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

Dear Friends of Sparky,

Last month's events were fun... the Barnes & Noble at The Grove reading & signing was awesome.  Over 100 kids attended! Sparky pages were projected on a big screen above me as I read.  I received great feedback from B&N, the children, and their parents. (Photos on My Blog). B&N has extended a special invitation for me to return later this month to read for over 200 kids! 

Next was the event at Totz Only kids store in Burbank, 35 parents and their toddlers came for the reading!. Adorable store with some of the most unique toys I've seen in LA. (Photos on My Blog).

Lastly, at the Sparky Barnes & Noble book signing in Long Beach a lovely woman purchased an autographed Sparky the Wonderfish book for auction at "An Evening for Autism" Saturday, September 12, 2009, 6 p.m. - that makes me feel fantastic! 

NOW EXCITING NEWS!  I received an e-mail from MobiStories, digital picture books for children, saying, "Firstly, congratulations on what looks to be a fabulous book with gorgeous illustrations and impeccable reviews...your book would be a perfect match for what we're doing...What we're doing is making it possible for kids to read more often and more easily by giving them books in a format they use everyday, can take wherever they're going, and view on pretty much anything with a screen, from an iPod to a 60" HDTV"

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

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Talk soon,
Gillian & Sparky

Gillian Traveling to New Orleans!  
(September 13 to 18, 2009)

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Plans are solidifying for the "Sparky the Wonderfish: Hope & Literacy Tour, New Orleans", much is happening very fast... Gillian Lee Hutshing will be traveling to Arroyo Grande, California to visit with the artistic director for an internationally owned private school (September 4-6) together they will Plan details for the (September 13-18) trip to New Orleans this month.  Gillian will also pick up the Sparky the Wonderfish Costume which has been custom made for Sparky's nationwide events.

September 13-18 Gillian will travel to New Orleans Parish for meetings and location scouts for the Sparky the Wonderfish: Hope & Literacy Tour and documentary. We are using this "story of how love creates magic" to help rebuild that hope & literacy along the New Orleans disaster areas. Our project is aimed toward the educational wants and needs of the children effected by these disasters. Sparky will reach 20 schools, 5 libraries and 2 hospitals. We also plan a Music Festival Fundraiser to conclude this tour in New Orleans Parish next year. 

This SPARKY PROJECT will raise money to build at least one new green school and library.  Upon completion of this project, Sparky will leave behind at that school and library an agenda for mentoring students to read & write for years to come!

Note: It has been Gillian Lee Hutshing's singular vision... that her book of 'love creating magic' would encourage literacy and give hope to kids... she is thrilled to see it earnestly taking hold!

Gillian Moderating GLAWS Panel
"Writing for the Children's Market"  
Saturday, September 19, 3:00PM


"Writing for the Children's Market"
Moderator: Gillian Lee Hutshing (GLAWS)
Panelist/Authors: Mary Hershey, Lee Wardlaw

"Writing for the Young Adult Market"
Moderator: Judy Seckler (GLAWS)
Panelist/Authors: Kaleb Nation, R.L. LaFevers, Valerie Hobbs

1:30pm - GLAWS Hospitality sets up the room
2:30 - Open for attendees, sign-in, and writers networking
(Just before 3:pm - Brief announcement about the GLAWS booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair)
3:00 - 4:00pm "Children's Market Writing Panel" and Q&A
4:00 - 5:00pm "Young Adult Market Writing Panel" and Q&A
5:00 - 5:30 Authors and attendees meet, network, sell books, Q&A
5:30 - Pack up and out

3:00PM Saturday, September 19, 2009

Palms Rancho-Park Library

GLAWS "Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
Ray Bradbury Room - Upstairs
2920 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Event Time: 3pm-5:30pm

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Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Grove, Reading and Signing!  
(Saturday, September 26, 10:00AM)

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The Grove Location
  (at 3rd & Fairfax)
10:00AM Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gillian Lee Hutshing will Read & Sign
Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic,
Saturday September 26, 10:00AM
Barnes & Noble at The Grove, Los Angeles  
(3rd Floor) for over 200 school kids!!!

Gillian will be reading and signing... afterward the kids will COLOR Sparky coloring pages.

Sparky the Wonderfish Stickers, Bookmarks and Coloring pages!  Come and get them!!!

Don't miss this GREAT EVENT at one of the largest, most prestigious Barnes & Noble Bookstores in the nation!

Sparky the Wonderfish is on shelves NOW at The Grove Barnes & Noble!

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

Contact: Jon Directo,
Community Relations Manager

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8th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair! 
(Sunday, October 4, 10AM-6PM)



Gillian Lee Hutshing 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 Bookmarks, Stickers and Coloring Pages all FREE!   FREE!   FREE!
*Booth number TBD soon...

Sparky the Wonderfish
T-Shirts, Book Bags, Creepers, Bibs etc.
Will be on SALE at THIS EVENT!

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

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Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Costa Mesa Book Fair! 
(Saturday, November 7, 2:00PM)

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Gillian Lee Hutshing 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

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Metro Pointe

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

Contact: Kaye Nemec

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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, 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!

Sparky the Wonderfish
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 in Los Angeles on Pico Blvd, The Grove, Orange, Long Beach and at the Borders Bookstores in Torrance, CA.

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

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Available at: 
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
Ph: 714-558-0028

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Long Beach Pacifica Mall
6326 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Ph: 562-431-2253

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Available at:
Borders Bookstores

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

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