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September 15, 2012


A Night at the Museum

May 21, 2012

We were honored to participate in an Educator’s Evening to celebrate the opening of the major MAYA 2012: LORDS OF TIME exhibit at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. This fascinating exhibition tackles head-on the hype and misinformation surrounding the 2012 “phenomenon” and explodes the most common myths. Among the highlights for us were a Print-Out-Your-Maya-Name machine, a wonderful jade carving of the maize god cradled in a seashell, and many recorded interviews with contemporary Maya people.

Thrilled to see our Maya king costume displayed amongst ancient in the spectacular museum rotunda.

Demonstrating Maya multiplication

Write your name in Maya glyphs

Jamison & Jackson

May 21, 2012

Two young readers of great taste and discernment at the Chatham Community library in Pittsboro, NC.

A big thank you!

May 21, 2012

It’s arrived! Jon’s prize for winning Gibson’s “Right to Rock” song writing competition is here! It’s a custom-made Les Paul, and among its many cool features are the #26 inlaid on the 12th fret and the bullet casing on the nut cover.  These are in reference to the 26 heavily armed federal agents who raided the Gibson factory. Most importantly, it’s killer – plays and sounds fab!

Thanks so much to all of you who voted for my song. If you want to hear it again, click here:

Gibson organized this competition to raise awareness of their unfair treatment by the Feds. (To read Gibson’s view click here: )

There are only seven guitars like it in existence. Here they are in production.

Sneak Peek: Book Three Illustrations

May 21, 2012

The River of no Return

“A light aircraft was heading straight toward them over the Black Pyramid.”

“’Score!’ roared the crowd, leaping to their feet.”

“The eyeballs on his necklace were popping like corks under pressure.”

“The zombies are here.”

Copyright J&P Voelkel 2012


March 7, 2012

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally did our first skype school visit!  With a little arm twisting from Louisiana School Librarian of the year, Elizabeth Kahn, we celebrated Teen Tech Week with the students of Patrick F. Taylor Academy in New Orleans. The students made it great fun and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Best advice from seasoned author/skypers was to relax, have plenty of props to hand, and introduce your pets! (Sadly, our two cats went into hiding for the duration.) But we were able to share the manuscript in progress for Book 3, some new illustrations, and a view of the snow in Vermont.

Paperback Launch in the Big Apple

February 28, 2012

On 2/28/2012, we launched the paperback edition of Jaguar Stones Book Two: The End of the World Club at the flagship Barnes & Noble  on 86th and Lexington in New York City. Here we are with Elizabeth Law, our editor at Egmont USA, just before the presentation. We had so much fun with a room full of sixth and seventh graders, and a plate of mealworms.

Loved this cool release day review from DDG Booksellers