought your Xiaobo idea would be too heavy for a picture book, but now that I’ve really looked at some of the winners, I don’t feel that way. Another great idea for you to pursue!

  5. You’re absolutely right, Anita, serious doesn’t mean a story can’t be done as a picture book—it just needs to be dealt with in a sensitive, child-appropriate manner. But books like our Brothers in Hope and A Song for Cambodia are great for teaching children the reality of the world at a level they can understand.

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