Book Reading/Exhibition at UNC Chapel Hill

The author and illustrator of I Will Love You Everywhere Always were pleased to have a reading and art exhibition at the Gallery on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus this past fall. Would your organization/gallery like to host a reading and/or art exhibition? Please Contact Us today to discuss availability!

Meet Renee Alexander Craft

Renee Alexander CraftIn, 2008, Renee Alexander Craft lost one of her best friends to breast cancer. Craft says that cancer targets an individual, but when someone has it, that person’s whole community has it. As an act of healing, Craft wrote “I Will Love You Everywhere Always”(2012), to celebrate her friend’s life. Craft has used writing throughout her life as an act of storytelling and survival. She performs this art in both her home state of North Carolina, as well as her second home, Portobelo, Panama. Host Frank Stasio talks with Renee Alexander Craft, an artist, ethnographer and professor of communications studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about her life and work.

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Open Letter to the Community of “I Will Love You Everywhere Always” Supporters

Dear community of “I Will Love You Everywhere Always” supporters,

I hope this letter finds you well.  “I Will Love You Everywhere Always” is thriving because of your generosity and encouragement. Let me catch you up on where we are in our process and when we look forward to sharing the finished project with you.

As I mentioned in the last correspondence of the campaign, your support allowed me to purchase the book’s 17 pieces of original art, the bar code, ISBN number, and pay for initial layout and design work. The book is currently in the hands of BW&A Book Design and Production studio located in Durham NC. After receiving so much positive feedback on the project, I decided to have the book professionally designed by a bookmaker and go through a traditional press rather than pursue the print-on-demand option. Doing so allows me to produce a much more beautiful and durable book, which meets or exceeds the standards of current bookstores and book buyers.

It is a more expensive process, so I will need to continue to fundraise, but the end result will be well worth it. The next round of fundraising will target businesses and organizations. If you have ideas and/or suggestions, please share them.

Taking the advice of talented children’s book author, Kelly Starling Lyons, I wanted to allow the lead time the industry requires in order to have the book reviewed and evaluated by the appropriate agencies. That said, the “promotional” version of “I Will Love You Everywhere Always” will debut in paperback form in April 2012. This version will primarily be targeted to organizations like hospitals, support/counseling agencies, and hospices to purchase in bulk and share as gifts or make available as resource materials to their patrons. The book will officially debut in hardback in October of 2012, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Again, I truly cannot thank you enough for supporting this project. Please keep an eye on your mailboxes and/or inboxes in the coming weeks to receive your “perks” from the Indigogo campaign. As the project to moves forward, I will continue to share updates and information with you as we continue this lovely journey together.

With sincerest gratitude and appreciation,

Renee

Renee Alexander Craft
Email: renee.alexander.craft@gmail.com
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Something To Chew On

A good Saturday for me = Farmer’s Market + Book Store Browsing  (Used and New) + Good Food (including a food truck or two) x QT With Friends and Family. That said, this past Saturday was WONDERFUL! As poet/musician, all-around-great person, Shirlette Ammons (http://www.mosadimusic.blogspot.com) reminded me recently, summer is made for meandering. I had a “summer” Saturday. Like too many of us, so much of my time is spent in front of one kind of screen or another. It is easy to forget how many shades of green there are in the world. . . the pleasure of walking “in the midst of” community instead of blindly “through” them . . . that plates are made by potters who have hands and names. . .  that beets are grown by farmers with deep roots and rich stories . . . that the internet is convenient, but tracing a curious finger spine-to-spine and stack-to-stack amid bookstore smells and eclectic bookstore conversations let’s me jump down the rabbit hole with so much more wonder than google or ping.

My favorite two children’s book finds this weekend were IN GOD’S NAME by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Illustrations by Phoebe Stone. http://www.phoebestone.com/name.htm
and INDESTRUCTIBLES: BOOKS FOR BABIES  http://www.indestructiblesinc.com/

IN GOD’S NAME is an elegant, beautiful, pitch-perfect book about different communities of people coming together to speak the name of God (healer, father, mother, counseling) and trying to come to terms of which (if any) is the “true” name. Read it. Then give it to a special little person to help plant seeds of inclusivity and loving kindness or a special big person to honor difference with humility and grace.

My six month old loves INDESTRUCTIBLES and I love that they really are (for babies anyway). Finally, he has a book that’s made for him to chew, slobber on, pull and scrunch only for me to get to wash it with soapy water to prep for next time. What’s more, the stories are all short, familiar nursery rhymes told in pictures with no words. So, kids can chomp away, and storytellers can remember the tales as told and have fun making up the difference in-between the lines.

Here’s wishing you a week filled with wonderful things to chew on– big ideas and interesting questions no less than yummy local food.

The Day He Leapt Up

for Dwight

No headline
No flag flown half-mast,
Upside down
Or folded
No womb in the ground
No box
No body

A resonate croak startles the air
Like a Jack breaking free
At first crack of light

Beet colored leaves
Dive from their trees
In courageous departure–
Turning
Like pages
Quivering
Like breath
Falling
in slow motion
Like
Love

A bullfrog
Willful and elegant
Winks in the distance
Tenses his haunches and
Leaps