Half A World Away Book Release | Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava

Half A World Away Book Release | Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava

Half a World Away is a vibrantly illustrated children’s book by Minnesota author and artist Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava.

The story follows young Esme and her family on their journey through the South Asian island country of Sri Lanka. There, Esme reunites with her Nana, who gives her a sketch book and encourages her to draw her memories. Esme’s sketchbook becomes filled with beautiful illustrations of their family’s adventures, imbued with the rich tradition and aesthetics of Sri Lankan batik.

Original works by the author/artist, including the vibrant book illustrations, will be on display at XIA Gallery in St. Paul from April 2-30, 2024. Join us to celebrate the launch!

About the Author:

Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava is an artist and a writer living in Bloomington, Minnesota. By day, she works with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in support of the Twin Cities cultural districts and also serves as a Creative Placemaking Commissioner for the city of Bloomington. By night, she is an author and artist. Jamie’s work has been featured in Pollen, Star Tribune, and MN Women’s Press, and her two books It’s Never Going To Work (2018) and Butterflies & Tall Bikes (2021) are narrative nonfictions featuring Minnesota communities. Jamie performs comedy as a member of the Funny Asian Women Kollective, is a Loft 2023 Mirrors & Windows fellow, and this is her children’s book debut.

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