Sunday, September 30, 2018

3 picture books for adults chosen by Leanne Dyck

Illustrated books aren't just for children. Here are some of my favourite reads--that creatively combine words with pictures.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Written by Richard Bach
Photographs by Russell Munson
Published by Avon Books
Publishing date:  January 1973
127 pages

A classic. It's a story about a seagull, but Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary seagull. 
'For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.'

The Tattooed Map
Barbara Hodgson 
Published in Canada by Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd.
Published in 1995
(no page numbers are given)

'A traveler to North Africa is shocked to discover that the mysterious marks on her hand have developed into a detailed and macabre map spreading across her skin. In The Tattooed Map, we follow Lydia's journal entries as she becomes increasingly drawn into the mystery of the map traced over her body. When Lydia disappears and her traveling partner, Christopher, takes up her journal, the situation becomes even more puzzling--until the book's bizarre resolution.'

 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer
Published by Mariner Books
Published in 2005
Houghton Mifflin Company
 326 pages

'Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhiliarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.'
My review 


And newly released by Penguin Random House 
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
48 pages
'An illustrated book on the refugee crisis.'

'Dementia-friendly' picture books
so cool!

A Brief History of Book Illustration

Why I Write Graphic Nonfiction by Jonathan Hennessey

photo by ldyck

On this blog in October...

Sunday, October 7 
A Writer's Journey (short story)
This blog wouldn't exist without your support, dear reader. So it's appropriate that the blog anniversary is so close to Thanksgiving. I wrote this short story to celebrate our 8th year anniversary. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, October 14
Canada's Best Books 2018 (list)
The Man Booker, G.G., Rogers trust, the Giller... It's award season. One of the most exciting times of the year to be a reader of books by Canadian authors. So what are the best books in Canada? 

Sunday, October 21
Art Class (short story)
What's it like to be a twelve-year-old student with an undiagnosed learning disability?

Sunday, October 28 
Book review:  Super! by Jennifer Chen (middle-grade novel)
magical realism

'Abby' photo by ldyck

Sharing my author journey...

This summer I took a break from submitting manuscripts, but now

it's fall. And so have I sent any manuscripts lately?

Yes, this September I sent four. 

A far cry from March's 20, but it does feel good to be back on that horse.