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Featured Author: Keri Smith

Our Teen Featured author for the month of July is Keri Smith.

Keri Smith is a Canadian conceptual artist and author of several bestselling books and apps about creativity. Keri conducts workshops based on her books and recently taught a class in conceptual illustration at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver Canada. The main focus of her work/research is on creating what the writer Umberto Eco called “Open works”, pieces that are completed by the reader/user. In 2012 she created a public art installation for the exhibition Urban Play, in Copenhagen Denmark entitled The Society for Exploratory Research. In 2013 Keri was invited to be a “Resident Thinker” for the art piece “Nowhere Island” by artist Alex Hartley for the Cultural Olympiad, along with Yoko Ono and several other interesting thinkers. Keri is a consultant for the Center for Artistic Activism. Her Pocket Scavenger App won Best Nonfiction Adult app at the 2014 Digital Book Awards.

Find out more about Keri's books on her website, www.KeriSmith.com.

How to Be an Explorer of the World

- Young adult softcover

by Keri Smith - $19.95 - Add to Cart

From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, an interactive guide for exploring and documenting the art and science of everyday life.Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists. The mission Smith proposes? To document and observe the world around you as if you've never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to. Through this series of beautifully hand-illustrated interactive prompts, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world in ways they never even imagined.

The Imaginary World Of...

- Trade paperback

by Keri Smith - $23.00 - Add to Cart

From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a guide to building your own perfect world. In The Imaginary World of..., Keri Smith asks readers to imagine something new: a unique world of their own making.Readers start by creating a list of everything to which they're drawn: things they love and collect, colors, shapes, ideas, people, and creatures that fascinate them. The items in the list will become the building blocks for their imaginary worlds, used to create texture and establish a foundation for the new place they'll begin to inhabit. Readers will then be prompted to think about landscape, place names, maps, currency, residents, logos, foods, histories, and more for their world.An indispensable guide for artists, dreamers, activists, and explorers of all ages, The Imaginary World of... will encourage readers to become revolutionaries of everyday life, chronicling the possibilities in the brave new worlds they envision.

Living Out Loud

- Young adult hardcover

by Keri Smith - $25.50 - Add to Cart

Remember those childhood days spent running in your bare feet, playing make-believe, and most of all, living life with wonderment? That youthful enthusiasm and playfulness are key to discovering who you are and what you love to do.Living Out Loud is the perfect prescription for a creative jump start to your life. Included are games, projects, activities, crafts, postcards, and playful ideas that will send you off on an exciting adventure, where you'll discover inspiration around and within you.

The Pocket Scavenger

- Paperback

by Keri Smith - $16.00 - Add to Cart

From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a scavenger hunt that leads you to explore your world and transform your findings through creativity and chance...Within the pages of The Pocket Scavenger, you'll be instructed to go on an unusual scavenger hunt, collecting a spectrum of random items: something that is miniature, a stain that is green, something from the year you were born, a used envelope, and more. Once your quarry is in hand, you'll apply an alteration dictated solely by chance: create a funny character, make it into a building, conceal it, add polka dots, remove a section, add stripes, scribble on top, fold, turn into an article of clothing, make it "pretty," and so on.The results: you'll be forced out of habitual ways of thinking or acting, discover new connections, and try things you might not have done on your own, creating a version of The Pocket Scavenger that is utterly unique, dependent on time, place, experience, and you.

Wreck This Journal

- Paperback

by Keri Smith - $22.00 - Add to Cart

Now in spectacular full color throughout, a special 10th anniversary edition of the internationally bestselling journal that started it all--with more than 7 million copies sold! Perhaps you're a seasoned Wreck-er, having made your way through one or more copies of Wreck This Journal. Or maybe you're new to the phenomenon (little do you know, this experience might just change your life). Whatever the case, you've found the perfect book to destroy...Welcome to an all new-edition of Wreck This Journal, now in spectacular full color! Inside, you'll find prompts for painting, shredding, transforming, and unleashing your creativity. With a mix of new, altered, and favorite prompts, Wreck This Journal: Now in Color invites you to wreck with color: mixing colors to make mud, letting chance dictate your color choice, weaving with brightly colored strips of paper, and more. What colors will you use to you wreck your journal?   "A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it." --Time Magazine   "Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves." --The Believer

Wreck This Journal Everywhere

- Young adult softcover

by Keri Smith - $13.50 - Add to Cart

The nifty-sized miniature follow-up to the international bestseller Wreck This Journal--perfect for die-hard wreckers wherever they are in the world!Featuring dozens of new activities as well as some of the most popular prompts from the original, Wreck This Journal Everywhere will have you travelling the city streets and country byways, filling the pages with man-made and natural objects, recording what you see, drawing, doodling--and destroying pages as you go. Perfect for sliding in your pocket or stuffing in your bag, Wreck This Journal Everywhere is the ideal creative companion.To create is to destroy. Happy wrecking!

Wreck This Journal (Black) Expanded Ed.

- Young adult softcover

by Keri Smith - $20.00 - Add to Cart

The internationally bestselling phenomenon with over 7 million copies sold! Paint, poke, create, destroy, and wreck--to create a journal as unique as you are For anyone who's ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes this expanded edition of Wreck This Journal, a subversive illustrated book that challenges readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book--or destroy them.Through a series of creative and quirky prompts, acclaimed guerilla artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in destructive acts--poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more--in order to experience the true creative process. With Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art- and journal-making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.To create is to destroy. Happy wrecking!