We're Out & About with the Book in the Next Few Weeks

Carol's appearance at another Missouri History Museum event in late June. We're heading into a busy schedule of book readings, signings and appearances in the next few weeks ahead of the publication of the second edition on Aug. 1 and beyond. The next big event is at the Missouri History Museum on July 28. The museum has called this event "P(ainting) E(verything) A(lways) C(alms) E(verybody) = P.E.A.C.E." After a reading of Painting for Peace in Ferguson, visitors can join dancer, storyteller, and Ferguson resident Mama Lisa for a P.E.A.C.E. Out for Kids movement workshop and learn to dance with feeling by responding to color. Here's a link to more details. A few days later, on "second editi

The back story on some Painting for Peace images

We were delighted to have a chance to appear with Steve Potter on his City Corner program on KDNL this week. It really gave me a chance to talk more about the stories behind some of the images that appear in "Painting for Peace in Ferguson." I was also grateful for the chance to talk more about the news of the book, which we've covered in some other blog posts here -- the second edition on Aug. 1; the IPPY award; and our looming trip to Washington, D.C., representing Missouri at the Library of Congress' National Book Festival. We have the entire video embedded above if you'd like to watch it. Steve was very interested in hearing some of the details behind some of the images the book. Here ar

Weekly 4: Upbeat updates from STL

We've compiled some of the positive developments around reconciliation, peace, childhood understanding and community forward movement in the St. Louis area, in case you missed them, for the week ending July 10. The Post-Dispatch reported on Wednesday, "Coffee houses, floating gardens, bike trails: north riverfront reimagined." The newspaper reported that "plans imagine a north (city) riverfront stuffed with apartments, business incubators, grassy terraces, fountains and even a floating beer garden — all flanked by a system of parks and trails along the Mississippi River." The U-City and Ferguson Municipal Public Libraries reminded us about a chance to "Welcome to StoryCorps @ your library!"

'Painting for Peace in Ferguson' proceeds given to local organizations

Above: Representatives from Ferguson Youth Initiative receive the grant. We were pleased recently to provide two $1,000 grants to two north St. Louis County organizations out of the proceeds from the sale of Painting for Peace in Ferguson. All along, we had said this was one of our goals for producing the book in the first place. We have reinvested in the book for a second printing, but we still wanted to give what we could to the community. Meanwhile, as the author, I'm not receiving any of the proceeds — that's not what this project was about. Instead, the book is about the outpouring of generosity it has sparked in other forms, which has allowed some early donations to move forward. We ho

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