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"Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines

Jeanne Walker Harvey, illus. by Dow Phumiruk. Holt/Ottaviano,

$17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-250-11249-1

Harvey (My Hands Sing the Blues) and debut illustrator Phumiruk recount the career of architect Maya Lin, using a textual and visual sparseness that echoes Lin’s minimalist style. Harvey introduces Lin as an observant child with an eye for form, structure, and the interplay of light. While in college, Lin entered the Vietnam Memorial design contest, which required including the names of almost 58,000 dead or missing soldiers: “These rules rang true to Maya. She knew the power of names.” Harvey provides just enough biographical details to give a sense of Lin’s life, including touching on the initial backlash against her design for the memorial, while Phumiruk’s muted artwork, assembled digitally, makes good use of watercolor and corrugated textures to evoke the inspiration Lin drew from nature. Ages 4–8. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary. (May)"


Today I'm celebrating with the amazing illustrator, DOW PHUMIRUK, the "Book Birthday", the launch day, of our new children's picture book biography MAYA LIN: ARTIST-ARCHITECT OF LIGHT AND LINES published by the truly wonderful CHRISTY OTTAVIANO BOOKS (Henry Holt). And...a big thank you also to our incredible agent, DEBORAH WARREN of EAST WEST LITERARY AGENCY.

Waikiki Aquarium to Seal-A-Brate 113th Birthday

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Waikiki Aquarium

2777 Kalakaua Avenue

Waikiki Aquarium turned 113 on March 26th! To celebrate its 113th birthday, the Aquarium hosted a celebration!

Meet Author of Honey Girl, Jeanne Walker Harvey 10AM to Noon

*MAHALO* to the amazing staff and volunteers at the Waikiki Aquarium!

I feel so privileged to have been invited to share HONEY GIRL THE HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL at the birthday festivities during the NOAA proclaimed Year of the Monk Seal!

Where to find Jeanne Walker Harvey books

Jeanne has reviewed over 170 picture book biographies here and

previously on her blog  titled  TRUE TALES

& A CHERRY ON TOP.