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A partnership was sprung from a gorgeous PB dummy last year when Chris and Alice Faye began working on this project together. It was true kismet. Chris resonated strongly with Alice Faye’s words and Alice Faye loved the art from Chris. What else are two agents to do but sell this to a wonderful publisher who has published Chris so wonderfully in the past? 

Kathleen Merz at Eerdmans Books for Young Readers has acquired Yellow Dog Blues by Alice Faye Duncan, with art by Chris Raschka, which draws on the poetry of Delta Blues musicians as it traces the passage of this cathartic musical form from the deep south, along the freedom roads north, to the larger world. Publication is slated for Spring 2022; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author and Brenda Bowen of The Book Group did the deal for the artist (World). 

Alice Faye and I are so excited to show this book to the world and thus, we’re trying to wait patiently for Chris to do his magic and for Spring 2022!

Congratulations, Alice Faye!

- Trish