NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL 2015
PAINTING FOR PEACE IN FERGUSON By Carol Swartout Klein
Missouri Center for the Book's Selection for the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, September 5, in Washington, D.C.
The Missouri Center for the Book is proud to announce Painting for Peace in Ferguson will be representing our state at what is considered the largest book fair in the country: Library of Congress National Book Festival. Held in Washington D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the 15th anniversary of the book festival takes place Saturday, September 5 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and boasts more than 100 authors, poets and illustrators for the day. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year's festival.
Painting for Peace in Ferguson, by Carol Swartout Klein, was published in February 2015. Since then it has sold nearly 2,000 copies and is currently pressing its second edition through its new, national publisher: Amphorae Publishing Group, based In St. Louis. Most recently the book won the Independent Publisher's (IPPY) 2015 Outstanding Book of the Year Award Gold Medal, one of only nine selected out of 6,000 applicants.
“This honor really goes to all the artists and volunteers who came out on cold winter days to paint hundreds of works of amazing art,” noted author Carol Swartout Klein. “It was so inspiring to see hundreds of people show up and work together despite differences in age or race to bring hope to their community. The effect it has had on the town and its people is transformational; turning fear into hope and destruction into creation. This book is about an inspirational moment, but is also aspirational in that it shows the kind of society we can strive to become.”
Written in child-friendly verse, the book features the actual artwork that was painted on hundreds of boarded up windows in Ferguson and surrounding areas, as well as South Grand street in St. Louis City. The art ranges from simple messages of hope and peace to provocative works calling for social change.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN PRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT WORK HIGHLIGHTING THE DEPTH OF SPIRIT & JOY ALIVE AND WELL IN MISSOURI! SALUTE!