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Book giveaway: My parasol textbook!

I'm doing my first-ever book giveaway over on Goodreads, three copies of Sticks in Petticoats: Parasol Manufacture for the Modern Costumer! The giveaway is open for entries from now through midnight on Wednesday, July 9, and is open to Goodreads members who are US residents.

I wrote the book in 2007, because when i developed the graduate level course i teach in costume accessory production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, i knew i wanted to include a parasol project, but there literally was no published text that addressed the methods for doing such a thing. I decided to fill that niche myself, and POD publishing was just getting off the ground so i was able to bring it to the (admittedly limited) readership with help from a friend and textbook editor, David Zubkoff. The excellent Ryan A. S. Jones of Rytography provided some lovely illustrations as well.

I've mentioned on here before that in addition to the "day job" of theatrical costuming, i also write fiction, essay, memoir, and poetry, and received my MFA in creative writing in 2013. I find myself in the position of wanting to expand the writerly part of my career beyond the scope of labricoleuse and industry-related technical writing, so i've been pursuing a range of related projects of late. I recently launched my professional author website for the wider range of my work, and i have actually published enough things for Goodreads to grant me an Author Page. If you're on there, let's connect! And, don't forget to enter the giveaway, too. :D

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sticks in Petticoats by Rachel E. Pollock

Sticks in Petticoats

by Rachel E. Pollock

Giveaway ends July 09, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Crafts assistant and MFA alum '14 Candy McClernan adjusts the lining on an antique parasol frame for Playmakers Repertory Company's 2010 production of The Importance of Being Earnest


Ooh! I've gone and entered. I have a couple of antique parasols and umbrellas that are on the list to be re-covered.