Monday, August 30, 2010

Michigander Monday: Matt Faulkner

(Before we get to our main attraction, a quick announcement:  My contest for a free signed copy of The Pout-Pout Fish In The Big-Big Dark is still going on -- click here for details.)

I am very pleased today to welcome the talented Matt Faulkner to Michigander Monday!

Debbie:  Matt, please tell us a little about yourself.

Matt:  I grew up in Arlington, Ma.- just outside of Boston. Kids liked hockey in Arlington. I liked hockey too but what I really liked was to read and draw. I also had a heck of a lot of fun hanging out at the local Boys and Girls Club - playing hoops, ping pong etc. (My Dad was Exec. Director of the joint so, it was like a second home to me and my brother and sisters.) Oh ya, did I mention drawing? I was and am mad for drawing. Mad. I drew and drew. Madness. I went to a college for art called the Rhode Island School of Design. Had a lot of fun there. They let me draw all the time! I have a teen age son named Gabriel - he likes to draw too. I have published over 35 books for kids. And…Tah Dah… I’m getting married in December to my lovely fiancé Kris Remenar; author, great mom, children’s librarian and hottie scholar! Woohoo!

Debbie:  You and Kris are so deserving of your mutual joy -- hearty congratulations to both of you!!!!

Matt, tell us a little about your latest book.

Matt: My latest book is about the illegal imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII. It is loosely based on the experiences of my aunt Adeline and her daughter, Mary Asai. Adeline and Mary were illegally imprisoned during the war because Adeline’s father was Japanese. It’s a graphic novel and will be published by Disney/Hyperion in 2012.

Debbie:  What an amazing story.  Any other books and projects on the horizon?

Matt: I am working on another book with Laurie Halse Anderson. This one will be about Abigail Adams. I also have a manuscript that I’ve written that is about crazy rabbits who take over a town and eat all the burritos. That’s going to be fun!

Debbie:  Burrito-eating rabbits - I love it!  Can't wait to see that one.  Matt, do you have any upcoming appearances?

Matt: I have a show of my work at the Little Monsters Toy Store in downtown Lake Orion in January 2011.

Debbie:  How about your favorite places in Michigan?

Matt: I love Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. It’s so peaceful. Go there whenever I can! Also dig the Franklin Cider Mill. Dreamt of their donuts while I lived in California!

Debbie:  Favorite Michigan event or happening?

Matt: The Dragon On The Lake festival in Lake Orion! I rowed one of the boats in the race on Sunday, Aug. 29th! Very cool!

Debbie:  A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?

Matt: I really dig Glenn Michael’s mosaics and Balthazar Korab’s photos of Cranbrook. Another favorite Michigan person is Kim Santini, who paints portraits of animals, pets mostly but some wild as well. She has a great style and is a great support for other artists, young and older! And I am a big fan of Wendy Halperin/John Mooy and Sarah Stewart/David Small! There are so many cool Michigan people - not enough space for them all here!

Debbie:  Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?

Matt: There is a great deal of fantastic native American history in Michigan.

Debbie:  And finally, for our ongoing tally:  Some residents of Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. Are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?

Matt: I’m a Michiganian. O ya!

Debbie:  Matt, thank you so much for being here today!

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