Society of
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Harrisburg Adventure w/ Lauren Castillo & Jonathan Bean Studio Tour

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Date(s) - 04/07/2018
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Pennsylvania State Capitol
State Street & North 3rd Street - Harrisburg, PA 17101


The Harrisburg Adventure


Spend a day with fellow writers and illustrators in our state capital; tour the studios of author-illustrators Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean; and return home inspired by art, books and good company!


On Saturday April 7th, treat yourself to an adventure! Join fellow SCBWI members, artists and book lovers, for a day on the town. First, we will visit the Pennsylvania State Capitol to see the gorgeous murals painted by American artist and female pioneer Violet Oakley. Then we’ll gather for coffee and shop-talk at the Midtown Scholar, a unique bookshop just blocks from the Millworks where EPA author-illustrators Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean share a studio. Lauren and Jonathan will welcome our group into their studios, provide a tour, answer questions and sign books. Then, we’ll head over to the historic Broad Street Market for lunch and final farewells.


Registration: Members $15      Non-Members $20


9:00 AM        

Meet at the Pennsylvania Capitol for a 30-minute tour of the beautiful, historic building with murals by American painter and female pioneer Violet Oakley.


10:00 AM       

Group gathers at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Café for introductions; bookstore tour, including presentation of murals by EPA illustrator Stephen Fieser; socializing; and shopping. During our visit, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is offering attendees a 10% discount on new and used books.


10:45 AM      

Visit Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean at their art studios in the Millworks. Once the Stokes Millwork, the building was redesigned, preserving the lumber and brick salvaged from the former factory, and is now home to 30+ artist studios, a brewery and restaurant to bring together a true bohemian atmosphere.


12:00 PM       

Enjoy lunch at the Broad Street Market believed to be the oldest farmers market in the country, while exchanging notes with fellow writers and illustrators.






Lauren studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor winning book, Nana in the City, as well as The Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy. Lauren has also illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider–The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert, Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, and City Cat by Kate Banks. She currently draws and dreams in Harrisburg, PA.

You can visit Lauren online at 



Jonathan grew up in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed, among many things, hiking, bird watching, and drawing the landscape. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College, he moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children’s literature when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, he’s worked for numerous publishers and his illustrations and writing have received widespread recognition. His first two authored picture books, At Night and Building Our House, won prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award for writing. His illustrations for The Apple Pie that Papa Baked won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for new talent and Publishers Weekly named him a newcomer to watch. He is currently working on his fifth authored picture book. Jonathan currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

You can visit Jonathan online at


If you have questions that are not answered after carefully reading the program description, please contact EPA Illustrator Coordinator Virginia Law Manning at