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Join S.E. Hinton at Klyde Warren Park on Saturday

Like watching a man work really, really quickly and create something pretty in just 2 minutes? Then you need to watch this video of artist Mike Stilkey recycling 1,400 books by painting on their spines. We brought him here as part of our Big D Reads program (the one where we’re asking everyone to read S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders this month). Ryan Hartsell from Reel FX and Dylan Rogers from &Transfer captured the footage. The guys spent six days filming Stilkey work, then took it back to the folks at Reel FX, who cut it down.

I’m showing this to you today because April is almost over, which means our program is wrapping up for the year. We’ve surprised (and confused) a lot of people with a free copy of the book, kicked off the program in more than a dozen high schools, and seen how creative people can be when given the theme of The Outsiders.

The next four days, however, give you a few opportunities to hear from The Outsiders‘ author, Susie Hinton. She got off the plane this afternoon and went directly to KERA’s studio to talk with Krys Boyd on Think. Tonight, she’ll be at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Live (sorry, tickets are sold out). On Saturday, she’ll be at Klyde Warren Park (this event is free and open to the public). She’ll be out there with Krys Boyd from Think and Grey Frederickson, a producer on The Outsiders, from 1 to 2. Come early and enjoy all forms of storytelling. Stay late, and watch a performance by the Dallas Opera and Undermain Theatre and catch a screening of the movie. We’ll be there from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Join us for your last chance to get a special-edition copy of The Outsiders.