On Wednesday, August 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine will be hosting a book launch and signing for Sammy in the Sky, written by Barbara Walsh and illustrated by Artist Jamie Wyeth. The event, which is free and open to all, will take place in the museum’s Victorian garden, on Elm Street between Main and Union Streets.
Sammy in the Sky is a deeply affecting tale of love, loss, and remembrance. Sammy, the best hound dog in the whole wide world, loves his girl and she loves him. When illness cuts Sammy’s life short, the girl’s family keeps his spirit alive by celebrating his love of chasing wind-blown bubbles, keeping loyal guard at night, and offering his velvety fur for endless pats and tummy scratches. Painter Jamie Wyeth’s illustrations— infused with his realist style and lifelong fondness for dogs— radiate the joy and sadness of every tongue-licking, tail-wagging moment in this heartening and lovingly rendered story written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara Walsh.
Jamie Wyeth is an internationally known painter whose work is currently on view in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Wyeth Center. When he was a boy he endlessly sketched his family dog and has continued to portray animals in his work throughout his life. He has illustrated two previous picture books, The Stray and Cabbages and Kings.
Barbara Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has worked for newspapers and magazines in Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Ireland. Sammy in the Sky was inspired by her family’s first dog, Sam, a loyal and loving hound who died in 2003. She is also the author of August Gale; A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm, an adult biography and memoir book. Barbara Walsh lives in Maine with her family and their coonhound, Jack, a rescue dog from Tennessee.
The book signing will be limited to only Sammy in the Sky for autograph by Jamie and Barbara. Other merchandise will not be signed by the artist. The book will soon be available for purchase at the Museum Store, on the corner of Elm and Main Streets. To be put on the reservation list for the book or for more information, please contact the Museum Store at 207-596-5789.