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Atlanta Author Brings Story Of Ballet Pioneer To Life

Aug 10, 2015

A page from “Swan” by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad. “It really was the first time it's ever been exactly what I saw in my head,” says Snyder of the artwork.
Credit Julie Morstad / Chronicle Books

As a young girl, it was Laurel Snyder’s dream to be a ballerina. While she grew up instead to become an author of books for children, her forthcoming work, “Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova,” helps to fulfill that earlier dream just a little bit.

Pavlova was a ballet dancer in late-19th and early-20th century Russia who helped to bring the art form to audiences worldwide.

Myke Johns sat down with Snyder to talk about putting Pavlova’s extraordinary life on the page, the surprising things she learned while researching the dancer and about not shying away from the sadder aspects of her subject's story.

"Swan" comes out Aug. 18 on Chronicle Books.