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The Spotlight
January 2007 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Happy New Year!
Here's hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We certainly are glad to ring in 2007 and celebrate the arrival of Year of the Pig!

Of course, others are glad it's technically still The Year of the Dog. Sfist.com was one, as they recently praised the first book of the annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac:
"It's the perfect book for the nieces and nephews for whom you're probably racking your brains out to find a gift for and it's a great way of learning about Asian culture."

In the sequel, Patty the piglet blazes a brand new path of fun and adventure. Pushing her onward are artist Jeremiah Alcorn, author Oliver Chin, and even the book's graphic designer Elaine Chu, who together will read the book from coast to coast.

Meanwhile many community groups who celebrate New Year will share Patty's story with eager audiences, from Colorado Springs to Houston, and Delaware to Alabama. Our first event is this weekend in San Francisco's Japantown at the "Oshogatsu Matsuri" - 2007 New Year Celebration - at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

B. The Octonauts bubble onward
Looking further into 2007, we have brand new tales for train lovers and aspiring martial artists. So there's something in store for everyone!

But Octonauts fans have another reason to smile: we're planning an Octo-riffic sequel for October 2007. We'll tell you more about it soon, so sit tight!

Meanwhile, Coquette summed up popular sentiment thusly:

"Meomi is one of my favorite illustrators and makers of cute craft goods. I've got a few of their cute desktop wallpapers for my computer to make me happy when I work. Now they have their very own children's book .. . I love collecting children's illustration books and this one is a keeper -- filled with lots of pages of beautiful digital illustration. I love all the shading on the animals and scenes that gives them a nice 3Dish look."

Elsewhere Rivet Magazine proposed the perfect antidote to the 2006 holiday mania: "Stress of the season got you down? Time to regress to childhood, when the sights and sounds of a picture book were all you needed to get to sleep at night. Try The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster"

C. Burning Man hits the Big Apple
Isn't the spirit of Burning Man all year round? Attendees around the globe think so, as more learn about and appreciate the amazing images of our photography book Desert to Dream.

Following her December presentation to a packed crowd at the Berkeley Public Library, author Barbara Traub has traveled to meet the New York faithful. She has two evening slide shows in Manhattan this week.

Tell your Tri-state friends to catch her tonight at the progressive Bluestockings Bookstore at 7 pm (172 Allen Street, NYC, 212-777-6028) or on 1/5 at the new East West Café at 7 pm (78 Fifth Avenue, NYC, 212.243.5994).

The Octonauts
(ISBN: 1-59702-005-2, $15.95)

"Helloooo, how can you resist a story of adventure with cute animals? I love their travels around the world especially into Japan. The illustrations just draw you in and this book is a perfect holiday gift for the kids or the kid in you!"
- Coquette

"The characters are cuddly and quirky, and the moral of the story is as good as a hug from a dear one saying 'I love you for the individual you are.' We hope that's a joy you'll never outgrow."
- Rivet Magazine


Year of the Pig: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
(ISBN: 1-59702-007-9, $15.95)

"The book is absolutely adorable...And may I say what a fabulous cast of characters your books contain!"
- Kate Ferguson, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA


- 1/3: Barbara Traub: D2D: Bluestockings Bookstore: 172 Allen Street, NYC, 212-777-6028, 7 pm.
- 1/5: Barbara Traub: D2D: East West Cafe: 78 Fifth Avenue, NYC, 212.243.5994, 7 pm.
- 1/6: Oliver Chin: Year of the Pig: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, 11 am.
- 1/18: Oliver Chin: Create your own Comics: Sunnyvale Public Library: 665 West Olive Ave, CA, 6:30 pm.
- 1/27: Oliver Chin: YOP: Families with Children from China-Northern California: 11th Annual Between Two New Years Celebration, 1 pm.
- 1/29: Oliver Chin: YOP: San Pablo Public Library, 2300 El Portal Dr. Suite D, San Pablo Community Resource Center, CA, 7 pm.
- 1/30: Elaine Chu: YOP: Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Ave, CA, (510) 524-3043, 7 pm.


- 2/3: Oliver Chin: YOP: Saturday Art Classes at the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 10 am & 1:30 pm.
- 2/8: Oliver Chin: YOP: Books, Inc. - Laurel Village, 3515 California St, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm.
- 2/10: Oliver Chin: YOP: Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 11 am.
- 2/10: Oliver Chin: YOP: Golden Gate Conservancy: Crissy Field Warming Hut Bookstore, San Francisco, CA, 2 pm.
- 2/11: Oliver Chin: YOP: Borders - Stonestown Galleria, 233 Winston Dr, San Francisco, CA, 1 pm.
- 2/12: Oliver Chin: YOP: Pinole Library: 2935 Pinole Valley Road, CA, (510) 758-2741, 4 pm.
- 2/13: Oliver Chin: YOP: El Sobrante Library 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante, CA, 3:30 pm.
- 2/14: Oliver Chin: YOP: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, 10 am.
- 2/17: Oliver Chin: YOP: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1 pm.
- 2/17: Oliver Chin: YOP: Books Inc., 301 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA, (650)428-1234, 4 pm.
- 2/18: Oliver Chin: YOP: California Academy of Sciences : 875 Howard St, San Francisco, CA, 11:30 am.
- 2/18: Oliver Chin: YOP: Oakland Museum : 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA, 1 pm.
- 2/19: Oliver Chin: YOP: Bay Area Discovery Museum: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA, 11 am.
- 2/21: Oliver Chin: YOP: Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St., Antioch, CA, 3 pm.
- 2/22: Jeremiah Alcorn: YOP: Homewood Public Library, Homewood, AL, 6 pm.
- 2/24: Oliver Chin: YOP: The Huntington Library: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA, 11:30 am.
- 2/24: Oliver Chin: YOP: Kinokuniya: 123 Astronaut E. Onizuka St., Los Angeles, CA, 2:30 pm.
- 2/25: Oliver Chin: YOP: Borders Books: 429 South Associated Rd., Brea, CA, 2 pm.
- 2/27: Oliver Chin: YOP: Burbank Public Library: Buena Vista Library, 300 North Buena Vista St., CA, 10 & 11 am.
- 2/27: Oliver Chin: YOP: Torrance Public Library: 4805 Emerald, Torrance, CA, 7 pm.
- 2/28: Oliver Chin: YOP: Vroman's Bookstore: 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA, 11 am.


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- Igor Stravinsky

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