Doorbells of Florence + Giveaway!
- It started by chance when Andrew Losowsky started photographing doorbells in Florence to practice with his new camera
- The photographs (I love looking for his reflection in the shiny ones) became popular on flickr with the help of whimsical stories he’d include in the captions which elicited responses from fellow flickr users and…
- Andrew started to think about the photos and the people behind the doorbells, which culminated in a delightful series of short stories
- And to put it all together, Andrew self-published the first version of the book on lulu.com
- The book wasn’t a huge hit, but he did enter (and win) the Blooker Prize for best fiction, and then something magic happened and Chronicle Books picked it up
- And in a small world moment, my talented friend Andrew Schapiro @ CB was assigned the design of the book
- Then Joel Holland was brought on board to illustrate the beautiful type for the book, and he makes me want to draw beautiful words all day
- The book is released and I get my copy – I love everything about it!
- It’s the perfect read on my bus ride to work – short and sweet with just the right amount of charm [view excerpts here and here]
- The book is now being adapted into a play! (and remember where it started with #1 !?!)
And the best part is that thanks to Andrew Schapiro and Chronicle Books, I have a free copy of The Doorbells of Florence that could be yours! All you need to do is answer the question: What is your favorite mundane thing to photograph/illustrate/look at? There’s no right or wrong answer. Just respond anyway you please in the comments below [make sure you include your email if it’s not linked to a blog] and your name will be thrown into a hat and winner will be randomly selected to win a free copy of the book. You have one week to respond. Giveaway ends Friday, June 26th at 5pm EST. Thanks for playing!