Want to Bid on Alan Gratz's Piggy Banks at Binc's Bank on Booksellers Auction? Better Get Cracklin!
Authors, illustrators, and other celebrities from the book industry and beyond have gone the extra mile for the return of #BankOnBooksellers. More than 90 heroes have decorated piggy banks for the auction which will begin on September 9 and ends September 15. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to win one-of-a-swine artwork and help booksellers through emergencies at the same time! The auction kicks off at Noon EST on Sept. 9 and will feature a launch party with all of the piggy banks on display from 5 to 7 pm at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor. This is a great opportunity to see all of the piggy banks in person and also coincides with the Kerrytown Book Festival!
If you can’t make it out to Michigan, no worries! All of the pigs will be posted on the auction website and will be available for bidding until Noon EST on Sept. 15. Contact Binc for more information on the auction and for downloadable cards and flyers to promote the auction to your customers.
Beloved bestselling author Alan Gratz (Refugee, Grenade) decorated pigs for the auction and shares with us his very punny experience. He also allowed a sneak peek at his creations.
"I had the idea to cover my pigs with pig-pun book titles, like "Sow and the Fury." I had a few good ideas, but the best way to REALLY get a great list of pig books was to crowd-source it! I went on Facebook and invited my friends to give me their best pig-pun book titles, and boy, did they go hog wild. The Snoutsiders. A Tail of Two Piggies. Bright Lights, Big Piggy. Lord of the Swine (or Lard of the Flies, your pick). A Wrinkle in Swine. Catcher in the Sty. Frankenswine. The Pig Sleep. A Sausage to India. A Farewell to Farms. Boar and Peace. Swine and Punishment. As I Lay Frying. Silence of the Hams. The Loin, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Jurassic Pork. And Hamlet and Pigmalion, of course. I got so many I couldn't hope to use them all. Maybe next year's BINC banks...?
I didn't trust my own brushmanship, so I paid a visit to my local craft store. There I acquired letter stickers, paint (for the background), and gloss to paint over them all. I spent a weekend binge-watching BBC mysteries while I painted my pigs and then carefully placed each of the little letter stickers on them with tweezers. When that was done, I coated them twice over with a clear finish, so my sticker-work wouldn't fly away. I'm very happy with the result. They were definitely worth the truffle. I hope they bring home the bacon for BINC!"