Born in Racine, studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Born in Racine, Henkes often visited the local art museum - The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. He was greatly inspired by these visits and by reading his favorite books. Henkes is best known for the books featuring an adorable assortment of marvelous mice - Chester, Chrysanthemum, Lilly, Owen, Penny, Wendell and Wemberly - to name a few. But he has written more than 40 books including novels, picture books, and his popular "mouse books." Kitten's First Full Moon was the winner of the Caldecott Medal and Henke's novel Olive's Ocean won a Newbery Honor. The Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, selected him to deliver the prestigious May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture in 2007.
Born in Milwaukee
Film historian, filmmaker, and film critic, Schickel is the author of more than 30 books and the director-writer-producer of dozens of film and television documentaries. Among his best-known books are Elia Kazan: A Biography; D.W. Griffith: An American Life; Clint Eastwood: A Biography; The Disney Version; Brando: A Life in Our Times; and his memoir, Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip. His most recent titles are Clint: A Retrospective and Conversations with Scorsese. A film critic for Life magazine and Time magazine for 43 years, Schickel reviews at Truthdig.com. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and was awarded an honorary degree by the American Film Institute.