President Obama pens Georgia O'Keeffe profile

  • September 15, 2010 12:21

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Photo portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918.
Cover of Barack Obama's new book "Of Thee I Sing."

This fall President Barack Obama will publish his first children's book: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. The book profiles thirteen prominent figures in American history, among them, first President George Washington, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, and pioneering painter Georgia O' Keeffe.

The book was written prior to Obama taking office and aims to celebrate influential Americans with “ideals that have shaped our nation.”

O'Keeffe (1887-1986), known internationally for her powerful abstract paintings of flowers and bold imagery of the Southwest, pushed the boundaries of modern art for much of the 20th century.

A portion of the proceeds (Obama's take) from book sales will be used to create a scholarship for the children of deceased and disabled American soldiers.

The 40-page picture book will be released by Random House's Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on November 16th with an initial print run of 500,000 copies.


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