Street Art Culture: NoKato Author and Mpls Comic Artist Read from Illustrated Book

Original Fake

SAINT PETER, MINN. – A reading, craft talk and illustration workshop celebrating the release
of Original Fake, a young adult novel about street art and sibling rivalry by North Mankato
author Kirstin Cronn-Mills with Minneapolis illustrator and comic book artist E. Eero Johnson,
will take place on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arts Center of Saint Peter.

Original Fake, to be released April 19 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, is Cronn-Mills’ third novel and
her first collaboration with Johnson, who is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel
The Outliers. Johnson’s illustrations have appeared in GQ, The New Yorker, Newsweek,
Wired, and The New York Times, and on several book covers.

The April 28 event will include readings from Original Fake, a presentation and discussion
about the craft of writing and illustration, and a guided writing and art activity for participants.
The event and activity are free. Refreshments will be served.

ORIGINAL FAKE synopsis:
Frankie Neumann hates his life, and understandably so. He’s got a weird sister (Lou),
even weirder parents (Bridget and Brett), and there’s no way he fits into a family full of
people who are ARTISTIC and COOL and TALENTED. He’s just Frankie, the guy who
makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta. His job is to stay in the background. Then Frank
meets David and Rory, cousins and errand runners for the mysterious Uncle Epic (a
legendary anonymous street artist in the Twin Cities) and Frank’s life suddenly gets
way more cool, and there’s way more art and way more fun things to do. He also
makes a plan to get back at his sister for a lifetime of badness, and things go haywire
quicker than you can say “street art kicks righteous ass.”

Original Fake was supported in part by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists’ Initiative Grant.
Arts Center readings are made possible by support from the State Arts and Cultural Heritage
Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature to KMSU Radio.

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