New York Times Live Art!

Last week, I soaked up some lovely Fall weather in New York and chatted with Maria Russo from the New York Times! Each week, they do a Facebook Live Art Video, sharing the work of kitlit author/illustrators, and I'm so happy I got to jump in and share my process with you guys. The video is based around How To Make Friends With A Ghost and I shared a bit about the book while working on an illustration (which, thank goodness, I finished in a half hour!) 

Creepy nervous smile before the event began! Totally had butterflies. 

Creepy nervous smile before the event began! Totally had butterflies. 

I carried all my supplies in my Peg & Awl Sendak Artist Roll which I loooove.

I carried all my supplies in my Peg & Awl Sendak Artist Roll which I loooove.

Chatting with Maria! She's so lovely!

Chatting with Maria! She's so lovely!

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Thank you to everyone who joined in, asked wonderful questions and gave praise for the book. I'm truly humbled. And what fun, to talk about making art, when so often it is such a solitary process! A half hour went by fast, and I was unusually calm, despite my nerves!

Also HUGE thank you to my girl Meera Lee Patel who took me under her wing in NY (having lived there before). She navigated us through the Subways, showed me the best pizza place in Brooklyn and took photos during the event. (I would have been lost and starving without her.) We also had two other ladies from the Warren in NY (totally lucky coincidence!) Jenny Robinson and Lauren Lowen were there for Watkins business and we got to hang with them! Lauren found a new friend in our Airbnb and we all wanted to steal him. 

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ALSO Books of Wonder was out of Ghost Books so I didn't get to sign them BUT I did see this awesome display for The Glass Town Game, which I illustrated for Simon & Schuster! 

ALSO Books of Wonder was out of Ghost Books so I didn't get to sign them BUT I did see this awesome display for The Glass Town Game, which I illustrated for Simon & Schuster! 

The calendar gods were on our side big time. My editor, Tara, from Tundra was in NY on business and we got to have the nicest dinner to discuss books and life and food. I love her and could talk to her for days. DAYS. (we love talking so much that I forgot to take a photo!)

On the last day, we met up with Mari Andrew, who has a book coming out in April, and who was a serious breath of fresh air. She's funny and real and felt like an immediate friend. We also got to visit with Matthew Forsythe who's work I've long admired. It was a dream to meet him and while it was hard to keep my composure and not let my fangirl come out, it was so great talking about his past and future projects. What a gem! 

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Above, we're pictured in Central Park BECAUSE Meera did a painting video for her upcoming book, My Friend Fear, which I cannot wait to read. Getting to know her these last couple of months has been life giving and I'm so proud of her and her work.    

I'm afraid I am. 

I'm afraid I am. 

Thank you again to Tundra, The New York Times, and everyone who made the trip a dream. 


Yesterday, not so very far from NY, the book also made its way onto The Morning Show in Toronto for Janet Joy Wilson’s spooky October book picks! Isn't her costume amazing?! She pulled out the best from the book, highlighting the details and the overarching storyline in such a caring way. 

Thanks again to everyone who watched the NYT video. As you can see, there are loads of artist videos on there that educate and inspire, so dig into them! I know I've got a couple in my queue that I can't wait to watch. 

Have a spooky Thursday little goblins! 

PS - Tonight if you're in Nashville, we're having a Halloween drawing night at The Warren - stop by from 6-8! 

Ghost News!

Ghost news is the best news, or that's what my grandpa used to tell me. (I made that up!) 

Most paranormal news involves hauntings, sightings, and cemeteries but my ghost news involves cookies, coloring pages, and bookstores, so gather 'round and read all about it. 

BOOK LAUNCH!

Nothing made me happier than celebrating the launch of How To Make Friends With A Ghost at Parnassus Books. They've been so enthusiastic and supportive of my work, (I just put up a mural in their children's section!) and they were equally avid about my little ghost book and the celebration surrounding it. 

Karen, Steph and I on the day of the launch - I couldn't have done my event without them! 

Karen, Steph and I on the day of the launch - I couldn't have done my event without them! 

My pal, Emily Arrow, who is a serious talent in the children's publishing and music world hosted the event and sang her beautiful ghost song, and I couldn't have done the launch party without her. (I'll be sharing her ghost song and video sooooon so keep your eyes peeled!) 

I love these women! Emily on the left and Steph on the right. I'm in good company! 

I love these women! Emily on the left and Steph on the right. I'm in good company! 

Friends and Books!! 

Friends and Books!! 

Talking about the book!

Talking about the book!

Ghost friends, mud tarts, and earwax truffles!

Ghost friends, mud tarts, and earwax truffles!

Emily sang and the ghost danced!

Emily sang and the ghost danced!

Signing! 

Signing! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the Book Launch - you all made the day so wonderful. Special thank you to the folks at Parnassus, to Emily, and to my husband Matt and my cousin Alex who helped set up! 

ACTIVITIES!

If you came to the launch, then you know Tundra made incredible activity kits for everyone to have, and I also made coloring pages for the littlest ghost lovers. We're happy to share them today with everyone! Download and print Activity Kits HERE and your Coloring Pages HERE. Next week I'll be doing a giveaway, and to enter you'll have to share your finished coloring page, so keep on the lookout for that.

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UPCOMING EVENTS!

GUYS. The second best part about making a book (the first being actually making it) is sharing it with you. I'm happy to announce upcoming bookstore and festival visits, as well as a very special live drawing session. 

+ KALAMAZOO, MI : BOOKBUG BOOKSTORE, Oct. 1 at 2 pm
   3019 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

+ NASHVILLE, TN: HER BOOKSHOP, Oct. 12 at 6 pm
   1043 W Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

+ NASHVILLE, TN: SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, Oct. 15 from 12 pm - 1 pm
   NPL Teen Studio: Manuals for Making Marvelous Kids: Two Picture Books
   With co-panelist Jean Reagan of How to Get Your Teacher Ready
   
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm –  Book Signing at the Colonnade

+ PORTLAND, OR: WORDSTOCK BOOK FESTIVAL, Nov. 11 at 3:30 pm
   Story time hosted by Emily Arrow, Miller Gallery at the Portland Art Museum
  4:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Book Signing with Green Bean Bookstore 

Photo credit: Cocco Photo 

Photo credit: Cocco Photo 

As well as reading to you, I'll be drawing for you too! I'm super excited to share that I'll be doing a facebook live event at the New York Times on October 18 at 3:30 pm EST. Tune in to watch on the New York Times Books Facebook Page! These live events are so cool - I've never done one but I've watched other artists and it's so cool to see them working while folks jump on to ask questions in real time. I've also never been to NY in the Fall so dreams do come true.

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That's it for today's Ghost News! Thanks for reading and I hope to see you at an upcoming event! Like I said, keep a lookout for a coloring giveaway coming soon. And if you and your little ones do the activities, coloring pages, or share the book on Instagram, use the hashtag #howtomakefriendswithaghost and I'll do my best to share! 

Stay spooky my friends!