Monday, December 15, 2008

San Rafael Elementary School Reading (Wed. Jan. 14th)!

Hi again!
Following Gillian's San Rafael Library reading and Q&A she was asked to meet the Principal of the San Rafael Elementary School.  The kids responded so well to Sparky's story that Principal Alyson Beecher asked her to come back to read for a few different grade levels on Wednesday, January 14th!  Very good news!!!

Reading, signing, Q & A for "Book Club"
90+ Students will attend in Student Auditorium
4th & 6th Graders 12PM - 12:45PM
1st & 2nd Graders 1PM - 2PM

San Rafael Elementary School
1090 Nithsdale Road
Pasadena, CA 91105
Principal, Alyson Beecher

Contact: Adriana Rosales, Library Coordinator

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gillian Invited to be on the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Advisory Board!

Gillian has been asked by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society President, Tony Todaro to be a full member of the GLAWS Advisory Board.  Also, to Chair the monthly Book Appearances at different retail stores.  The Advisory Board consists of members and Industry professionals who wish to make a positive contribution by offering constructive advice and feedback in areas of society's operations.  The Advisory Board meets separately each month from the general meeting to discuss business, new issues and make recommendations to the Executive Board.   The Advisory Board also is the Nominating Committee for the Executive Board.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
P.O. Box 2276
Redondo Beach, CA

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gillian Joining forces with The Wonder of Reading!

Great New Cause for Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic!

During the Grand Opening of the Euclid Avenue Elementary School Dec. 5th Gillian was asked by THE WONDER OF READING's Program Coordinator, Eliza Karagezian to join with them in their efforts to inspire in children the love of reading!  Their mission is to have a significant impact on reading in Southern California elementary schools.  Of course Gillian said YES!
Beginning in early 2009 Gillian will participate with as many of the schools as she possibly can and is honored to do so!

The Wonder of Reading furthers it's purpose through the 3R Program (Renovate, Restock and Read).  The Wonder of Reading has successfully renovated 200 libraries, overseen the purchase of more than $2,000,000 worth of new books and trained nearly 5,000 volunteers to read to kids on a weekly basis.  The Wonder of Reading focuses on Los Angeles's most disadvantaged children.  The 3R Program not only benifits today's students: it puts in place resources that teachers and students can count on for years.

The Wonder of Reading
5371 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-934-5540 (O)
866-621-1968 (F)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sparky Reading & Signing at Private Residence!

This new and exciting news for Sparky the Wonderfish!  Gillian has been booked to read and sign Sparky for 10 women and their kids at a private residence on December 14th at 1:00PM in Studio City, Los Angeles.  The ladies will be enjoying coffee and cake and Gillian will read Sparky the Wonderfish to their children, give out stickers and gifts and everyone will color Sparky coloring pages!

This is great fun!  If you would like to book Gillian for a private party, she would LOVE it!!!  Gillian can bring as many books as you'd like as well as gifts and clothing of all kinds...  Check out this link to see what your choices are!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Grand Opening Library Event! (Friday, Dec. 5th)

Gillian has been invited to attend the Grand Opening of a new state-of-the-art library for the Euclid Avenue School in Los Angeles.  It will be held at 9:00am on Friday.  There will be a ribbon cutting and Press will attend.  Gillian has been asked to do a reading and signing of her picture book, Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic.  Please come join us in the festivities!!!
Friday, December 5th 2008
Starting at 9:00am
Euclid Avenue Elementary School
806 Euclid Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Ph 323-263-6792
Fax 323-780-7992
Contact: Miriam Phelps-Cammon

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Five Pasadena Readings Booked! (December 2nd, 3rd, 4th)

• Tuesday December 2 at 11:00am
San Rafael at 1240 Nithsdale Road
Contact: Leonard Lane or Mary Wilde at 626-744-7270
• Wednesday December 3 at 10:15am and 11:00am
Hastings at 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
Contact: Michael Pierce or Joanna Perez at 626-744-7262
• Thursday December 4 at 10:30pm
Allendale at 1130 S. Marengo Ave.
Contact: Veronica Fuentas or Nvart Stepanian at 626-744-7260
•Thursday December 4 at 3:30pm
Lamanda Park at 140 S. Altadena Drive
Contact: Pat Smith or Cherie Johnston at 626-744-7266

Major contact: Pam Gaggioli  Email:  Ph: 626-744-4045

Monday, October 6, 2008

Gillian Speaking on Marketing Panel! (Sat. Nov. 15th)

(Saturday Nov. 15th, 3:00pm)
Gillian will be on a panel of 7 authors chosen to discuss their successful marketing strategies and promotions.  GLAWS will present TWO consecutive panels on the subject.  One will be of industry experts, and the second will be of published and self-published authors, who will discuss what every writer needs to do to promote themselves and their work on a local and national level.
Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Barnes & Noble Storytime Reading / Signing!!! (Nov. 8th 2:00PM)

Gillian will be Reading & Signing Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic for Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  A Storytime Event, Saturday, November 8th at 2:00pm.  She will be reading her book, handing out stickers and coloring pages, followed by a signing of her books.  There will be 6 weeks of publicity leading up to the event.  Please come join us in the fun!
Location:  Westside Pavilion
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
10850 W. Pico Blvd.
LA, CA 90064
Ph:  310-475-3138
Contact:  Mr. AJ Jackson  Email:

Boys & Girls Club of Venice Fundraiser Oct. 17th

Friday, October 17, 2008
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
6:30pm Cocktail Reception & Auction
7:30pm Dinner & Program
Ends 9:30p,

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice will be auctioning a Sparky the Wonderfish Gift Basket in support of their 3rd Annual Westside Champion of Youth Dinner & Silent Auction. The support helps deliver exciting and educational programs to over 4000 youth each year.  Programs include Character & Leadership, Education & Career, Health & Life Skills, Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, Counseling and Meals & Snack Program.  Helping young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Sparky gift items to be auctioned include a signed Sparky book and Sparky merchandise; Baseball Cap, T-Shirt, Journal and a Book Bag.

Dinner Committee:
Madison Offenhauser & Teddy Seraphine, Dinner Co-Chairs

Main Contact: Erikk Aldridge  Email:  Ph: 310-390-4477
Marketing Director: Aileen Martinez  Email:  Ph: 310-574-5053
2232 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, Ca 90291

Santa Monica Library reading Main St. October 15th

Reading, Signing, Color Sparky and Q&A
Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00PM
2601 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Head Librarian/Branch Manager, Celia Carroll

Saturday, October 4, 2008

4 Class readings at Ocean Charter School - Festival of Books Oct. 15th

October 15th will be a very busy Sparky day!  I will be doing 4 class readings at the Ocean Charter School Festival of books from 9am to 12:15pm.
9am to 9:45am Ms. Julie, 3rd Grade
10am to 10:45am Ms. Tamar, 2nd Grade
11am to 11:30 am Ms. Fenswick, 3rd Grade
11:30am to 12:15pm Ms. Ashley, 1st Grade

Contact: Kristy Mack-Fett at 310-827-5511
12606 Culver Blvd.
LA,CA 90066


At 7:00pm I will be at the Santa Monica Library on Main St. doing a reading and Q & A for Sparky...  So please drop by, I would love to see you there at the library!  I think the kids will be coloring Sparky as well so it should be lots of fun!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Palms Library Readings October 4th

Palms Library reading and signing October 4th at 10:00AM
Sparky coloring session to preceed Gillian at the library
2920 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Contact: Senior Librarian Maggie L. Johnson 310-840-2142

Saturday, September 27, 2008

7th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair Sept. 28th

7th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair (called WeHo)
Sunday September 28th 10:00AM until 6:00PM
Gillian 2 hour signing booth F7 & 8 from 10:00AM until Noon
Noon until 6:00PM "Author's Row" booth E42-B
Contact @ WeHo: Roz Helfand 323-848-6515 email or

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Baker & Taylor Stock Sparky!

Sparky now available to all Bookstores and libraries through the Baker & Taylor warehouses.
Any Bookstore or library can now order and stock Sparky the Wonderfish through Baker & Taylor warehouses.  Baker & Taylor is the largest book and entertainment distributor.  They have been in business for 180 years.  They are the wholesaler of choice for retailers and libraries worldwide.

Borders Torrance Stock Sparky!

Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic Stocked at Borders Bookstore Torrance California.
3700 Torracne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
Contact: Book Buyer, Manuel Gonzales

Monday, September 15, 2008

June 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2007

Sparky the Wonderfish
will be at the
2007 Book Expo America, New York:
The premier event serving the
U.S. book publishing industry.

Author Gillian Lee Hutshing will be signing books on Sunday, June 3rd, from 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. at table 28 in
the event’s main autographing area, which is located on the Lower Exhibit Level at the Jacob Javits Center.

January Calendar

Monday, January 29th, 2007
GIllian will be reading Sparky at the Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Beginning at 8:45 AM.

5927 La Granada Ave., Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 92067
Phone: 858-756-1141
E-mail: Robin Vinson

December Calendar

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
GIllian will be reading Sparky at an John L. Golden Elementary School in Rancho Cucamumga, CA.
5pm to 7:30 pm.

12400 Banyan Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91739
Phone Julie Mercadel: 951-707-7298

October Calendar

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Gillian doing Sparky book signing @ Borders Books
Brea, CA. 2 PM

429 South Associated Rd., Brea, CA. 92821
Phone: 714-672-0120

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Gillian doing Sparky book signing @ Borders Books
Arcadia, CA. 2 PM

400 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. 920-L, Arcadia, CA. 91007
Phone: 626-445-1320

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Gillian doing Sparky book signing @ Borders Books
Riverside, CA. 7 PM

3615 Riverside Plaza Drive, Riverside, CA. 91739
Phone: 909-646-7322

September Calendar

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Sparky book now available on, and

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Gillian doing a reading at Tesoro de Valle School
Santa Clarita, CA. 6-7:30 PM

29171 Bernardo Way, Valencia, CA 91354

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Press release circulated to over 150 media outlets announcing "Sparky the Wonderfish"
is now available worldwide.

August Calendar

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Sparky gifts and clothing now available!
Click the link.