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Make Way for Nancy, the Book

Make Way for Nancy

A New Book by Nancy Schön

Nancy's new book, the story of her life in public art, is to be published by David R. Godine on October 5th, 2017. The book will be for sale at local bookshops, Amazon, and here on Nancy's site.

Nancy tells the complex stories of how public art comes to be; the many steps in the artistic process as well as the the often more complex community and public process.

"I came upon children gathered around a sculpture of a woman holding a cat. They patted the cat and hugged it just as though it were real, and their parents smiled, never saying 'Don't!' Right then, I saw what I wanted for my art. I wanted my sculptures to be outdoors in parks, wherfe people of all ages could touch and enjoy them." Nancy Schön

"There are a dozen statues in the Boston Public Garden... George Washington is the biggest, but the best loved is the one by sculptor Nancy Schön of the feathered family from Robert McCloskey's Children's book, Make Way for Ducklings." - Robert Campbell, Boston Globe Magazine

For more information about the book or speaking engagements, contact Nancy at or Sue Ramin,, 617-451-9600 x25.

Nancy's Speaking Schedule

September 23rd, 1:00 to 2:30, Saturday
Boston Athenaeum
10 1/2 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108
Interviewer Dani Crickman at 617-720-7656

September 25th, 7:30 PM, Monday
The Paint Bar
823 Washington Street, Newtonville, MA 02460
Jodi at 617-467-5777, interviewer - Jackie Schon

September 28th, 4:00PM, Thursday
Newbury Court
80 Deaconess Road, Concord, MA 01742
Jessie Rodrigue at 978-402-8104. Interviewer - Mark Hopkins

October 4th, 7:30, Wednesday
North Hill
865 Central Street Needham, MA 02492
Interviewer - Helen Meyrowitz (

October 7th, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday
“Make Way for Ducklings 30 birthday party at the Boston Public Garden
Susan Abell at 617-723-8144 x 205

October 10th, 7 PM, Tuesday
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446, 617-566-6660

October 18th, 11:00, Wednesday
Chilton Club
152 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Meg Lilly at 617-523-3963, Interviewer - Jennifer Donaldson

October 19th, 6:00pm, Thursday
Boston Public Library
Copley Square, Rebecca Campbell at 617-859-2382, Interviewed by Anita Diamant

October 24th, 7:00 pm, Tuesday
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street, Newton Center, MA 02459
617-571-9369, Interviewer - Ellen Myers

November 5th, 3:00pm, Sunday
All Newton Music School
321 Chestnut Street, West Newton, MA 02465
(617) 527-4553 Interviewer - Paulette Bowes

November 13th, 7:00, Monday
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road, Newton Center, MA 02459
Newton Inspires - “In conversation with Nancy Schön” - with Jerad Bowen Contact - Rory Shell -

November 15th, 7:00, Wednesday
Newtonville Book Store
101 Langley Road, Newton Center, MA 02459
617-244-6619, Interviewer - Mary Cotton

November 19th, 12:00 noon to 3PM, Sunday
The Goldsmith at the Chestnut Hill Mall
199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
2nd floor – Fun and Games, Refreshments, and introducing “Ducklings’ Jewelry for Children