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The Little Auction That Could

November 19, 2009


Angela and I are taking a break in our hectic schedule this weekend to participate in a Florida charity event “The Little Auction That Could” in which all proceeds benefit the Hibiscus Children’s Center, a shelter for neglected and abused children. Located in Stuart, near my hometown of Jupiter, Ang and I both were delighted to be a part of this fund-raiser in which proceeds will go towards building a library for the kids.


And the fund-raiser is brilliant: The organizers reached out to celebrities and authors to inscribe their favorite book which will then be put up for auction. Yours truly signed and doodled in a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh, In the Night Kitchen, The Lorax and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


If that wasn’t enough, I threw in signed copies of The Spider & The Fly and Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide (along with a limited edition print that was given to friends and family last year).


Along with the auction, Ang and I will also be signing at a live auction event (where books signed by president Obama and J.K. Rowling will be offered) tomorrow night (Nov. 20) with Carl Hiaasen at the Lyric Theater in Stuart. Tickets are still available.

I hope to see you there!

Check it out! You can bid on my signed books on eBay!

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.