Author ‘thrilled’ by launch of book

Port Chalmers playwright, author and illustrator Kathryn van Beek. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Port Chalmers playwright, author and illustrator Kathryn van Beek. Photo: Peter McIntosh
A certain feline called Bruce may not have been present in person, but the launch of a book about him by Port Chalmers writer and illustrator Kathryn van Beek still proved a lively event at the weekend.

Bruce Finds A Home is an illustrated children’s book based on the story of how Bruce was found. In the book a girl called Kate is walking home from school, when she finds a kitten. She has to figure out where his home is and get him to safety before a thunderstorm drenches both of them.

Van Beek read the story about her cat — now aged 2 —  to an appreciative audience of about 60 people, including parents and youngsters, at the University Bookshop, in Great King St in Dunedin, on Saturday morning.

And there was also time for some youthful face-painting.

She was "thrilled" by the launch and felt "very proud and very well supported by the Dunedin community", she said.

Publication of the book was funded through about $21,000 raised through crowdfunding platform KickstarterVan Beek, who wrote and illustrated the book,  also read an early draft to a test audience of year 1-3 Port Chalmers School pupils early last year.

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