Jane McCloskey, daughter of beloved children’s author Robert McCloskey, will share memories of her father, his classic titles and iconic artwork at a talk and book signing Friday, Aug. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 21 E. Main St./Route 1.

McCloskey has just published a new biography of her father, “Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures,” with remembrances of his wonderful stories and more than 100 examples of his art. The event is free and the public is warmly invited.

Robert McCloskey (1914 to 2003) was the author and illustrator of some of the most honored and enduring books of American childhood including “Blueberries for Sal,” “One Morning in Maine,” “Time of Wonder” and, perhaps his best-known work, “Make Way for Ducklings.” Born in Ohio, he studied art in Boston and New York City where he built his career primarily as an illustrator. He spent his summers on Scott Island, however, and it was in Maine that his genius flourished. The winner of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honor awards, McCloskey was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  His books are considered 20th-century icons, captivating children all across the country and handed down from one generation to the next.

Jane McCloskey is the younger of two daughters in the family and a resident of Deer Isle, very near to Scott Island.  Her book is the first-ever biography of her father and a beautiful tribute to a shy and quiet man who was most comfortable letting his work speak for him.

The book includes more than 50 examples of McCloskey’s most famous drawings and paintings and 50 more that have rarely been seen outside the family. With stories and artwork that chronicle the full span of her father’s career, as well as their life as a family, she describes the book as “the result of a lifetime of sleuthing, dedicated to my father and mother with love.”

For more information about Friday’s event or to reserve signed copies of the new biography, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400. All of Robert McCloskey’s books will be available as well.  The shop is open daily.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.