We get excited about every author event we have here at Parnassus, of course, but there’s something extra special about a book launch for a member of the family. Next Monday, June 1, we’ll celebrate the published debut of the little critters we’ve been crushing on for quite a while now: Penguins with People Problems, created by our own Mary Laura Philpott.
The quirky little book grew out of Philpott’s Tumblr site, “The Random Penguins,” which she started after the merger of Penguin Books and Random House. Stuck on the idea that “Random Penguin” would make a great name for the new company (alas, they went with Penguin Random House), Philpott started doodling penguins doing random things like going to work, dining out, putting on makeup — things penguins don’t do, people do. Fittingly, Penguin Random House got wind of the project, adored it, and has turned it into an illustrated book for grownups (think The Far Side or The Oatmeal).
We couldn’t be happier that the penguins will hold their sneak-preview book party right here the evening before the book is officially available to the public. Tumblr is sponsoring the party, so there will be plenty of perks, freebies, and cocktails (with mixology help provided by our kind friends at The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills). Can you make it? RSVP here!
Meanwhile, here are a few special penguins Philpott created in honor of some of our author friends (Penguins with Author Problems… sequel??) along with her comments.
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Want more? Don’t miss Philpott’s interview with our friends at Chapter16! And if you’d like to see another little custom set of penguins, you might enjoy the six-part New York Times exclusive mini-series that’s running on the NYT Motherlode column — “Penguins with Parent Problems.”
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Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Perigee Books, 6/2015