Author Event - James Burks Book Party for Gabby & Gator

I love Southern California.  On any given week, you can attend several author events.  Yesterday, I had a chance to attend the Book Party for James Burks' debut book Gabby & GatorBorders/Glendale hosted the party.  James' wife made vegan chocolate chip cookies (read the book and you will understand the connection), and friends, family, & new fans celebrated with Burks.  It was a fun time.

Back in April, I had a chance to meet James and some other illustrator/authors while waiting for Oliver Jeffers to arrive at a book signing.  I have been highly anticipating James' picture book/graphic novel for months now.  If you want to read my review of Gabby & Gator, click here.

Alethea (@frootjoos) and the other great folks over at Borders/Glendale were able to arrange for the book party.  James was a little nervous, but very excited.  He kicked off the event with a couple of magic tricks to warm up the audience.  And then did some drawings which were eventually given away to young fans.

After some drawing entertainment, James read some from Gabby & Gator.  He did just enough to hook everyone in.

There was also a drawing for a painting of Gabby (the main character in the Gabby & Gator book).  And this young winner was quite happy to win.

James also took time to personalize each book with either a drawing of Gabby or Gator.  Fans were thrilled.

In celebration of Gabby & Gator, and to help get it into the hands of at least one reader, I am giving away a signed copy of James' book.  Not only did he sign it, but there is sketch of Gator too.  It is a great gift for a child or a teacher.  The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian readers. 

Rules for the Contest:
1. All participants must complete the embedded entry form.
2. Participants must be 13 years or older to enter.
3. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 15, 2010.
4. Participants must have a U.S. or Canadian postal address.
5. Only one entry per person.
6. Winners will be selected by