Upcoming Events and New Releases

publishedabout 2 years ago
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Hello friends! I am excited to share about a couple live events coming up at the end of this week at our store in the King of Prussia Mall.

CK Sobey - Friday, Nov 19, 12-3
Ned Bustard - Saturday, Nov 20, 12-3

Saint Nicholas the Giftgiver

The History and Legends of the Real Santa Claus

by Ned Bustard
Illustrated by Ned Bustard

2021 Bronze Moonbeam Children's Book Award

On the night before Christmas,
so the old stories say,
Saint Nicholas rides
in a magical sleigh.
But what is the truth,
and what are the legends?
Who is this giftgiver,
and why all the presents?

Around Christmas we spend a lot of time thinking about presents, but have you ever wondered why we give gifts? Learn about the life of Saint Nicholas and discover why he became known as one of the greatest giftgivers of all time.

Told as a delightful poem, this colorfully illustrated book will be enjoyed by children and the adults who read with them. Also included is a note from the author to encourage further conversation about the content.

In this video Ned Bustard shares about the book and shows us the process of how he used hand carved block prints to illustrate it.


"Ned Bustard has a great gift for joining whimsy and gravity in a way that appeals to both children and grownups alike. This wonderful book will serve parents well as they seek to preserve the mystery of Christmas for their children without grounding it in fantasy. And any time spent with Ned's brilliant illustrations is time well spent."

- Russ Ramsey, pastor and author of Rembrandt Is in the Wind: Learning to Love Art Through the Eyes of Faith

"In charming verse, Bustard winsomely enriches our modern notion of Santa with the history of Saint Nicholas. His colorful illustrations recall Byzantine mosaics and rightfully reimagine Nicholas in the diverse world of the early church in Asia Minor. This is sure to be a new Christmas favorite."

- Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt, associate professor of art and art history at Covenant College

The O in Hope

A Poem of Wonder

by Luci Shaw
Illustrated by Ned Bustard

What do an orangutan, an ostrich, an orange, and the ocean all have in common?
They all begin with the letter O!
But other words also have an O—words like mouth or moon or wow,
and even the word

Combining a joyful poem from the much-celebrated poet Luci Shaw with playful cut-paper art created by Ned Bustard, The O in Hope helps us experience the goodness of God's gifts of hope and love.

This delightful book can be enjoyed by children and the adults who read with them. Also included is a note from the author to encourage further conversation about the content.

The O in Hope


"How delightful to have the wide-eyed wonder of Luci Shaw's poetry combined with the vibrant playfulness of Ned Bustard's art! Kids and grownups alike will love The O in Hope. This book is my new go-to gift for baby showers and little ones' birthdays."

Katie Manning, author of Tasty Other and The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman

"I think I've been waiting all my life for a children's book by Luci Shaw (There's an O in obviously, after all!)—not only because I long to have the faith of a child, but also because this book introduces one of my favorite poets to my young sons. May this book be a gateway to Luci's body of work and, best of all, to the hope she proclaims."

Sarah Arthur, author of A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeline L'Engle and editor of At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time

Musings, Woolgathering, & Ghosts

Poetic prose and photographs

by CK Sobey

I have wondered at the many ways life turns me inside and out, every day of my life. I do my best to see life with depth and breath. A broader lens of what I see day to day. With practice and intent, I try to find the uncommon in everyday life. Simply living my daily experiences can in itself become a form of art. For the most part, this book has come together aroused by thoughts and feelings from my everyday life. Some are deeper, more insightful. Others are lighter and more playful. Some are haunting, with vivid memories that follow me through my life. I hope that everyone who is drawn to this book will resonate in some way with the stories and photos on the pages.

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