Hello stranger! Sorry we’ve been quiet for so long. We’ve been busy growing, birthing and rearing a new baby: Milo Meloy, born in mid-March. And, if that wasn’t enough, we’ve been working. A lot! WILDWOOD IMPERIUM, the third and last installment in the Wildwood Chronicles is all written and currently undergoing illustration. Expect to see it in stores this winter. In the meantime, visit the Entertainment Weekly website for an exclusive look at the book jacket and an excerpt of the first chapter.
Attention! We’ve made three original Wildwood illustrations available for auction to raise money for Skyline School. We love Skyline, which is adjacent to Forest Park (in North Wood for you Wildwood nerds) and like many Portland public schools, they depend on their annual auction to fund important programs and keep critical teaching staff employed there. So bid generously and know it’s going to a good cause. All three illustrations are being auctioned on ebay. They are:
The Council Tree
One of 6 color illustrations in Wildwood. The only other one that’s been made available for purchase is the illustration of the Ghost Bridge, which was also donated to a school auction last year. The Council Tree is the spiritual heart of The Wood and owning it will probably, maybe, possibly bring you good luck. Bid on it HERE.
The Map of the Under Wood
One of three maps in Under Wildwood. Each of the book’s three parts begin with a map detailing an area where much of that section’s action takes place. This map features the labyrinthine world of tunnels, caverns, and mole cites that make up the Under Wood. It’s the only Wildwood Chronicles map that has been made available for purchase. Bid on it HERE.
The Postal Van
A half page illustration from Wildwood. Here Richard, the postmaster, smuggles Prue out of South Wood under cover of darkness. Bid on it HERE.
All of these illustrations have since been signed. You can get a better sense of what the actual art looks like on their auction pages. Thank you for supporting a terrific Portland school!
the grand prize winners of our UNDER WILDWOOD booksellers contest! We loved this window display by Porter Square in Cambridge, especially the little cut paper moles.
So get this: UNDER WILDWOOD comes out on September 25th, which, by this one’s reckoning, is a MERE WEEK AWAY! A perfect time for a BOOKSELLERS’ CONTEST, don’t you think?
We’re challenging booksellers of all stripe to engage their creative faculties and decorate their bookstores in a decidedly WILDWOOD way. The best and most imaginative redesign, judged by myself and Ms. Ellis, will be awarded an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART drawn by the illustratrix, Carson Ellis, that will incorporate the name of your bookstore in a pretty banner. But that’s not all: runners up will receive nifty exclusive stuff, which is awfully cool.
But I won’t yammer on: the details have been laid out in graphic form by the nice folks at our publisher. Check it:
Disclaimer: this only really applies to bookstore employees. If you happen to be a civilian, this may be one of those rare moments in the current economic state-of-things when you might wish you’d taken a job in bookselling. Extra points will be awarded to hedge fund managers and the like who quit their jobs and get hired on at the local bookstore in order to fulfill the requirements of the contest.
So Carson and I will be hitting the road soon, popping into fine, upstanding and discriminating bookstores (or their offsite annexes) everywhere this fall. We’ll be reading from and chatting re: Under Wildwood, the next book in the Wildwood Chronicles. Come say hello!
Cast your eyes, folks, on the jacket of UNDER WILDWOOD, the sequel to WILDWOOD. Look for it, cozily embracing the book itself, in fine bookstores everywhere this September.
I’m done illustrating Under Wildwood! I’ve been working on it around the clock for months and now I’m done and it’s summer and I’m going outside. Here’s the final illustration (it’s not the final illustration in the book, but it’s the last one I worked on.)
Are you a fan of Wildwood? A supporter of 826 and their writing programs for kids and teens? Both?! Well, feel free to bid on the above illustration as part of this charity event for 826 LA. (Even though, if I were you, I’d bid on this.)
As promised, here are the runners-up. We could’ve chosen twice as many of these – there were so many great ones – but we had to stop somewhere. And so:
BEST MAP FEATURING A NIGHTMARISH, FUTURISTIC POWER PLANT: Sengi’s Map by Stephen Reali, age 26, of Bowie, Maryland.
BEST MAP IN THE CANDY GENRE: Land of the Sweets by Kate Li, age 10, of Honolulu, Hawaii.
BEST INSCRUTABLE MAP: Casual Road Map by Leo Spunt, age 9, of Memphis, Tennessee.
BEST SEA SERPENT, BEST OBSIDIAN LAKE OF DEADLY WATERS AND NEVERENDING DEPTHS, and BEST USE OF AN OPEN FLAME: Land of Telesia by Olive Ward, age 8, of New York, New York.
BEST MAP BY A 6 YEAR OLD: Wombat and Dingo Kingdoms by Oliver Bolan Chambers, age 6, naturally, of Corvallis, Oregon.
BEST MAP BY A PRO WITH A NICE WEBSITE: Danger Island by Mat Husdon, age 24, of Bellingham, Washington
BEST KEY with the BEST BIRD DRAWINGS: Top Secret Outpost of the Backyard Brooklyn Fairies by Ada Grazia Cowan, age 8, of Brooklyn, New York.
BEST MAP FOR A NOVEL-IN-PROGRESS: Steelhead, Washington by Ingrid Rochon, age 21, of New Haven, Connecticut.
and BEST TINY MAP: by Eli Beeker, age 22, of Salisbury, NC.
Okay, that’s all she wrote! Runners-up, we’ll be sending you all a little something in the mail. Thanks and good night!