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#15 Rendezvous With A Writer DAY OF THE DEAD

October 21, 2021

#15 Rendezvous With A Writer DAY OF THE DEAD

Welcome to this week's Rendezvous With A Writer OutWest featured book round-up. Find these books, and many more like them, on our separate book website OutWest Shop Book Shop, an affiliate of We've curated book lists representing the complicated, compelling, and engaging culture, history and diversity of the American West. This week's featured book selections were posted on OutWest Shop Facebook during the week of October 13, 2021. Featured titles include books, activity and coloring books, and puzzles about the Day Of The Dead.
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ARE YOU READY?? THE DAY OF THE DEAD will be celebrated on November 1-2. Also known as Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a lively Mexican holiday that draws on indigenous and European traditions. ... Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.

Here are some items from the lists on our OutWest Shop Bookshop Affiliate PageDO YOU LIKE TO CREATE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY DECORATIONS? I have happy memories of our family making Christmas tree ornaments, dyeing Easter eggs, and carving pumpkins. These books will provide your family with lots of ideas for celebrating the DAY OF THE DEAD on November 1-2.
If you enjoy arts and crafts, you will love painting your own neon rocks! Everything needed is in this kit - four smooth rocks, paints, brushes, and designs to inspire you! Add colorful accents to your garden, houseplants, or room decor with your own flair of creativity. The kit includes four large river rocks, two acrylic paints, three neon paints, two paintbrushes, five dotting tools, and a step-by-step instruction book complete with full-color photos to help you paint eight stunning Day of the Dead neon designs. Tips, tricks, and handy hints will have you rocking this form of three-dimensional art!
Day Of The Dead Orgami
DAY OF THE DEAD ORIGAMI: Includes 20 Projects, 70 Festive Sheets of Origami Paper, and 20 Sheets for You to Color
Celebrate the Day of the Dead festivities with this innovative origami book! You'll find folding instructions for 20 designs, plus 70 sheets of origami paper in gorgeous patterns and 20 sheets for you to color yourself. Fold butterflies, flowers, sugar skulls and more with the included paper. An interesting introduction to The Day of the Dead leads into the art of origami and how the two things will work together to help you create beautiful crafts that honor this ancient holiday. You'll discover Dia de los Muertos-themed crafts and projects, including sugar skulls, Aztec-inspired flowers, flower crowns, Spanish boxes, standing fans, candy, and more.
Day of the Dead Activity Book

An ofrenda (altar) to punch out is the highlight of this collection of mazes, puzzles, and activities that explore holiday traditions. Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos is a vibrant fall holiday celebrated through the United States, Mexico and central America. In this award-winning activity book, readers explore an illustrated world illuminating the traditions and history of Day of the Dead through a series of mazes, puzzles and activities, using press out forms to create shrines and masks which can be decorated with the stickers included in the book, preparing readers young and old for this vibrant cultural celebration.
The Day of the Dead Drawing Book: Learn to Draw Beautifully Festive Mexican Skeleton Art

Get out your pencils and learn to draw the symbols of Día de los Muertos, from sugar skulls and butterflies to the iconic La Catrina and a skeleton mariachi band. Learn to create dazzling skeleton art inspired by the Mexican 'Day of the Dead' festival. This instructional drawing book includes 16 drawing projects with hauntingly beautiful scenes and characters, including:
- Traditional sugar skull designs
Dancing mariachi skeleton bands
- Elaborate shrines
- Famous characters from Mexican folklore
- And much more!
Beautifully hand-illustrated throughout, artist Maddy Brook provides clear information on materials and simple step-by-step tutorials. The techniques and projects are accessible for the absolute beginner as well as those with intermediate drawing skills. 
Celebrate Day Of The Dead 
CREATIVE HAVEN CELEBRATE! DAY OF THE DEAD COLORING BOOK. 31 intricate designs for the “experienced colorist” are printed on one side of each perforated page. Lift your "spirits" with this colorful celebration of the Mexican holiday in which families remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Created by David and Chris Edgerly, 31 elaborately detailed designs include iconic sugar skulls as well as dozens of whimsical skeletons, an important symbol of the festive event, in a variety of playful poses. 
Llewellyn's Little Book of the Day of the Dead 
Celebrate the revered Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos with this beautiful little book. Packed with activities, recipes, spells, and rituals, this pocket-sized guide is a must-have tool for honoring the sacred dead. Author Jaime Gironés shares authentic ways to respectfully enjoy this holiday, from creating an altar to baking pan de muerto (bread of the dead).
Gold Sugar Skull (Foiled Journal) 
GOLD SUGAR SKULL (FOILED JOURNAL) Created by Flame Tree Studio
There’s nothing like a new blank book! This beauty includes two ribbon bookmarks, a back pocket for storage, and a magnetic side flap. Oh, there are 176 pages for your thoughts. Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features a Gold Sugar Skull. 
Day Of The Dead Puzzle
Sugar skulls, papel picados, iconic figurines, and more come together in 1000 pieces. Completed puzzle is 27.5 X 19.5 inches.

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Who are we to be your guides? We are two sisters who grew up in a family that valued reading and encouraged an interest in history and the arts. Wendy spent her career with books. She worked as a children's librarian and as the buyer and manager of the children's department of an independent bookstore. A college major in literature introduced her to the classics of the American West.

Bobbi Jean and her husband, Jim, own OutWest Shop. She was the manager and buyer for a museum store before they started their own business. Bobbi Jean co-hosts The Writer's Block on LA Talk Radio, where she interviews authors of all types. The three other radio shows she hosts involve Western music and horses. Find podcasts of all her shows at OutWest Live!

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