Dual Publication Party for Nina LaCour's "We Are Okay" and Jon Stich's "Sketch Your Stuff"


Nina LaCour and Jon Stich at DIESEL, A Bookstore in OaklandDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Nina LaCour and Jon Stich back to the store to discuss and sign their latest releases; Nina's new young adult novel, We Are Okay, and Jon's Sketch Your Stuff: 200 Things to Draw and How to Draw Them on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 pm. Nina LaCour and Jon Stich met almost a decade ago while working at DIESEL, Oakland. Now, with new books out, they are coming back to celebrate. Think of it as a double birthday party (with bubbly!). Nina will give a short reading from We Are Okay, her latest YA novel, which Kirkus calls "exquisite" and Booklist calls "raw and beautiful." Jon will give a drawing demo- with audience participation! They'll discuss their work, reminisce about their bookseller days, answer audience questions, and sign your books. Please join us!

Nina LaCour is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and the widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Richmond, California.

An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.

You go through life thinking there's so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. 
Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks, not even her best friend Mabel, but even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. 

Photo Credit- Kristyn Stroble

Jon Stich has been creating pictures since he was nine years old when his father took him to Red Lobster and he scrawled all over the menu. He has since become an illustrator for many wonderful clients including The Washington Post, Bloomberg Buisnessweek, Chronicle Books, Mother Jones, MTV, The New York Observer, the San Fransisco Giants, Adult Swim and Variety. He teaches courses in illustration and figure drawing at the University of California at Berkeley and California College of the Arts. Jon lives in San Fransisco. 

Grab your pencil and Sketch your Stuff!
Learn how to turn the everyday objects that fill your life into subjects for your sketchbook, allowing you to work on your drawing skills at any moment of the day or night. You'll find over 200 prompts to help you build up strong art skills as you work though the book. These everyday objects are small enough to sketch in minutes, so you can practice quickly and often. Everything you need to know about perspective, observation of shape and form, light and shade, and composition in included. Sketch Your Stuff is a great starting point for the sketching beginner as well as a wonderful source of practice and inspiration for the seasoned artist.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
We Are Okay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525425892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - click to see which location!
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

Sketch Your Stuff: 200 Things to Draw and How to Draw Them Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631592669
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quarry Books - December 1st, 2016