I happened upon the LitWorld website — a fabulous nonprofit dedicated to cultivating literacy across the globe. They’re celebrating the World Read Aloud Day and pairing authors with schools. For March 7th, I’ll be Skyping with a small school in China called Access International Academy of Ningbo and reading the students my book. Sharing Colors of Me with students on the other side of the world — inspiration at its best.
Barnes & Noble (Flint)
Sometimes, life just doesn’t seem like it can get any better. I adore you, Barnes & Noble. I adore you, independent bookstores. I adore all bookstores, truthfully. Any place with books on its shelves is home to me. And just when I didn’t think I could love a bookstore any more…I did a reading/signing at B&N for St. Pius X Catholic School’s Bookfair Fundraiser. What put it over the top — the children created decorative collages for the entire store — so many that there was no room to put them all up! But I looked at a great deal of them and they were beautiful. You can see some of the larger ones they created pictured here. Who wouldn’t be inspired by children’s art?
What a memorable day of fun! I was invited by the Blissfield Library to join them for their Storytime where I did a reading/signing and an art project with the kids. Since Annika Nelson created the illustrations for Colors of Me with collage, the kids used the same the method to fill in their coloring sheets — a page from the book. Fun times!
Cranbrook Institute of Science
I did a very special reading and signing at The Cranbrook Institute of Science less than a month after Colors of Me had been released. There was a private viewing of their new exhibit and I was there to help them celebrate.
I first discovered Etsuko Ichikawa and her captivating artwork on the Anthropolgist. Watching her actually create the work is just as hypnotic as seeing the finished pieces.
In “Traces of the Molten State,” Etsuko Ichikawa creates drawings (called pyrographs) with molten glass.