Tanya Zabinski on Peace, Love, Action!
Buffalo artist Tanya Zabinski has just published her first book, Peace, Love, Action!: Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z. She's stopping by the store to talk about the book and sign copies. Peace, Love, Action! is an illustrated, illuminated A-Z of everyday actions that directly make a peaceful, fun, and vibrant world. With original artworks bringing each action to life, "make friends," "go local," "cooperate," "forgive" --seemingly small deeds can really add up! Illustrated in Zabinski's characteristic earthy style, each action comes with an inspirational mini-bio of a real hero who exemplifies that action, from Thich Nhat Hanh ("breathe") to Wangari Maathai ("plant"), and follows with a set of "What You Can Do" prompts. With a foreword by singer-songwriter and activist legend, Ani DiFranco, the book has received advance praise from Jane Goodall ("...perfectly embodies one of the key messages that I am always trying to get across to children around the world--that every day we live on this planet, we make some impact--and we have a choice as to what sort of difference we make." ) to acclaimed children's author Tomie dePaola (""It's a cliché to say this is an illustrated book for our times, but it is! Tanya Zabinski has created a much-needed book for the middle-grade reader--and for teachers to use to introduce exemplary people and concepts. Stunning, woodcut-like artwork puts the frosting on this cake!"). Some of Tanya's artwork will be displayed at the adjoining Caffe Aroma for a couple of weeks before and after our event.
Tanya lives in the hills south of Buffalo with her husband Joe DiPasquale, where they run their small clothing art business Planet Love. Tanya's designs are seen all over the world. She views life as the ultimate artwork and aspires to live an artful, heartful, and mindful life. She studied art, design, music, and philosophy at Buffalo State College, Parsons School of Design, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, and she is a recipient of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Tomie dePaola Award.
The book signing is free and open to the public--purchase of a book is encouraged as an act of support and respect for the author and the event host.