Paul Schexnayder



Paul Schexnayder has worked as an artist, author/illustrator, and art teacher. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, he has illustrated over half a dozen children’s books and has been the official Louisiana artist of many state festivals and events. Schexnayder owns an art gallery in his hometown of New Iberia, where he currently lives with his wife and three kids.





10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Authors Tent 2
Book Talk
In the Time of Shimmer and Light

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


In the Time of Shimmer and Light

Artist Paul Schexnayder s painting of a Trojan horse, a king, and a blue monkey in a boat developed into his first book, In the Time of Joy and Wonder (2017), which told the fantastical tale of these three characters and their discovery of an abandoned boat with a young oak tree sapling stowed inside. In the Time of Shimmer and Light precludes this story of the mighty love oak tree. Queen Ida Peacock, Sir Galatoire Gator, and Tin Toy Hare are all living on a happy island home. A strange object floating in the water brings pride and envy to the island. A dark cloud of doom hangs in the air. However, Queen Ida has a plan to restore the peace, setting off the beginning of this three book series.


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