A FATHER/DAUGHTER ART SHOW AND BOOK SIGNING!
Greg and Zola Zeri Live In Person! Showing Art! Signing Books! Telling Stories!
Sunday, October 7th 4-5PM
This event is free and open to the public. Please purchase copies of the book at Inkwood in order for it to be signed by the author and please purchase art so Zola doesn't have to live with her parents anymore (unless she wants to...then just buy her art so she has gas money).
ABOUT THE BOOK: Gail Ruffu was a rookie trainer known for her unconventional methods and ability to handle dangerous horses. When she became part owner of an untamed thoroughbred named Urgent Envoy, everything changed. After Urgent Envoy showed real promise, her co-owners forced Gail to speed up training and race him too early, causing the horse to develop a hairline fracture. Refusing to drug the horse to keep it running, Gail lost Urgent Envoy to her co-owners, who pushed the horse even harder. One more race would kill him. When nobody heeded her warnings, Gail had to act. So on Christmas Eve, she rescued her own horse. A modern-day outlaw, Gail evaded private investigators and refused to give the horse up. Blacklisted by the racing world, she learned the law at night to take on a powerful L.A. attorney determined to crush her in court. As she stood up for the humane treatment of racehorses, she also faced down the system that caused their demise.
In this gorgeous graphic biography, G. Neri, author of the acclaimed Yummy and Tru & Nelle, retells the life of his cousin Gail, a pioneer who challenged the horse racing world for the sake of one extraordinary horse. With illustrations by brilliant newcomer Corban Wilkin, it is a must-read for horse lovers everywhere.
READ ABOUT GREG'S BOOK, GHETTO COWBOY, BECOMING A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
G. NERI is the Eisner-nominated, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, which Flavorwire hailed as one of the top twenty-five essential graphic novels of all time. He has written ten books for young people, including the soon-to-be-a-major motion picture, Ghetto Cowboy, starring Idris Elba. His books have been translated into multiple languages in more than twenty-five countries. Mr. Neri lives in Tampa with his wife and daughter. For more information, visit his website at gneri.com.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Zola Neri is a graduate of Blake High School for the Arts. This work was done in her year abroad in Montreal and Vancouver.