Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Reading Book for Ethopian Students

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Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
I'm so excited about several recent projects. As many of you know, I spent my early years in Africa, so I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to work on two Africa-related projects.
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Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
The first one is an English reading book for students in Ethiopia. I finished final edits today and received jpgs of two watercolor illustrations.

The artist is an instructor at Addis Ababa University. Wish I could share the art, but I don't want to run into any copyright issues, so instead I'm sharing photos of the setting, courtesy of Peace Corps volunteer, Neen Talbott, who helped me throughout the project.

I couldn't have done this project without her. She sent pictures, answered questions, confirmed details, read first and final drafts, and shared the final work with others in her town of Gimbi** to be sure they liked it.
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Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
It was great working with Neen, but the best part was discovering that she's also a wonderful writer and a kindred spirit. To read more about her and the project we worked on together, you can go to my blog.
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Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
 
Here's the final cover:

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Oh, and stay tuned for more about my next Africa-related project. It's definitely awe-inspiring.

**Interesting fact about Gimbi for all you Harry Potter fans: As you know, there's a quidditch team called the Gimbi Giant-Slayers. But the people in Gimbi don't read Harry Potter or realize their town is mentioned in 450+ million books around the world.