Thursday, June 23, 2016

More Book Events: DC & Orlando

DC Events

Fun with A MORNING WITH GRANDPA continues. I went to DC last week and had a book signing party at my friend's house as well as one of my first school visits with 100 first graders at Thomas Stone Elementary School at Mt. Rainer, MD:

It was really cute. My younger daughter came with me and was my helper. One of the students asked, awe-stricken, "Is that this illustrator?"

I also loved the thank you notes that they had pre-written:

Next up: Orlando

I'll be a the ALA (American Library Association) Convention in Orlando, signing my book at the Lee & Low booth on Saturday, June 25, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Any kid lit friends who are attending, please stop by! I was also featured on Lee & Low's blog today.  Lee & Low's complete author line up can be found here.

By the way, in response to the horrific massacre in Orlando, my friend Paula Yoo has organized a book drive to benefit the Orlando Youth Alliance, a nonprofit that serves LGBTQ youth & teens. If you are a LGBTQ author with books for kids or teens, please consider donating them to this group.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe beginning of your summer!

PS An inspiring video I came across by Jason Silva, the son of my former high school English teacher:


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Friday, May 20, 2016

A Whirlwind Month: Book Release, Blog Tour, Big Sur at Cape Cod

May has been a whirlwind of book events, a blog tour, and an amazing writing conference. Although I knew it was coming for a couple of years, nothing quite prepared me for the blur of events. A recap:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Happy Spring: A Morning with Grandpa Release & Norfolk Academy Art Show 2016

Although it still feels like Winter, Spring is coming in with a bang for me.


The official release date for A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, written by me and illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books) is May 1, but books have already arrived at my local indie store, Prince Books, and Amazon is fulfilling orders.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cats on My Mind: A 5-Day #artchallenge

This week I was tagged to do an #artchallenge on Facebook, which was to post five pieces of my art per day. It didn't have to be newly made art, but I decided to doodle my cute new kitty, Apollo:

© Sylvia Liu

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Meet Apollo: our new Siberian Kitten

Apollo is our new Siberian kitten. I never thought we would have a cat because my husband is very allergic to them. As a Christmas present, he researched hypoallergenic cats and this breed came up and now we have a cat. He is still somewhat allergic, but only when he handles him, and it's much better than most other breeds.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 In Review: Health, Hope and Creativity

My motto for 2016

In the past, I've reflected on my creative year and was grateful for my creative communities (2013) or my very creative family (2014). This year, I focus on lessons learned in 2015:

Friday, December 18, 2015

How I Got My Agent: Dow Phumiruk

I'm excited to interview Dow Phumiruk, an online friend I met through several kid lit communities. Her art is luminous and we featured her on Kidlit411 last year.
She talks about how she landed her agent, Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency.