Live on Zoom! Staying Creative and Finding Inspiration During Stressful Times, with Kathryn Thurman, Trudi Trueit, Jing Jing Tsong, Barbara Davis Pyles, and Dana Sullivan

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Join five local authors and illustrators as they discuss their process, how they've stayed creative during the pandemic, and of course...their new books!


Kathryn Thurman is a writer and fine artist. Her first picture book A Garden for Pig was featured on Smithsonian's website as one of the top ten children's books about food. When she's not writing or painting, she's growing all kinds of vegetables and hanging out with her family and their pug, who wears wheels.


Trudi Trueit has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction. Her love of writing began in fourth grade, when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play. She went on to be a TV news reporter and weather forecaster, but she knew her calling was in writing. Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences, and her fiction novels include The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular, and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Her expertise in kids nonfiction encompasses books on history, weather, wildlife, and earth science. She is the author of all the narratives for the Explorer Academy series, beginning with Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. Trueit was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Everett, Washington.


Jing Jing Tsong's debut picture book, A Bucket of Blessings, written by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal, was a New York Times bestseller. She is well-known for her multilayered, textured illustrations in books like Trees, Before We Met, and Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear. A musician and surfer as well as an artist, she lives on an island in Washington State.


Barbara Davis-Pyles, author of Grizzly Boy and Stubby the Fearless Squid, has written hundreds of fiction and nonfiction pieces for the children's education market. In addition to her curriculum-based work, she helped create A Day in the Meadow (with composer Frederick Frahm), a pipe organ demonstrator for children (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2006). When Barbara's not writing, she can be found hiking, biking, or packing for a road trip. She lives in the northwest corner of Washington State with her family.


Dana Sullivan grew up in Southern California drawing on every piece of paper he could find. He now teaches picture book and graphic novel classes near Seattle, where he lives with his wife and two dogs.


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