Watt is Reading Local at Point Grey Library

As part of the Read Local campaign, I will be reading The Girl Who Writes and The Boy Who Paints to an enthusiastic audience at Point Grey Library in Vancouver.

Join us on April 15th at 1:30 as we talk about crafting these books and sending them out into the world.

For more information on Read Local events, see http://books.bc.ca/read-local-bc/



Alberta Bound with The Girl Who Writes!

We are bound for Alberta on Friday, to tour bookstores in Calgary and to officially launch The Girl Who Writes at Canada House Gallery in Banff on Saturday, November 8th between 1:00 and 3:00.  We will be doing a presentation and reading at 2:00.  Families are welcome.

What does Richard’s painting of an owl have to do with our new children’s book on writing and the importance of choosing great words?

Lots, in fact.  As we worked on the design vocabulary of the new book, and tried to think what a perceptive young woman in early-twentieth century rural Canada might see around her in the river and in the town she was familiar with, we knew we needed to include a beaver.  Richard drew one, then we decided it needed to be a smart little critter, so he made sure he was reading.

This process of considering and drawing wildlife for our new book put Richard on the path to painting giant portraits of wildlife — hence the owl. It also puts me in mind of something The Girl says:

I know that with a bit of ink and 26 letters, I can make new worlds.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Canada House this weekend! Here’s the link.  http://www.canadahouse.com/dynamic/exhibit_artist.asp?ExhibitID=273

Richard Cole: New Paintings

Artist and children’s book designer Richard Cole has been busy this summer — painting people close to him, and journeying into landscape through acrylics.  The featured image is a new painting: Prairie, 2014 — and its reminiscent of the one he used for the last page of our new book, The Girl Who Writes.  It’s a stunning page — one of my all-time-favourites.  It makes me want to leap out of my chair — and then sit down again and write.

He has also been making movies of the evolution of his paintings.  See one here www.colestudio.ca.

But that’s not all — he has revived and improved our beloved Boy Who Paints site (see it here at http://boywhopaints.ca/wp/) and is painting feverishly to get ready for his fall and winter shows.


Nice Poster! Festival of the Book

We have been busy getting ready for the festival and excited about welcoming book lovers to our town. We are especially excited about reading our new book, The Girl Who Writes, to a crowd for the first time. It has something for everyone: stunning paintings of the Fraser River (oops, Richard doesn’t like to name places in his paintings so specifically), visual references to history, and plenty to see for all ages.  We worked hard to craft the words and tell a story that we know will have a long life.

Stay tuned for an updated schedule of events.