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Get to Know the Stars of Geis!
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In the first in Alexis Deacon’s epic supernatural historical trilogy, Geis : A Matter of Life and Death, the story begins as the chief matriarch is drawing her last breath… but who will be worthy to follow on her rule? Fifty souls are summoned in the night, and so begins the first task of their extraordinary trial… Here Alexis introduces some of the key players of this incredible adventure.

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Nemas – The youngest of three brothers from an influential family, Nemas is accustomed to being last in the pecking order.  When the contest begins he is surprised to find that he has talents few others possess.  With the possibility of stepping out from his brothers’ shadow at last within his reach, Nemas is determined to prove himself worthy.  But just how far is he prepared to go to do it?

Niope – A supreme master of a long forgotten art, Niope is a Sorceress of Death.  Where she came from and who she is remains a mystery, but this much is clear: she is a formidable force.  Niope has promised to run the contest to find the island’s new chief but in truth she will respect no power but her own.

Io – The daughter of the Kite Lord, a high commander in Chief Matarka’s army.  Io is surprised to find that she and not her father has been summoned to the contest.  Though small and inoffensive to look at, Io is far from weak. She is resourceful, well trained in her father’s craft and compassionate to a fault.  Even Niope is impressed.  Io may well be the strongest contestant but is she strong enough to save the others from the danger that threatens them all?  Can she overcome the sorceress by herself?

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Ben – An experienced member of Chief Matarka’s court, Ben is a shrewd politician and a skilled orator.  Time and experience have made him cynical of government, however.  Now he cares for little outside of his home, his children and his loving wife.

Nelson – A man of science and medicine, Nelson has a great reverence for all living things, knowing how slender the are threads that bind them to this world.  He is strong willed, knowledgeable, kind and a good friend to all who know him well.

Eloise – What survives of the ancient craft of magic is practised by wizards like Eloise.  She is not as powerful or as learned as the sorceress but she should not be underestimated.  Though Eloise may appear bluff and impassive, she has a great heart and would lay down her life if those she loved were in danger.

Artur – The chief accountant of Matarka’s court, Artur has not seen much of the world outside his office in many a long year.  When he was a young man he served in the army before adopting a sensible, reliable trade as his father advised.  Content to dream of secret liaisons with the kitchen maids and count the pennies piling up, Artur thought the days of action had long since passed him by.  But now a new danger has come, throwing everything he cares for into peril.  Does even the smallest ember still remain of the distant fires of youth?

If that has whet your appetite for more, get your hands on a copy of the Sunday Times Book of the Week now!

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Fantasy Sports 2 Party!
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Los Angeles, CA –

It’s party time!  Wiz and Mug are back for another amazing adventure, and Secret Headquarters is ready to celebrate with none other than Sam Bosma, creator of Fantasy Sports.  Don’t miss your chance to hang out at one of the best comic shops in Los Angeles with one of the most exciting cartoonists out there!  Drinks, new books, and your own signed copy of Fantasy Sports 2 – What more could you need??

FANTASY SPORTS VOL 2 RELEASE PARTY
FRIDAY, JULY 29th
BEGINNING AT 7pm

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3817 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
 


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Storytime with Keith Negley at Powell’s!
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Portland, OR–
Gather round, everyone!  Powell’s City of Books is hosting a special Kids’ Storytime with the one and only Keith Negley!

This Saturday, Keith will be reading from his latest picture book: the stirring, funny, and sweet My Dad Used to Be so Cool.  Follow along with Keith as he tells you about a tattooed dad with a rock star past, and find out the heart-warming reason behind why he decided to give it all up.

Afterwards, be sure to stick around for your chance to get your book signed by Keith!

Kids’ Storytime with Keith Negley
Saturday, July 16 @ 11:00 AM
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209


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An Adventure in Orlando with William Grill!
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Orlando, FL –
At the end of last month the ALA Annual and the ABA Children’s Institute welcomed the award-winning artist William Grill for a week of panels, signings, and fun at their annual shows!  William sent over some pics of the cool things he was up to during his visit to Orlando and we thought you might want to take a look:

wgALA1Here’s William hard at work at one of his signings, carefully drawing in a copy of his newest book The Wolves of Currumpaw.  The lines to get to William’s table were pretty long, but he made sure to say hi to everyone and send them off with a quick sketch.

wgALA6One of the perks of being a renowned author and illustrator is meeting all of the dedicated readers from around the world.  Here’s William spending time with a young lady excited about her growing collection of William’s work.

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wgALA3But it wasn’t all panels and meet-and-greets.  Here he is up to a bit of mischief outside of the WonderWorks Museum of Orlando, which we’ve just learned has Laser Tag.  If only we’d known sooner!

wgALA4William got into a bit of trouble on this mini golf course, but fortunately for him, he’s as skilled in the art of negotiation and charm as he is with a coloured pencil.

wgALA5Adventure can be found anywhere!  At least that what William was shouting before he found himself trapped in this backhoe.

All in all, it was a very fun and very busy week for us at ALA and the Children’s Institute!  We were so lucky to meet so many brilliant authors and fans at these wonderful shows!

Thanks so much to ALA and the Children’s Institute, as well as the beautiful city of Orlando for having us!
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Here’s a message from William:

Stepping out of the airport I was instantly greeted by the warm Orlando air, reminding me that it was Summer, something that I’d forgotten about back in London. Like the weather, the librarians, booksellers, and illustrators I came across all greeted me with the same warmth and enthusiasm.

It was a pleasure to chat to people from all over the country that had come together to get excited about new books. As an illustrator you rarely get to meet the people who actually help promote your work through shops and libraries, without them we’d be stuffed!

Having made a book that is rooted in American culture I’m glad I could make a connection with people of the same background, especially those that live near New Mexico and have heard of the story.

The most memorable part of the trip was discussing how to make books more appealing for reluctant readers with illustrators as well as librarians. This is what really drives me to keep making books and seeing what you can do with the format. It’s encouraging that the US is conscious of this, and it’s something I hope to continue being a part of.

Lastly, it might look fun to pretend you’re being scooped up by an excavator bucket but those things are ridiculously dirty, be warned.


For more on The Wolves of Currumpaw, be sure to check out our webshop!
Also, don’t forget to check out The Wall Street Journal’s review and Publishers Weekly’s interview with William!


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CALLING ALL ILLUSTRATORS! The Timberyard Ilustration Award is open for entries!
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Pencils at the ready, we’ve a very exciting competition to announce! We’ve teamed up with the coffee maestros at Timberyard to give you a chance to show your work at their inaugural Art Exhibition. This is a brilliant opportunity for your work to be a part of a exhibition in a busy Central London coffee shop… and as if that wasn’t enough, you could also win a selection of Nobrow books worth £100!

A few words from our friends at Timberyard-
“A show of vibrant contrasts and stimulating styles within three categories, each shown in adjoining rooms at TY Seven Dials in Covent Garden, Central London. The inaugural TY Art Exhibition will provide a platform to display artworks in a variety of mediums, formats and genres by amateur and emerging or established contemporary artists.

The TY Art Exhibition is a concept conceived and curated by Joe Faulkner, a barista by trade but also a talented photographer, who wants to encourage people from all backgrounds to engage and take part in art and photography at any level.  TY is excited to collaborate with Hotshoe Magazine and Nobrow Press who will both be lending their professional guidance and gifting competition prizes this year.”

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SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

For the first round of the selection process, amateur artists are asked to submit a digital image of their artwork online. For the next stage of the application process judges will shortlist entries for exhibition in The Communal Space and The Ground Floor at TY Seven Dials.  The exhibit will be on public view for a period of 6 months (when not in private use).  Submissions open on 1 June 2016 and the deadline for entry submissions is 31 July 2016. Finalists will be selected and the winner will be determined w/c 22 August 2016. Artists will be contacted and asked to deliver ‘exhibition ready’ artworks between 22-29 August 2016. Hanging will commence on 29 August 2016 in time for launch and Special Preview on 1 Sept 2016.

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The Prize
All shortlisted artwork will be hung as part of the new TY Art Exhibition (you will need to supply exhibition ready, printed and framed artwork). The exhibition will be on public display for a period of 6 months in The Communal Space and The Ground Floor at TY Seven Dials. All shortlisted artists will be invited to join us at the Special Preview on 1 Sept 2016.

We are also gifting this awesome selection of Nobrow books to the winning artist!

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To enter the NOBROW ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION:
Send us your entry by email (details below)
Email: exhibition@tyuk.com
Subject: The NOBROW ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION
Attach: a photo or scan of your illustration. Supporting text may be included if desired – please attach as a word document and limit text to a maximum of 500 words.
Please include: your full name, profession and age. Image be saved with file name in the following format Firstname_Lastname e.g (james_blogs) using Photoshop file ‘save for web’ and saved 900px on the longest side.
FREE TO ENTER. Maximum 3 entries per person.

GOOD LUCK!!

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Marcel’s Guide to New York!

Hello friends!

By now you’ve probably already been introduced to Marcel, our favourite New York pup!  He loves to go for walks with his human, checking out the sights and sounds of his beloved neighbourhood.  Did you know a lot of the best spots in Marcel’s city are based on real places in New York?  Here are five, real-life locations that inspired scenes from Eda Akaltun‘s Marcel.

1- American Museum of Natural History 

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AMNH has an iconic dinosaur exhibit at its entrance hall, a dramatic representation of an imagined prehistoric encounter: a Barosaurus rearing up to protect its young from an attacking Allosaurus. The Barosaurus skeleton, which is the tallest freestanding dinosaur mount in the world, is composed of replica bones cast from actual fossils.

Entering the museum to see and maybe even taste those bones is Marcel’s biggest dream, one that he imagines will never come true as dogs are not allowed. When the new human manages to sneak him in, Marcel ends up having one of the best days in his life and the event changes the course of their relationship for the better.

2- West Village

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This is Marcel’s home with his human. He feels safe and loves it here, and gives the reader all the reasons why it’s so great in their area. He particularly likes that there are no high rises around and the abundance of activities that are available.

3- Doggy Day Spa, inspired by Biscuits and Bath

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Marcel is a very particular pup who loves the high life – he enjoys smoked salmon and listens to jazz! It’s only natural that he needs pampering spa days like the rest of us and his favourite one happens to be in downtown naturally.

4- Ruff and Sons (in real life: Sadelle’s – this is where the photo was taken. The name was inspired from a NY institution Russ & Daughters)

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Only the finest nosh for this pup! He loves this spot and introduces it to the reader as the best bagels in the city. The human happens to agree as she’s leaving it with a bag full of goodies!

5- Washington Square Park

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Ahh the Washington Square Park! This is where Marcel’s favourite jazz band ‘The Bone Daddies’ play. It’s also one of the best and most iconic parks downtown and has a great dog play area.

New York city has inspired countless artists, and we hope that Marcel inspires you to see the beauty of your own neighbourhood!
Be sure to check out the rest of Marcel’s adventures in Eda Akaltun’s Marcel, available now in our webshop!

And who knows where this adorable pup’s adventures will take him next…

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Get Smart About Sharks with Owen Davey!
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Did you know that sharks can detect electrical currents from other creatures? Or that some are covered in loads of tiny little tassels? Owen Davey demystifies these boneless fish in his beautiful new book, Smart About Sharks. This week is Shark Week, so to celebrate this and the release of his book, we asked our new shark expert, Owen Davey to share the favourite facts he learned putting it together!

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1. The largest shark to have ever lived (the Megalodon) is thought to have been 16-18 meters long and weighed the same as 30 Great White Sharks.

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2. Sharks can detect heartbeats using their Ampullae of Lorenzini (freckle-like dots on a shark’s nose),

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3. Sharks can’t chew. They have to swallow their prey whole, crush it, or bite chunks off.

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4. The Epaulette shark can actually walk on land using its fins.

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5. Sand tiger sharks gulp in air and store it in their stomachs so that they can float just above the ocean floor silently and sneak up on prey.

Dive right into this underwater world and grab a copy of the book here!