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June 19 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Storytime with Carole Sarkan


June 19
11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Books & Books in Coconut Grove
3409 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133 United States
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Aunt Mary’s Pottery

(BookBaby, 24.95)

Wednesday, June 19th, 11:30 AM | Books & Books, Coconut Grove


Books & Books is proud to present Storytime with Carole Sarkan! She will be presenting from her new book: Aunt Mary’s Pottery (BookBaby, 24.95), which tells the story of women creating art to overcome disease and disability.  The book follows the struggles of and triumphs of Carole’s aunt Mary, a renowned potter who lived and worked in Coconut Grove starting in the 60s up until 2000. Featuring the illustrations of Emily Christoff-Flowers Aunt Mary’s Pottery is not only meant for children, but for artists and art lovers of all ages.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase at the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

 About the Book:

Aunt Mary’s Pottery” is a true story about a woman named Mary who was stricken with a disease called polio at an early age yet made her life creating stunning pottery to sell. Mary saw the happy side – the side of moving ahead, no matter what. Through her courage and belief in herself, this story shows the life of Mary in all her trials and challenges and how her unique pottery changed her life and became a favorite in everyone’s home. When Mary’s hands became stiff and sore, she learned how to turn her hands backwards to mold her pottery. Coincidentally, the illustrator Emily broke her shoulder shortly after starting her illustrations for this book and had to learn a new way to paint. Mary’s love of art and nature helped her create a peaceful, contented life. Cats, geese, turtles, swans, ducks, herons, and sandpipers are just a few of the local animals that she painted on her earthen pieces.

Emily’s vibrant images and colors depict the many sides of Mary throughout her life. This is a book about healing and hope. Soon this book will be another classic and Carole cannot wait to share it with the world.

About the Author:

Carole Sarkan is a retired schoolteacher who has always had a passion for writing, music, history, and art. She decided to put these interests together when she finished college and became a teacher. Since the age of six years old, Carole has always wanted to write children’s books. With the partnership of Emily Christoff-Flowers as her illustrator, they embarked on an exciting adventure about Carole’s English springer spaniel dog, Candy. Now they are featuring Carole’s Aunt, Mary Grabill, an established artist in Florida who made her life creating pottery, despite her issues with arthritis and polio. Carole comes from a family of artists. Her grandparents were song writers, her mother and father were musicians who loved writing eloquent letters, and her brother Jim Grabill is a prolific poet and teacher in Portland, Oregon. Carole is originally from Bowling Green, Ohio and currently lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Explore Carole’s work at www.bookswithcarole.com.

About the Artist:

Emily Christoff has always had a fascination with drawing people, animals, and nature since she was a little girl growing up in the farmlands of Ohio. Her parents supported her love of painting and encouraged her to pursue art as a career. She earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1987 and has supported herself for the past 37 years. She currently teaches pastel classes at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, teaches pastel workshops, and teaches privately from her home studio in Newport News, Virginia.