The only thing better than fan mail is fan plush! Huge thanks to Stephanie S for sending this delightful dumpling my way!
Okay, so this isn’t news exactly, but it’s still a very important question!
Need to expand your library of books about pet adoption? Pragmatic Mom has featured my mini list with some of my "adopt, don't shop" faves. PLUS, you can enter a draw to win your own copy of Luis and Tabitha!
The big day is here: Luis and Tabitha is out in the world! You can find it at your favourite bookshop and online - or order it in to your library.
Since we're all about "adopt, don't shop" here, we've wrangled a pet-friendly deal: if you order through this special link you'll save 25% on your order PLUS 15% will be donated to the Oregon Humane Society.
Illustrator Hollie Mengert and I will be signing at events throughout Washington and Oregon over the next few weeks. If you'd like to come say hi, you can check out the event listing here.
Thank you so much for your support!
The big day is finally (almost) here! Luis and Tabitha launches tomorrow at Barnes & Noble Tanasbourne in Beaverton, OR.
I'll be reading, signing, leading a craft session and handing out cat party bags (yes, really)! If you're a local, stop by to join in on the fun!
If not, you can find Luis and Tabitha at your favourite local shop, or order it through your library.
Stay tuned for more events updates!
Exciting news! Familius Books is hosting a special sales event to coincide with NBC’s “Clear the Shelters” event. On August 18, 40% of proceeds from the sales of Luis and Tabitha from Familius.com will be donated to the Oregon Humane Society.
OHS is close to my heart, as it's where I adopted my cat Bunbury - the very kitty who inspired Luis and Tabitha.
I'm delighted to announce that Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky has acquired my picture book Very Lulu, about a free-spirited black Lab who flunks (in the best possible way) out of the K9 Unit School. Jessica Gibson will illustrate.
Huge thanks to both Annie and my incredible agent Kira Watson for making it happen!
New book news! My folktale The Five Sisters will be published by Familius in Autumn 2019. Thanks to Kira Watson of Emma Sweeney Agency for making it happen!
Quite lovely, isn't it? (Psst, it's also available for pre-order!)
New book news! My picture book Luis and Tabitha, about an alley cat's extraordinary efforts to win over the owner of the indoor cat he loves, will be published by Familius in 2018. Fellow PNW-based creative Hollie Mengert will be illustrating. Stay tuned for updates!
Nothing to read this summer (or winter, for my compatriots Downunder)?
The SCWBI has put together a whopping list of books that'll single-handedly break your library budget. The Ugly Dumpling's on it, so clearly it's a well curated list.
The fine booksellers at Powell's also agree:
Greg and Sarah of Funemployment Radio! were brave enough to have me on their show. We discussed puns, the Green Card lottery and driving on the wrong side of the road. Oh, and my book. The mischief starts around minute 23.
The Ugly Dumpling has been travelling far and wide down the West Coast of the US leaving hilarity, horrible puns and temporary tattoos (and hopefully the odd real one) in its wake.
If you want to grab a signed copy, you can swing by:
Vroman's, Pasadena CA
Powell's, Portland OR
Broadway Books, Portland OR
Green Apple Books, San Francisco CA
Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco CA
City Lights Books, San Francisco CA
The Ugly Dumpling's launch date is looming, so keep an eye out at your local bookshops and libraries for this delightful piece of whimsy.
Alternatively, if you're a Portland local or like the idea of a road trip, swing by Powell's at 11am on Saturday the 9th for the official launch. I'll be reading and signing stuff, there'll be dumpling-themed temporary tattoos, and you get to go to Powell's. Not bad, in all.
The Ugly Dumpling is going to be doing the rounds on a host of spiffy blogs, including the following:
The NCBLA was after recommendations for its Great Reads campaign, so I thought I'd do some promo for fellow Aussie author Shaun Tan. Given he's won just about every award under the sun, including an Oscar and an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Shaun probably doesn't need my help, but still. That's what mates are for. You can read the write-up over here.