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Wisniewski, David

Born: 1953 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Authors, Illustrators

1953 – Born on March 21st in England.

1973 – He spent two seasons as a Ringling Brothers clown before joining the country’s largest tent show, Circus Vargus, for an additional year.

1975 – He was hired as a puppeteer for a local troupe run by Donna Harris.

1980 – Left to form Clarion Shadow Theatre, which enjoyed immediate success in area schools.

1984 – The troupe won the first of two Henson Foundation grants (established by the late Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, to "foster excellence in the field of American puppetry") to mount a production of Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition." The production was highly acclaimed at theatre festivals and won a Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de Marionette, the international organization of puppeteers. The second Henson Grant was applied to a production of "Peter and the Wolf" that was commissioned by the Smithsonian.

1985 – The Wisniewskis discontinued regular performances by Clarion Shadow Theatre so they could work from home while raising their two children.

1987 – They established Clarion Graphics to service clients in the performing arts and educational fields.

1989 – David Wisniewski’s first children’s book, The Warrior and the Wise Man, was published.

         – His second book, Elfwyn’s Saga, comes from Icelandic myth and tells of the origin of the Northern Lights.

1991 – David Wisniewski’s third book, Rain Player, was published by Clarion Books.

         – The book did receive a number of praiseworthy reviews and was honored as a Best Kids Book by Parents Magazine.

1992-1993 – Clarion Books published his fourth book, Sundiata, Lion King of Mali.

         – It was named a Notable Children’s Books by the American Library Association, a Pick of the Lists by American Bookseller, a Best Kids Book by Parents Magazine and a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies by the National Council for the Social Studies.

1996-1997 – He wrote and illustrated "Golem", which received a Caldecott Medal.

2002 – David Wisniewski died on September 11th in a nursing home in Alexandria, Virginia after a brief illness. He was 49.