A fun, fam­ily ad­ven­ture

Fern­dale is back­drop for au­thor’s new­est chil­dren’s book

Times Standard (Eureka) - - COMMUNITY -

Lo­cal au­thor Tyrel Bramwell’s new chil­dren’s chap­ter book brings the magic of Fern­dale to life in a fun fam­ily ad­ven­ture … for the sec­ond time.

Last year, Bramwell part­nered with the Fern­dale Cham­ber of Com­merce and il­lus­tra­tor Ed­ward Rio­jas to give read­ers “The World of the Waz­zle­woods: A Fern & Dale Fairy Tale.” The chil­dren’s chap­ter book was in­spired by Fern­dale’s sto­ry­book charm. This time the fun hap­pens in “The Bird Bat­tle of Ar­ti­san Al­ley: A Fern & Dale Fairy Tale,” book two of what the au­thor hopes will be a grow­ing se­ries. This book cel­e­brates Fern­dale’s Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tec­ture and nearby old-growth red­woods. Bramwell is thrilled to work again with the mer­chants of the Fern­dale Cham­ber of Com­merce on this pro­ject.

“It’s a plea­sure to part­ner with such caring peo­ple to cre­ate books that pro­mote and sup­port our vil­lage,” he said. “My hope for the first book was that it would be suc­cess­ful enough to war­rant a sec­ond and even a se­ries. Well, we’re on our way.

“You don’t have to live in our area to en­joy the sto­ries,” Bramwell said. “Read­ers who’ve never been to Hum­boldt County love the first book. That’s what I’m go­ing for — that, and to cre­ate sto­ries that my North Coast neigh­bors will treasure as theirs for years to come.”

The book is sched­uled to be re­leased on Fern­dale’s Hos­pi­tal­ity Night, Dec. 6, with Bramwell sign­ing copies at Chap­man’s Book­ery & More from 5 to 9 p.m.

“The Bird Bat­tle of Ar­ti­san Al­ley” picks up where “The World of the Waz­zle­woods” left off. “When Fern and her younger brother Dale hear a dis­tress­ing sound com­ing from the al­ley behind Main Street, it’s a race to safety and the be­gin­ning of an­other mag­i­cal waz­zle­wood ad­ven­ture,” Bramwell said. “More friends. More en­e­mies. More Cream City magic.

“This book nearly wrote it­self,” he said. “The cat be­long­ing to the own­ers of Mind’s Eye Cof­fee Lounge went miss­ing ear­lier this year. It was a to­tal bum­mer. This story emerged out of the idea that maybe I could give a sad event a hope­ful end­ing.

“One of my goals with the “A Fern & Dale Fairy Tales” se­ries is to in­spire young read­ers to see the won­der that’s right in front of them,” he said. “Peo­ple tend to think that if any­thing great is go­ing to hap­pen to them, it’ll be be­cause they pur­sued big dreams or set out to live ex­cit­ing lives, but awe­some ad­ven­tures hap­pen ev­ery­where and with the amaz­ing peo­ple al­ready in our lives. We just have to pay at­ten­tion, lis­ten for de­tails, and open our eyes.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to tyrel­bramwell.com.

COUR­TESY OF THE AU­THOR

“The Bird Bat­tle of Ar­ti­san Al­ley” is Tyrel Bramwell’s new­est book.

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