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VIRTUAL EVENT: DEBBIE DUNN + TAMI LEWIS BROWN - Perkin's Perfect Purple

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 4:00pm
Virtual Event
Free
Perkin's Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368032841
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Wednesday, October 14 at 4pm CT

Authors
DEBBIE DUNN
&
TAMI LEWIS BROWN
discussing

Perkin's Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry

LIVE ON ZOOM! REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE

Moderated by Meredith Davis

 


EVENT GUIDELINES

  • You can order PERKIN'S PERFECT PURPLE below! Books come signed by Debbie Dunn and with a signed bookplate by Tami Lewis Brown. If you want Debbie Dunn to personalize your book, please type SIGNED COPY and the name you want the book personalized to in the comments field at checkout. Remember that by purchasing a book from BookPeople, you are not only supporting a local, independent business, but you are also showing publishers that they should continue sending their amazing authors to BookPeople!
  • Digital Doors Open at 3:45PM CDT
  • Event Begins at 4:00PM CDT
  • NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

ABOUT PERKIN'S PERFECT PURPLE

The fascinating true story of groundbreaking chemist William Perkin, who used the scientific method to invent a new way for creating the color purple.

Many years ago, the color purple was available only to a privileged few. Making purple was tricky. The dye was concocted from a certain snail, and later, from plants, bugs, and rocks. Then it had to be soaked in minerals and . . . urine! The process was very complicated and expensive (not to mention smelly!).

Until 1856, when a boy named William Henry Perkin invented a new way. While testing a hypothesis about a cure for malaria, he found that his experiment resulted in something else -- something vivid and rare for the times: synthetic PURPLE. Perkin, a pioneer of the modern scientific method, made numerous advances possible, including canned food and chemotherapy. But it was his creation of purple that started it all.

Authors Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn craft a compelling tale, and Francesca Sanna's dynamic art is a joyous celebration of Perkin's impactful purple.


ABOUT DEBBIE DUNN

Debbie Loren Dunn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in computer science and worked in the computer industry for twenty years, specializing in databases and data mining. She holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She loves true stories about people doing amazing things -- especially when others have told them they can't, or they shouldn't. She is the coauthor of Instructions Not Included and lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.


ABOUT TAMI LEWIS BROWN

Tami Lewis Brown is a former lawyer and elementary school librarian. She holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has written a novel for children and several picture books, including Instructions Not Included, co-written with Debbie Loren Dunn. Tami is always on the lookout for a new story to tell -- the more weird or wonderful the better. She lives with her family in Washington, DC.


ABOUT THE MODERATOR: MEREDITH DAVIS

Meredith Davis worked at an independent children’s bookstore and started the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators before earning her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives and writes in Austin, Texas.


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Thank you for supporting Debbie Dunn, Tami Lewis Brown and your local independent bookstore!