Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 7:30pm








Writer Emily Haynes and artist Sanjay Patel collaborated to make a book. How in the world does that work? Tonight, using their Ganesha's Sweet Tooth as a prime example, they'll discuss working together toward one end, incorporating each of their own disciplines, and how the book changed during its evolution. They'll offer a rare look at collaborative process and art and outcome. Whether you’re keen on all things biblio, or an artist or writer considering a book project, or a devotee of great picture books, this is an evening for you!


The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book adaptation of how Ganesha came to write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! Ganesha is terribly upset, but with the help of the wise poet Vyasa, he learns that what seems broken can actually be quite useful after all. With vibrant, graphic illustrations, expressive characters, and offbeat humor, this is a wonderfully inventive twist on a classic tale.


Sanjay Patel is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on many features including A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, and the Cars series. Sanjay is also the creator of Ramayana: Divine Loophole, The Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities, and The Little Book of Hindu Deities. His modern interpretations of Hindu epics have been exhibited at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.


Emily Haynes is an editor by day, specializing in entertainment and humor titles, and a children's writer by night. In her spare time she can often be found up to her elbows in clay, making functional ceramics. This is her first children's book.


Book lovers of all ages welcome!





Ganesha's Sweet Tooth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452103624
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 19th, 2012

Ramayana: Divine Loophole Cover Image
By Sanjay Patel, Sanjay Patel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811871075
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - February 10th, 2010

The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow Cover Image
By Sanjay Patel, Sanjay Patel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780452287754
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Plume Books - December 2006