Over at my publisher’s blog
Victo Ngai’s endpaper design for Dazzle Ships
, I’ve written about how I came to write my new book, Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
, and why I think this niche of World War I history is worth reading about today.
Here’s a bit of what I say in that post.
As with other unconventional subjects that I developed a deep interest in (e.g. how daylight fluorescent colors were created, John Roy Lynch’s ten-year rise from slavery to the U.S. Congress, how The Nutcracker became a holiday tradition, the invention of the Super Soaker water gun), after getting my first taste of dazzle ships, I had a couple of reactions:
1. I’d better hurry up and make a nonfiction picture book about this before somebody else does.
2. How did I not know about this already?
I hope you’ll read the rest, and that you’ll like what I have to say so much that you’ll get yourself a copy of Dazzle Ships from my beloved local independent bookseller, BookPeople.
If you’re in Austin, I’ll be there at BookPeople tomorrow night — Thursday, September 7 — to read from and talk about the book.
And if getting to BookPeople tomorrow night isn’t an option, they’ll have freshly signed copies you can buy from wherever you are.