For the project, participating students interview an older relative and write a story about an event from their family’s history. After stories have been selected for publication, some are sent to art teachers for their students to illustrate.
In “Don’t Mess With Granny!” Brian gives a vivid picture of his great-grandmother protecting her young family in the 1920s.
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, founded by authors and publishers Connie McIntyre and Fran Hamilton, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in St. Louis. In addition to its traditional paperback anthology, this year Grannie Annie will publish a PDF book, altogether publishing work by 74 students from 15 U.S. states and Moldova.
“What a joy it is to think of hundreds of families sharing stories through Grannie Annie again this year!” said Grannie Annie co-director Connie McIntyre. “Their stories spring from family histories rooted in every corner of the globe. Sharing the stories creates a rich labyrinth of connections, between family members and between families — who may have thought they had little in common.”
The young published authors and artists will be further honored at an author reading, art show, and book signing at Left Bank Books in St. Louis on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. The public is invited.
Complete details about The Grannie Annie project, including stories from previously published volumes, can be found at www.TheGrannieAnnie.org. Orders for the books can be placed online or by calling Portico Books toll free at 1-888-641-5353.