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Author/Illustrator Jamie Hogan Exhibits at Portland Public Library

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Jamie Hogan signing a book

Peaks Islander Jamie Hogan – illustrator of ten books and author of Seven Days of Daisy – presented at the Portland Public Library this evening with Matinicus Island author Eva Murray, with whom Jamie collaborated on a new release, Island Birthday. What an extraordinary event, the coming together of two island talents, one who came by ferry, the other who came by plane!

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Jamie Hogan’s original artworks on display

If you missed this event, the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library in the Portland Public Library is exhibiting several of Jamie’s beautiful, original colored pencil and pastel book illustrations until September 25th. The exhibit, titled The Storybook Waters of Illustrator Jamie Hogan, features those artworks that treat the theme of water in Jamie’s book illustrations.

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Original of illustration in Seven Days of Daisy

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“Tickle Your Toes in Tidepools”: Book Launch Beach Party

“Tuesday is for tea parties
and tickling your toes
in tidepools…” – Seven Days of Daisy

Book events often involve readings, author signings, and sales, but it’s rare that they entail book making, stepping up to a rowboat picture booth on an island beach, or the gobbling of icy watermelon, but that’s exactly what author/illustrator Jamie Hogan‘s invitation extends to you – the Seven Days of Daisy Beach Party this Saturday on Ferry Beach, Peaks Island.

Along with Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, Jamie has planned the event as a journey into the picture book that features Hogan’s daughter, Daisy,  recently published by DownEast Books.

Author-Illustrator Jamie Hogan

Flatlanders can hop on a Casco Bay Lines ferry, climb down to Ferry Beach tucked under the ferry’s starboard bow, and snatch up your own signed copy of the book before taking a walking tour that visits island scenes featured in the picture book.

SEVEN DAYS OF DAISY BEACH PARTY!
Saturday, June 18th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (ongoing)
Ferry Beach, Peaks Island (Beside the Casco Bay Ferry Dock)

The Seven Days of Daisy Beach Party, as well as Dock Day for authors and artisans, are part of the annual PeakFest celebration, Casco Bay’s kickoff to summer Maine style!

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Seven Days of Daisy: New Press

Written and illustrated by Peaks Islander Jamie Hogan

Jamie Hogan’s Seven Days of Daisy just received some well-deserved press in the Portland Press Herald.

In a prior post, I shared how Jamie debuted a self-published version of her first children’s book in August of 2009 at the Peaks Island branch of the Portland Public Library. Since then, the vibrantly-illustrated book caught the eye of Down East Books and they offered to re-release it this spring.

Islanders will shake their heads when they realize that the four-year old Daisy that graces the book’s cover is already fourteen years old. But fear not, Jamie’s Seven Days of Daisy captures the timelessness of a Maine summer and allows even the young at heart to escape back to their childhood.

Jamie Hogan, “Seven Days of Daisy”

Jamie Hogan

Jamie Hogan

Most islanders and Maine residents know Jamie Hogan as a celebrated illustrator whose collaboration with Mitali Perkins, Rickshaw Girl, won a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. They also have enjoyed reading her column as Arts Editor for the Island Times newspaper or benefited from her labors as chairwoman of the Education Committee for the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum’s board of trustees.
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However, you might have missed the breaking news that Jamie is now also the author of her first book, a children’s book, Seven Days of Daisy. This evening, the Peaks Island Branch Library hosted a debut of this picture book at its weekly Story and Craft event for young readers.

Sitting in front of some of her stunning charcoal pencil, pastel, and collage on Canson-paper originals, Jamie shared her seven-year journey from creation to self publishing with a packed crowd of youngsters. After reading her book, Jamie launched the listeners into book creation mode, providing them with blank books and pastels on a table groaning with art supplies.

Debut reading of Seven Days of Daisy at Peaks Island Library event

Debut reading of Seven Days of Daisy at Peaks Island Library event


Seeing the children respond to Jamie’s reading reminded me that, as authors, we touch people around us in ways that we can’t always predict. So write! And pass the creativity on!

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