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Claiborne O'Connor
Amador cover artist and illustrator Claiborne O'Connor (with Casey) in her home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, 2008

The recipe books, TWELVE GIFTS and MORE GIFTS by Adela Amador, and the children's book LITTLE BROWN ROADRUNNER by Leon Wender, are completely hand-lettered and illustrated by Claiborne O'Connor. We will be displaying some of the original artwork at unpcoming bookstore appearances so that today's book lovers can appreciate Mike's artistry and pre-digital-age graphic arts techniques. For some it will be an eye-opener; and for others, a trip down memory lane.

Claiborne O'Connor

Claiborne (a.k.a. "Mike") O'Connor was born in New York City and is a graduate of Skidmore College in New York. She taught art in public schools, working her way west with her husband, the late John O'Connor, who was also a teacher. They lived in Connecticut and then St. Louis before settling in Albuquerque, where they came in 1965 to take jobs at the Albuquerque Academy.

Mike taught at the Academy for ten years, and it is there that she met Harry Willson and first collaborated with him on junior school Art and English projects. Some years later, after Mike had begun her own graphics arts business, she encountered Harry at the grocery store. He told her about his new publishing company and asked if she would illustrate his first book, DUKE CITY TALES. Mike agreed, and the rest, as they say, is history. Mike went on to provide cover art and illustrations for the many of the Amador Publishers books which followed.


AMADOR PUBLISHERS BOOK CREDITS
cover art and illustrations:
DUKE CITY TALES and VERMIN by Harry Willson; TWELVE GIFTS, MORE GIFTS, and UNDERCURRENTS by Adela Amador; LITTLE BROWN ROADRUNNER by Leon Wender; CHRISTMAS BLUES ANTHOLOGY ed. by Gatuskin, Miller, Willson; CASTLE LARK by Zelda Leah Gatuskin
cover art:
THE CARLOS CHADWICK MYSTERY by Gene Bell-Villada; CAESAR OF SANTA FE by Tim MacCurdy; EVA'S WAR and PARADISE FOUND, AND LOST by Eva Krutein; FAR FROM THE ANGELS by Ben Tarver; SOULS AND CELLS REMEMBER and A WORLD FOR THE MEEK by Harry Willson; THE TIME DANCER by Zelda Leah Gatuskin


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