Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nashville Counts! Creators "Greatest People of the Day" on Huffington Post

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 4:17 PM

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Nashville natives Vadis Turner and Matthew Parker have been named the Huffington Post's "Greatest People of the Day" for their remarkable picture book Nashville Counts! — which not only assembles a talented group of local artists (including Lesley Patterson-Marx, Kelly Williams and Emily Leonard) to help kids learn to count, but benefits the entire city at the same time. From the write-up:

"Nashville to me is a sense of home. When I say I'm going home, it's not to my apartment in New York, its back to Nashville," Parker said. "We grew up there and it's such a strong community. When something happens to home, you want to do what you can to give back."

Gill Holland of Holland Brown Books agreed to front the publishing costs, and Parker and Turner decided the proceeds from book sales would go to Hands On Nashville, a flood-relief organization the state government recommended.

"We were honored and intimidated," Turner said. She and Parker put together a list of local artists they asked to contribute — including bestselling PEN/Faulkner Award winner Ann Patchett, who currently lives in Parker's childhood home and agreed to write the introduction.

Check out Margaret Renkl's article from last month — and while you're at it, congratulate film producer Parker, who'll be represented at Sundance 2011 by Vera Farmiga's directorial debut Higher Ground.

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