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Diana Byer: Lauren Redniss’ Singular Style

August 17, 2011 4:24 PM
Author: Lauren Redniss
Publisher: It Books
Publication Date: Dec. 2006

The work of New York-based writer and illustrator Lauren Redniss is something special. You may have seen her “op-art” pieces it the New York Times. I greatly enjoyed her two books “Radioactive:  Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love & Fallout” and “Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis,” about the last living performer from Broadway’s legendary Ziegfeld Follies. The Times nominated her work for a Pulitzer. She creates evocative images using collage and original drawings and all of the text is handwritten. It’s a style all her own. I also have the pleasure of knowing Lauren. We first met when she was a student at my school.

Diana Byer is the founder, president, and artistic director of New York Theatre Ballet and its training school, Ballet School NY.  She has performed as a principal and as a guest artist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Manhattan Festival Ballet, New York City Opera Ballet, and the Juilliard Ensemble.

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