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The Civil War of Amos Abernathy by Michael Leali

Hello, Michael Leali! For a few weeks before we met in person for the first time, multiple people told me about an AMAZING children’s bookseller at Anderson’s Bookshop. They were all right! You talk about books from the heart. Three years later, I’m OVERJOYED you’re here to celebrate your debut novel, The Civil War of Amos Abernathy . Let’s start with a tour of Ariel Vittori’s cover illustration and Corina Lupp’s cover design. Michael Leali: I’m obsessed with everything Ariel and Corina did to bring Amos Abernathy to life. Seeing him front and center, wearing his orange LGBTQ+ pride t-shirt, gave me total chills the first time I saw it. Honestly, it still does. Slung around his shoulder is his trusty haversack, a large canvas bag, where he keeps his prized journal of letters and research. On the left side of Amos is one of my favorite features of the cover: an illustration of a photograph of Albert D.J. Cashier, the real-life Union soldier from Illinois who is central to Amos finding h

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