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Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic
Written & Illustrated by Gillian Lee Hutshing
Sparky  Events  Newsletter    April  2009!

Dear Friends of Sparky,

Happy Spring!  I have been very busy and didn't send out a Newsletter in March.  March was mostly setting up and confirming April through June events... I am working on my "Sparky the Wonderfish Gulf Coast Hope & Literacy Tour" taking my children's book "Sparky The Wonderfish" and using this "story of how love creates magic" to help rebuild the Gulf Coast disaster areas, aimed towards the educational wants and needs of the children effected by these disasters i.e. schools, libraries, hospitals.  I am joining forces with my friend Joanie, artistic director for an internationally owned private school on the central coast. She is also interested in environmental and political issues facing children ages 3 to 15.  Her brother Don lives on the Gulf Coast and is helping us connect with the right people.  We are in the process of researching the stops we will make and what the needs are as far as books and supplies.  We are also pursuing print and media attention to support our efforts.  We may even get the LA Lakers involved.  Joanie and I will be traveling to the Gulf Coast sometime soon to do "boots on the ground" research.  We are looking for sponsors, so if anyone knows a company who would be interested or you yourself would like to contribute, we appreciate all the help we can get.  My goal is to renew interest and get peoples lives back on track - it's been messed up for too long!!!

Talk soon,
Gillian & Sparky

2 Signings at the LA Times Festival of Books!  (Sat & Sun April 25, 26)


One of the largest book festivals in the country is here in L.A.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA:

Gillian will be a Featured Author & Title at Booth #631
SATURDAY April 25th (12-2PM) & SUNDAY April 26th (2-4PM)

UCLA Main Campus
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Gillian will be Featured & Signing at GLAWS Booth: #631

Saturday, April 25th - from 12:00PM until 2:00PM
Sunday, April 26th - from 2:00PM until 4:00PM

Tickets are free!
Tickets will be availble on April 19 through
They are needed for indoor panel and speaker sessions.

Parking on UCLA lots is $9.
Shuttle bus services will take you to all main festival entrances.Admission to the Festival of Books is FREE
Parking is $9.00

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Reading at The Washington Accelerated Elementary  School!  
(Thurs. April 30th)

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Gillian has been booked to Read and Sign Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic at the Washington Accelerated Elementary School in Pasadena, CA. Grades Pre-K through 5 on Thursday, April 30th, 2009.  Although most of Washington Accelerated Elementary School's over 800 students come from low income families, their true wealth lies in their outgoing personalities and their motivation to succeed.  Washington students are supported by an outstanding faculty and dedicated staff.

Time to be determined...
Thursday, April 30th 2009

Washington Accelerated Elementary School
1520 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Principal: Karrone Meeks-Clark

Contact: Adriana Rosales, Library Coordinator
626-396-5840 Tuesday and Thursday
626-396-5790 Wednesday and Friday
626-376-5608 cell

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Reading & Signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers The Grove location!  
(June 13th, 14th)

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Gillian is the Chair of the Booksellers Events for The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS). President, co-president, chair and co-chair had a meeting with the Community Relations Manager, Matt Lohr from Barnes & Noble Booksellers Grove location to discuss a partnership.  Our first collaboration will be an event at The Grove location in Los Angeles June 13 & 14.  Gillian is the chair of the Booksellers Committee for these upcoming events and we hope to book one event per location per month...

Saturday June 13 beginning at 7:00PM
Sunday June 14 beginning at 3:00PM

*Specific Author Times Each Day Pending

The Gove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Store Hours 9-11 Every Day
Contact:  Matt Lohr

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Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic

Schools and libraries can purchase this heartwarming and engaging book at a discount from BookSurge Publishing by contacting their ordering department at 866-308-6235 (select option 6).  Bookstores and libraries order as a wholesaler by contacting Baker & Taylor distributors at 800-775-3700. 

'Sparky the Wonderfish' is also available through, Borders Bookstores and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.


Gillian Lee Hutshing &
Sparky the Wonderfish
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"The illustrations in Sparky the Wonderfish are a knock-out.  They have a childlike charm and simplicity and a luminescence.  This is a very sweet story that will appeal to a wide range of young readers, many of whom have been nose-to-nose with the feeder fish tank at the pet shop.  and the fact that this is based on a true story only makes it more appealing..."

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"I enjoyed Sparky a lot, good fun, and my daughter likes it too."

- Mike B. Anderson, Supervising Director, The Simpsons

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 "Your delightful, charming book 'Sparky the Wonderfish' is heartwarming and sure to delight..." 

- Jerry and Esther Hicks, Abraham-Hicks Publications

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President Obama has said he wants to invite groups of kids to The White House for children's book readings to help encourage literacy in the US. So I sent a Sparky the Wonderfish: A Story of How Love Creates Magic book and a letter to both President Obama and to The Honorable Al Gore, saying I am very interested in being a part of these efforts!

I got a letter back from the Honorable Al Gore, you can see it on My Blog, my hero knows my name!

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The Perfect Gift!

Buy a copy of "Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic" for someone you love!  It's on shelves Now at The Barnes & Noble on Pico Blvd.

In fact, the autographed copies from my signing SOLD OUT and have now been restocked, so there are more Sparky books on shelves NOW!!!

Location:  Westside Pavilion
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
10850 W. Pico Blvd.
LA, CA 90064
Ph:  310-475-3138

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On A Side Note...

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With dreams of supplementing my income to continue writing books and participate in events related to that, I have begun my own business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.  I am really enjoying it and of course I need practice demonstrating the products and attracting clients! 

Mary Kay has products for men and women...  Everything is 100% guaranteed returnable or exchangeable. Mary Kay is rated #1 amongst all other cosmetic companies on the market!

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I truly appreciate your support in all of my efforts, THANK YOU!

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...And NO I haven't left the film industry, I am just adding layers of things to my life that I enjoy!