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Monday, August 16, 2010

Drum City at Books of Wonder

Howdy Folks,
It's been so busy around here and I have missed blogging, but we have been having
such fun with some new books that are out and about."Drum City", by my friend, the beautiful
and talented Thea Guidone was released in June 2010.
We finally had the chance to meet at a book signing we did together this past weekend
at NYC's famous, Books of Wonder on 18th Street
between 5 and 6th Ave. It was a very touching moment for Thea and I. It is often said that
some publisher don't want authors and illustrators to talk while doing a book. I was
all to happy and thrilled to meet Thea finally. She is wonderful! The book signing was great!
A good time was had by all. I got to meet some famous
people and I want to share it all with you.
Here is Thea the author of "Drum City"

Ms Rhode Levine the fabulous author of" Three Ladies Beside the Sea"

Mr. Bob Shea author/illustrator of "Race up to Bed and Oh Daddy"
Last but certainly not least and a very cool Dude,
the talented, funny, and musical Mr. Jef Czekaj
author/illustrator of "Hip and Hop Don't Stop"
This is Thea and Jef together.
It was my great honor to sit with all these talented people who are gifted yet very humble.
Books of Wonder has a fabulous staff. Meet Allan one of the wonderful sales people at
the store. He is so knowledgeable and hilarious! Thank Allan for all your help!

They are all ready to help you find the books of
your dreams and I do mean dreams!! There is nothing like it. Every kind of book you can
imagine will found in this very magical place. If you are a budding illustrator or writer or
perhaps you are a seasoned professional, if you can, take a magical trip to
Books of Wonder and sit a while. You are in for a great adventure!!!


Ces Adorio said...

Vanessa, I heard you sing, your beautiful voice! TSUP! TSUP!!! Everyone in the photos look so happy. I am so happy my sisterfriend Vanessa is a superstar! I am still jealous that I was not in Jersey when you "partayed" with the princess! TSUP! TSUP!!!

Bella Sinclair said...


Who's she calling a princess????

PEOPLE, LISTEN UP! This book is FLIPPIN FANTASTIC! There is so much joy and rhythm and animation coming out of these pages. A wonderful and BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED book. Vanessa, you gave this so much life. You are one incredibly talented, generous, beautiful, and loving human. I am SOOOOOO proud to call you my friend!!!!

Dangit, where's my paper bag!

bee said...

The book looks wonderful - I must get my hands on a copy! Congrats, how very exciting :)

TheaG said...

Such a pleasure to meet you, Vanessa, and your beautiful family, too. A day I shall always treasure.

You are radiant and full of life, just like all those joyful Drum City kids!

Many, many thanks for your brilliant work.

Lots & lots of love!

Eve said...

Vanessa, this sounded like a fantastic time. And where's the picture of you? :D Congratulations on the book and meeting those great folks there.

And thank you for sharing this event with us :D

k.h.whitaker said...

How wonderful and exciting! I am soooooo happy for you! You are on a roll!!! I hope you are enjoying every moment of it. You deserve all good things. :) Hugs!!!

Shirley said...

YAYYYYY for you, Vanessa!!! This is a wonderfully happy post. I love it. You sound absolutely great and on fire about your projects and this fantastic book signing event. I wish I was closer, I'd have been there! I'm happy to see your sweet visit - thank you, my friend for your generous words...they mean a TON to me you know!! I am working diligently on a promo hope to share that with you at some point..boy I hope it doesn't take as long as the website! Ha! Anyhoo..the girls started school today, so I'm hoping to paint amongst the design projects at take good care! I'm loving that you had some awesome times this summer, I can feel it! : ) Hugs to you!

2 Geechee Girls said...

I love that you are loved so sincerely by more than me. I makes my heart swell with pride and peace that you are well thought of, well loved and doing well in deed. I say, thank you to everyone in my big sister V's art community! Your continued support and appreciation are priceless!!!!

Tamara Henderson said...

It sound like you had a wonderful time! This another book I need to add to my collection.

rmsmi said...

You guys did a great job on the book! It's awesome! Way to go! It looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren Castillo said...

Congratulations, Vanessa! I'm so sad I did not know about the event! I would have loved to come meet you...
Really glad it was a wonderful time!:)

MrBibleHead said...

Wow Vanessa! So cool! Your book looks so delightful! I'm going to have to get my hands on a copy. I love your work and style. I was hoping to see a picture of your smiling face along with these other "famous" people. You fit right in! i wish I lived closer. I surely would've stop by. God bless.

Lisa M Griffin said...

What fun and so cool for you to share this fabulous event with us all. Would love to see more of you at the event too... more pics to come?
Hope your summer is going well, what is left of it. Feel the changes in the air around here already. ;)

Eric Barclay said...

Can't wait to read it! So glad you had an awesome day.

Debra Keirce said...

You hang with some VERY creative folks!

Dear Fireflies said...

Little ladybug is SO proud of her onee-san!!! You are such an inspiration, V. (^_^) oxx

Heather said...

Wow, that's so fun! What a great oppotunity for you and Thea. I will have to go to Books of Wonder next time I'm in the city!
Vanessa, good for you, you are so talented!

Ana M.F. said...

This is so cool. It must have been a great experience. Congratulations!!!
The cover looks brilliant :)

donny* said...

it's good being busy, isn't it? and now, can i just say: wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow and WOW!. i've been there, it must have been just a brilliantly fantastic day. congratulations 1000x over. i can't wait to see the book!

and your cinderella? can i get one more wow in? WOW!

Ann Pilicer said...

Vanessa, that is so wonderful. You looked amazing and your singing did shine. How beautiful.
I went to NYC recently with my family and I went to strand and I was so thrilled when I saw your book Drum City. I just read it to my 5 yr old girl last night. The illustrations are brillant and she could not stop pointing out all the faces and how excited she was.
You should be so proud of yourself I know I am of you.
You brighten our world with your kindness and light that you are able to capture on page.
Best always and Congrats on all your books and New ones on the way!

jazzlamb said...

What an awesome bunch of people! I'd love to do stuff like that! The Drum City cover looks SO LOVELY! I wish it was at a higher res so I could see the details:/ Anyway, great stuff!