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

Dear Friends of Sparky,

Hello-
I hope everyone is having a lovely summer!  Since last month, I have had a lot of great feedback and new event bookings!  The Barnes & Noble Booksellers reading & signing in Orange went very well.  (Photos on My Blog). They have extended an invitation for me to return for a book fair at the end of this year! 

I was also booked by a children's clothing store in Burbank, CA, Totz Only to read and sign Sparky the Wonderfish,  Also on SALE Sparky T-Shirts, Bookbags, Creepers, Bibs etc. Thursday, August 20, 11:00AM!!!

I am still working on my corporate sponsorship proposal and government grant for my "Sparky the Wonderfish Hope & Literacy Tour" in New Orleans, using this "story of how love creates magic" to help rebuild hope & literacy along the New Orleans 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 am planning a Concert Fundraiser to conclude my tour in New Orleans, which will raise money to build at least one new green school and library. And I will leave behind an agenda, mentoring students to read & write at that school and library!

Please check out my upcoming events.  I hope to see you there!!!

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Talk soon,
Gillian & Sparky

Barnes & Noble Booksellers 
    Reading and Q&A The Grove!  
(Tuesday, August 18, 10:00AM )

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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 The Grove location in Los Angeles for over 100 kids!  As usual there will be Sparky STICKERS given away FREE and a Sparky COLORING PAGE session with the kids after the Reading and Q&A! 

*Please Come! Bring your kids for all the FUN at this GREAT EVENT at one of the most prestigious Barnes & Noble Bookstores in the nation!

Tuesday, August 18th 2009
10:00AM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Grove 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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Totz Only, kids store 
    Reading & Signing Burbank, CA.  
(Thursday, August 20, 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 TOTZ ONLY, a children's srore in Burbank, CA.  As usual there will be Sparky STICKERS given away FREE and a Sparky COLORING PAGE session with the kids after the Reading and Q&A! 

*Bring your kids for all the FUN!
Sparky T-Shirts, Book Bags, Creepers, Bibs, etc. Will also be on SALE at THIS EVENT!

Thursday, August 20th 2009
11:00AM


Contact Information:
Totz Only
3009 w. magnolia blvd.
burbank, ca  91505

ph:     818.845.8689

fax:    818.845.0032
email:   totzonly@earthlink.net
store hours:  tuesday - saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Amy Liebowitz
amy@totzonly.com


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Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Reading and Signing Long Beach CA!  
(Saturday, August 22, 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
crm2651@bn.com


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Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Grove, Reading and Q&A!  
(Saturday, September 26, 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 The Grove location in Los Angeles for over 200 kids!  As usual there will be Sparky STICKERS given away FREE and a Sparky COLORING PAGE session with the kids after the Reading and Q&A! 

*Please Come! Bring your kids for all the FUN at this GREAT EVENT at one of the most prestigious Barnes & Noble Bookstores in the nation!

Saturday, September 26th 2009
Time to be determined...

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Grove 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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8th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair! 
(Sunday, October 4, 10AM-6PM)

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8TH ANNUAL WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR 2009

Gillian will have a booth for the day in the Children's Area
She will be signing, selling books and Sparky Swag as well as giving out FREE Stickers and Coloring Pages!
*Booth number TBD soon...

Sunday, October 4, 2009
10:00AM to 6:00PM
West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Viscente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.

400+ AUTHORS & ARTISTS Literary legends, celebrity guests, poets, storytellers & LA authors

CHILDREN'S AREA Kids' Stage with storytelling, music, theater & dance. Arts, crafts & games hosted by exhibitors

Contact:  Carrie LaFerie, Co-Coordinator
InternCLaFerle@weho.org


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Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Costa Mesa Book Fair! 
(Saturday, November 7, 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 Costa Mesa location. As usual Gillian will give away FREE Sparky STICKERS and we will have a Sparky COLORING session with kids after the Reading! 

*Please Come! Bring your kids for all the FUN at this GREAT EVENT!

Saturday, November 7th, 2009
2:00PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Metro Pointe

901 B South Coast Drive Ste 150
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-444-0226
Store Hours
Sun-Thu 9:00AM-10:00PM | Fri-Sat 9:00AM-11:00PM

Contact: Kaye Nemec
CRM2774@bn.com


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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 the Publisher 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, The Grove, Orange.  And at the Borders Bookstore in Torrance, CA.

In fact, the autographed copies from my signings 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 Grove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Ph: 323-525-0270

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

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Borders Bookstores
Torrance, CA
3700 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310.540.7000


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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! 

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Please check out the link below, I would love to hear from you!

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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!