May 4, 2010 · 4:00 am
Last night’s book launch for Rick Riordan‘s The Red Pyramid at the Brooklyn Museum was awesome in the true sense of the word. It began with a reception in the spectacular Beaux Arts Court where we heard readings from the audio book narrators Katherine Kellgren and Kevin R Free and saw Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honor Rick. Then we headed off with Rick for a tour of the Egyptian galleries. Many boldface names were in attendance including Betsy Bird, Jennifer Hubert Swan, Karyn Silverman, Judy Freeman, Lisa von Drasek, John Rocco, Jenny Brown, Roxanne Feldman and daughter Lily, and the McCord van Kempen family.
Yes indeed, none other than Alex and Simon of The Real Housewives of New York were there because their older son is a huge Riordan fan (they read the books to him). He also confided to me that he is a “Level K.” Alex had spectacularly blue high heels that Ms. Swan rightly swooned over. When I told Alex I was a teacher at Dalton she asked if I knew this former faculty member. After obliging us with a few photos, listening to the presentations, and doing some of the other activities with their offspring, they headed off to their next event and I to the subway where I began the book and like it a lot so far.
February 21, 2010 · 2:13 pm
Rick Riordan was a middle school teacher for years and used his own lessons to create an excellent Percy Jackson teacher guide. And now he is going to be part of a Metropolitan Museum teacher workshop on March 14th. Bet it is going to be excellent!
Full-Day Workshop—Gods, Monsters, Myths: Exploring Greek and Roman Art through the Eyes of Percy Jackson
In the opening pages of Rick Riordan’s book The Lightning Thief, young Percy Jackson visits the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum with his school class to witness the power and magic of the works of art as mythology springs to life. Join us for this special workshop for K–12 educators and discover the wonder and beauty of classical mythology as represented in great ancient Greek and Roman works of art. Discuss key works, develop teaching strategies, and receive resource materials before attending a talk by
Riordan in the afternoon.
See Teacher Programs for registration information. For further information about teacher programs please call 212–570–3985 or email email@example.com. Enrollment for all workshops is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Susan K. Morrall, Giovanna Assenso-Termini
Fee: $50 (Includes instruction, resource materials, admission to the Museum and the Rick Riordan event, and lunch)
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Art Study Room, Uris Center for Education