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

Dear Friends of Sparky,

Hi, we're closing in on Summer and I have been very busy! My Reading & Signing at the Washington Accelerated Elementary School in Pasadena last month was fantastic!  Special thanks to Adriana Rosales who set the whole thing up with stage, microphone and posters all over the school!  I read for 800 kids in two large groups. K through 3rd then 4th through 6th Graders.  The kids had a lot of great questions during the Q & A and everyone had a wonderful time (photos posted on My Blog). 

I now have 3 dates scheduled at Barnes & Noble Booksellers around Los Angeles with more locations booking soon.  I am developing a great relationship with this company and involving Sparky the Wonderfish in various charity and outreach programs. 

I am also 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.  The project is aimed toward the educational wants and needs of the children effected by these disasters, i.e. schools, libraries and hospitals.  I plan to raise enough money to donate a check to rebuild at least one new green school and library along the Gulf Coast.

I hope this Newsletter finds everyone well and l'll keep you posted with updates as they develop...

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Talk soon,
Gillian & Sparky


Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Reading and Signing The Grove LA! 
(Sunday, June 14th 3:00PM)

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A couple of months ago The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) President, Co-President, Chair and Co-Chair had a meeting with the Community Relations Manager from Barnes & Noble Booksellers at The Grove to discuss a partnership. Our first collaboration will be an event at The Grove location June 13th (7-9pm) & 14th (3-5pm). GLAWS will be featuring 20 authors.

Gillian is the chair of the GLAWS Booksellers Committee for these upcoming events. News for this event, other authors featured and their specific signing times will be posted at http://www.glaws.org

3:00PM Sunday, June 14th 2009
 

*Gillian is the 1st Author to Read & Sign Sunday at 3:00PM
*Sparky the Wonderfish is on shelves NOW @ The Grove!

*Please come!  Bring your kids for all the FUN! (The book pages will be projected on a big screen for the audience),
Ten time Emmy Award Winning cameraman, Jim Velarde, will be videotaping Gillian reading and signing
Sparky the Wonderfish, as well as shooting footage of the kids COLORING and taping TESTIMONIALS for the web. 

Help make it a GREAT EVENT at one of the largest, most prestigious Barnes & Noble Bookstores in the nation!


Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Gove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

Store Hours 9-11 Every Day
Contact:  Jon Directo, Community Relations Manager
crm2089@bn.com


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Barnes & Noble Booksellers 
    Reading and Signing in Orange!  
(Saturday, July 11th 11:00AM )

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Gillian has been booked to Read and Sign Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Orange.  As usual there will be Sparky stickers given away FREE and a Sparky COLORING PAGE session with the kids after the reading and signing. 

11:00AM Saturday, July 11th 2009

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
791 S Main St
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 558-0028

Open Daily 9am-11pm

Contact: Victoria Schmidt, Customer Relations Manager

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Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Reading and Signing Long Beach CA!  
(Saturday, August 22nd 2:00PM)

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Gillian has been booked to Read and Sign Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Long Beach.  As usual there will be Sparky stickers given away FREE and a Sparky COLORING PAGE session with the kids after the reading and signing.

2:00PM Saturday, August 22nd 2009

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Long Beach Marina Pacifica Mall
6326 East Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90803
United States
562-431-2253

Open Daily 9am-11pm

Contact: Michelle Williams, Manager

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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 Amazon.com, Borders Bookstores and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.


Sincerely,
 

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  Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Pico Blvd and at The Grove.

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

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

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Gove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Ph: 323-525-0270


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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! 

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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!