18 New Holiday Books For Kids from chicagotribune.com

December 2nd, 2009

If you are interested in kids' books for the holidays, check out the 18 New Holiday Books For Kids photo gallery on the website of the Chicago Tribune - which is www.chicagotribune.com.

I particularly like #2 in the lineup - but there are a lot of interesting titles here!

Click Here to go there!

- Mark

Story Of Snow Teacher's Guide

December 1st, 2009

The good folks at Chronicle Books have put together a teacher's guide for The Story of Snow. In my storied past, I spent a few years working as an Assistant Superintendent in an urban school district. I was the HR Director and did not get directly involved in instruction, but I did develop a great appreciation for the rigorous life of a Teacher.

So if you are a teacher and plan to use The Story of Snow in your classroom - grab the teacher's guide. Every resource helps!

To download the guide - click this link:

StoryOfSnow_TeachersGuide_WEB.pdf

It is a 1.7 MB PDF file.

And thanks to Chronicle Books for putting this together!

Image of the cover of The Story of SNow Teacher's Guide
- Mark

Booksigning December 12 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

November 28th, 2009

The Kalamazoo Nature Center's Buy Local Art and Gift Fair is coming up in just 2 weeks. I'll be on hand to sign books and talk about snow crystyal photography from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. The Art Fair runs from 10 to 4, and in the afternon the results of the Photoblitz contest will be unveiled. Holidays At The Homestead will also be in full swing, with live Celtic Music, horse drawn carriage rides, and other holiday festivities from the past at the historic DeLano Homestead. For more about the event, visit www.naturecenter.org.

And don't forget the December 4 art hop at Nature Connection in downtown Kalamazoo!

- Mark

Mark To Be Interviewed On Kalamazoo Radio - The Lori Moore Show

November 25th, 2009

I just confirmed that I’ll be interviewed on the Lori Moore Show – AM 590 WKZO Kalamazoo – around 9:45 a.m. on Friday, December 4. I expect we’ll be talking about The Story of Snow, the Art Hop at Nature Connection that evening, the upcoming “Buy Local” event at that Kalamazoo Nature Center, and about anything else that comes up!

Just for the fun of it - here is a snow crystal from 12/21/2008. We've had an unusually warm fall in Kalamazoo this year, so it's hard to believe that we'll be seeing snow like this in less than a month - but I can hope!

- Mark

Story of Snow Book Signing and Art Hop

November 24th, 2009

On Friday, Decmeber 4, I'll be participating in the December Art Hop at Nature Connection - a cool nature oriented gift store located in Downtown Kalamazoo. I'll be there to sign copies of The Story of Snow, and will also have photo note cards and matted prints.

The Art Hop is from 5 - 9 on December 4, and Nature Connections is located at the corner of Lovell and Burdick. See you there there!

- Mark

Local Author Book Signing at Kazoo Books

November 14th, 2009

On November 14 I joined Coolidge J. Bligh and Gary Cialdella at Kazoo Books - a great local / independent book store - for a local author's book signing. I was there with The Story of Snow and appreciate all the folks who came by for a copy.

It was also great to catch up a bit with Gary Cialdella, whose collection of urban landscape photos called The Calumet Area: An American Place was recently published jointly by the University of Illinois and the Brauer Museum of Art. I first met Gary almost a decade ago at a workshop with Mark Klett at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. Gary's landscape photography is very inspiring, and if ever you tire of snow crystal photos, you should take a look at his book. It's great stuff and an inspiration to all of us who love B&W landscape work.

- Mark

The Story of Snow!

June 12th, 2009
Book Cover: The Story of Snow

Yippie! On Monday I received an advance copy of my new book – The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder. This project has been in the works for over a year, during which time I’ve been privileged to work with physicist Jon Nelson and the great people at Chronicle Books. The book will be available in stores later this year – you can read about it in Chronicle Book’s catalog here.

- Mark