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MEMORY GARDEN!

My new picture book — written my mom Zohreh Ghahremani — is out on Tuesday!

Come to our launch party in San Diego at the Book Catapult this Tuesday 2/27, 7pm, or pre-order online from your favorite shop!

We’ll have giveaways lots of fun things to share at many events to as well — both online and in person!

Memory Garden - a new picture book by debut kidlit author Zohreh Ghahremani, illustrated by her daughter Susie GhahremaniInterior page from Memory Garden, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani -- written by Zohreh Ghahremani, published by Godwin books / Henry Holt / Macmillan

An intergenerational picture book about a day gardening and sharing stories together. better a time than to learn about the country Nana came from — how new traditions and culture are shared such as these?

Memory Garden – a book written by Zohreh Ghahremani illustrated by Susie Ghahremani. Published by Godwin / Henry Holt / Macmillan, 2024.

Zohreh Ghahremani signing copies of Memory Garden, a new picture book

Copies purchased from The Book Catapult are signed by us both!

Did you already pre-order MEMORY GARDEN? Shoot me a message and let me know, and we’ll send you a bookplate if you want your copy signed as well!

But: Pre-order 2+ copies of MEMORY from the Book Catapult and the first 25 will get this LIMITED EDITION jigsaw puzzle:

Pre-order Memory Garden from the Book Catapult!

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MEMORY GARDEN:

“After a long stretch of days, I was to escape to the green world of this warm picture book, where a young girl and her grandmother are planting together… I particularly how the bright illustrations across each page, connecting past to the present.”
—Lit Hub

”A moving tale about a young girl connecting her elder relative among a fantastical hopes learning about her family’s past. Yes, it’s a children’s book, adults likely be moved to tears as well.”
–San Diego Tribune

“Amber-toned illustrations and lyrical, child-friendly paint a poetic picture of both the and the past.”
–Kirkus

Book Launch Party for Memory Garden at the Book Catapult

MORE EVENTS:

Here in Southern California, I will be a keynote speaker at SCBWI So Cal’s Art Day, March 16th in Laguna Beach.

Come get inspired and learn a sustainable career in illustration; see hands-on art from me and several author-illustrators. Registration here: https://www.scbwi.org/events/art-day

Attention picture book writers, illustrators and graphic novelists: come join our one-day conference near the ocean to improve your craft and get inspired by published children's book professionals.

Upcoming events in Southern California:

April 13th, 12pm -- MEMORY GARDEN: An Afternoon with Zohreh and Ghahremani in the Neil Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library -- an afternoon with cultural food, music, and creativity!

ORIGINAL ART and SHOWS

My artwork is currently on exhibit in several shows:

Red Envelope Show by grumpybert at Harman Projects, New York.
I created the paintings below, cats each other in brick homes. Susie Ghahremani at the Red Envelope Show, Harman Projects in New YorkNeko Show at Giant Robot, Los Angeles, and other artwork available at GR. I this painting in to my never ending “to be read” book pile. The dragon paintings were the lunar year themed show — of dragon!

Susie Ghahremani painting for the Neko Show in 2024 at Giant Robot Los Angeles - kidlitart

Year of the Wood Dragon - Forest Dragon paintings by Susie Ghahremani for Giant Robot Los Angeles art showKaiju ceramic figurine by artist Susie Ghahremani, one-of-a-kind ceramics at Giant Robot Los Angeles.

NEW IN THE SHOP:

Banana Slug Keychain! (also a pin!)

Adorable banana slug keychain illustrated by Susie Ghahremani / boygirlparty

The Tiger pin is back!

pink, yellow, and white tiger enamel pins by susie ghahremani / boygirlparty

Stuff for FOUNTAIN PEN ENTHUSIASTS! (like me)

fountain pen lover gifts by susie ghahremani / boygirlparty - including wax seals and pins and notepads

My Patreon is an awesome way to support my artwork directly getting a behind-the-scenes look my process, studio, projects, and thoughts! Won’t you please join me? Updates weekly.

Get a behind the scenes look at the artwork and process of illustrator Susie Ghahremani / boygirlparty on Patreon Learn about the business of illustration from illustrator Susie Ghahremani / boygirlparty on Patreon

SCBWI Conference, Shop Update, Art shows!

There’s been a big shop update! New notepads, pins, and WAX SEALS. These ideas and designs have been in the works for months and I’m just so excited to share them at long last! More about these for my patreons as soon as I’ve caught up on some other work on my plate!

Time boxing notepads by boygirlparty

^ Those are notepads for time boxing your tasks! I personally find assigning time to a task makes me more likely to get it done.

New enamel pins (snail mail, slug, and calico cat tea party)

Also, I’m speaking at the SCBWI Conference on Friday, a conference designed specifically for professional and aspiring children’s book writers and illustrators. Register online for the conference at scbwi.org — My session is called “Making a Living as an Illustrator: Balancing Career, Values, Income & Play with Susie Ghahremani”

Lastly, I have some shows up in Los Angeles: The Plant Show at Giant Robot, and the Circles show at GR2. Patreons have already seem a preview of my work and processes (and thoughts) for both, but here’s a link to the work online.

Susie Ghahremani painting for GR2 Circles Show, at Giant Robot's GR2 gallery in Los Angeles

If you’re not a Patreon subscriber, you’re missing out! Please come join me for behind the scenes posts (about once a week) including glimpses into my sketchbook, works in progress, and my life as an artist.

Books, California Art Shows, and more!

I’ve been far better at updating Patreon than I have been at keeping this section of the news current. My apologies!

The thing keeping me busiest and thing I am most excited to share is that I’m working on a new book with my mom, author Zoe Ghahremani! MEMORY GARDEN will be published in Spring 2024 by Godwin Books, an imprint at Macmillan. Here is the announcement from Publisher Weekly, shared on my Instagram with a very cute photo of my mom:

 

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You can hear a little more about this project and the unusual way we came to work together on the SCBWI podcast, where I was recently a guest. And, theres more to announce in the realm of book news, as Im delighted to now be working with Lilly Ghahremani at Full Circle Literary as my agent on picture book projects and beyond!

Susie Ghahremani is represented by Lilly Ghahremani at Full Circle Literary for Picture Books and other publishing projectsI have a few art shows that have recently opened here in Southern California: The plant show at Giant Robot in Los Angeles, curated by Cassia Lupo, and The Summer Spectacular at Hey There Projects in Joshua Tree, curated by Mark Todd and Aaron Smith. (My works for the latter are here)

Mourning Dove Poppy California Painting by Susie Ghahremani at Giant Robot Los Angeles
Hey There Projects Joshua Tree Summer Spectacular artwork by Susie Ghahremani

I’ve also recently shown at New England College; Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH; and Tiny Showcase for a limited edition of prints benefitting We Need Diverse Books.

I recently created and released a Pride Pin for Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore with 100% of the proceeds going to the Trevor Project. Last year’s pin represents the genre of sci-fi, and this year’s represents fantasy (with a nod to one of my favorite books of all time, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides)

I love working with the independent bookstores in my community and to use artwork for good, and enjoyed being the ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day / the San Diego Book Crawl this year, too!


Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Pride Pins by boygirlparty

There is so much more I want to share, but I am feeling overwhelmed just thinking about catching up here. So, I’ll leave you with a look of some of the recent additions to the shop, and a pledge to update here more often!

New Eco Friendly Graphic Tees at the Boygirlparty Shop

September 8, 2021 art show, book signing, other events, shop

September in the Studio

Apologies for the much delayed update — what can I say except this past year has been hard. Hope you and yours are safe and well. FYI, If you subscribe to my Patreon, I update there frequently with glimpses into the projects I’m working on, my sketchbooks, etc. But here is a much overdue general update!! Thanks for you patience, and thank you especially to the art directors, creative directors, patrons, and customers who continue to support my artwork during this challenging time!

Susie Ghahremani miniature paintings at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH

This week, a series of my paintings opened at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH. You can visit the available artwork online at this link, or in person in Portsmouth through the month.

Meanwhile, here in San Diego, San Diego Design Week has officially kicked off! On Saturday, September 11th at 11am, I’ll be leading a journaling workshop at the Library Shop (outdoors, socially distanced, masks and ADVANCE REGISTRATION required) — Free to register. Details at this link.

Journaling Workshop at 2021 San Diego Design Week

At this workshop, I’ll be sharing prompts from within my book, GROWTH: A Journal to Welcome Personal Change, which you can get online from my shop, with bonus page marking sticker sheets! I’ll be giving away a copy of the journal at my workshop as well, where sales will benefit San Diego’s Public Library via the Library Shop. I’ll be signing copies of my other books afterwards as well.Free Page Marking Stickers while supplies last

Speaking of places to shop with books, I recently painted a mural inside San Diego indie bookstore, The Book Catapult, located at 3010-B Juniper St in South Park!

Susie Ghahremani mural at the Book Catapult in South Park, indie bookstore in San Diego

I’ve been enjoying working on quite a few commissions this summer in general, and this was one of them. If you’d like to commission an illustration or an original painting, please fill out this form. 

Commission artwork and illustrations by Susie Ghahremani / boygirlparty

Here are a some other recent commissions:

Commission Original Artwork by Susie Ghahremani Painting Commissions - Original Artwork by Susie Ghahremani

These have all sold, but I also have some artwork available at Giant Robot.

Susie Ghahremani paintings at Giant Robot

Lastly, a few new items in the shop!

Boygirlparty Owl Satchel Bag and Tote Backpack

This owl bag converts between a tote and a backpack with the slip of a handle! (See also: the cat backpack tote)

Here’s a tiny narwhal notepad:

Boygirlparty Little Happy Narwhal Notepad

And a chicken keychain!!

Boygirlparty Cottagecore chicken keychain

Quite a few t-shirts and baby outfits have been recently restocked as well. Find them all online at http://shop.boygirlparty.com

Thank you for reading all this!

Camping Graphic Tees for Women by boygirlparty