April 2017

Sneak Peek: I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017

Sneak Peek: I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017

I’ve been holed up in my office working, hours upon hours upon hours. It feels like I need a new office chair seat cushion. I’ve drank a lot coffee and eaten a lot of chocolate. I might need new glasses.

But it’s all been worth it, because the thing I’m working on is a labour of love. It is the design and placing of literally hundreds of poems and photos in InDesign. It is the reading, verifying and measuring of the shape, size, colour and feel of all those poems and photos. It is soul-wrenching, tear-inducing and gaze-out-the-window-thinking work.

It is I Wrote This For You.

Ten years ago, Iain Thomas and Jon Ellis started a blog where poems and photography were paired and published anonymously. Since then, it’s become something larger than life. I could spout on about how successful and far-reaching their project has become, but none of that really matters. What does matter is the root of the project, a multi-faceted honest expression of humanity. And — while hundreds of thousands of books have been sold, you don’t have to spend any money on it, all the poetry and photos are available for free at iwrotethisforyou.me.

In November, we will celebrate ten years of the project by releasing the most ambitious book the three of us have ever worked on, a beautiful collector’s edition of the celebrated poetry and photography of these two talented individuals.

I’d like to show you a little bit of what we’ve been working on, mainly because I’m really proud of where it’s going and to help celebrate the half-way mark of National Poetry Month.

We hope you’ll like it, because all this is truly done for you.

Happy Book Birthday, From Ant to Eagle!

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“A moving and ultimately hopeful book.” School Library Journal

April 1, 2017 marks the official release of Alex Lyttle’s debut novel, From Ant to Eagle. This middle grade novel is one of the most anticipated books Central Avenue has launched, from glowing blogger reviews, to national bookstore listings to positive trade reviews. All of it is well-deserved, From Ant to Eagle is an extremely touching story of a boy navigating life as an eleven year-old dealing with the ravages of cancer.

 

Cal Sinclair is an average kid, it’s summer, he’s bored and his six-year-old brother, Sammy, drives him crazy. When Cal meets the new girl in town, Aleta Alvarado, summer becomes a little less boring as the two form a deep friendship, despite her introverted demeanour. Cal ditches Sammy by assigning him tasks and awarding levels, each one bringing him closer to his brother’s Eagle status.

When Sammy starts getting sick, and the ultimate diagnosis is cancer, Cal feels horrible about how he’s treated his little brother. As he now figures out life in and out of spending time with his brother in the hospital, Cal must grapple with some very adult issues, like divorce, maintaining friendships and the concept of death.

We warn you, you’ll need tissues, but as you cry with Cal, you’ll grow with him too – and that is the gift that Alex presents in this novel, the ability to live Cal’s life in a true and realistic way: through a child’s eye.

We’re very proud of this book and we hope you’ll give it a shot. It’s on sale at a few bookstores for quite cheap right now, so pick it up and share your thoughts on this story with us.

We’ve also got a great giveaway going on – you can win money, coffee and books: three of my favourite things. While you can tweet and facebook about the book to get entries, you’ll get the most entries by visiting your favourite bookstore and tweeting a selfie holding the book, (you don’t have to buy it, but my guess is that you’ll want to.) Bricks and mortar bookstores are havens of tangible imagination, be they indie or chain – please stop by and visit one.