Greetings from Oakland!

Book Tour, Books, Strange Material

It’s day three of our Make Your Voice heard tour, and Kim Werker and I are working away at a Peet’s Coffee Shop in Oakland, California.

Yesterday we had a fabulous day of touring San Francisco with artist Sonya Philip who gave a true tour with stops at Scrap San Francisco (@scrapsf), a non-profit urban recycling centre focused on reuse for artists, teachers and makers and food stops at famous Tartine Bakery and tacos in the Mission District (which are just famously delicious).

Following our first event at The Booksmith in Haight Ashbury, SF (see pic above) with Rena Tom, we were hosted by Lisa Congdon at Diesel Bookstore, a wonderful bookstore here in Oakland, California. It was a thrill to hash out topics of creativity, creative demons, ‘women’s work’, and creating in the age of social media with these amazing smart women to a full house in Oakland.

We also snuck in a mac & cheese dinner with the amazing knit lit author Rachael Herron, who is a total delight to talk to about life, writing, knitting and all things in-between. My head is spinning from such a wonderful couple of days. I’ve been instagramming my favourite moments as they happen.

Both bookstores are really perfect bookstores in the sense that they love books and the people who write them – we spent our time before the panel at Diesel writing on their lists of “10 Books that Influenced Your Life”. With handwritten shelf talkers (the recommendation cards that stick out from bookshelves) and attentive staff, both are prime examples of  why we need small bookstores to thrive and flourish – there’s a personal care that you receive as both an author or a reader that a big box store or online retailer just can’t replicate. I heart independent booksellers (and if you do too, check out Diesel’s Indiegogo for a refurb after 25 years).

Part of our adventure at Scrap SF was collecting materials for our workshop tonight at MakeShift Society San Francisco. Kim will be leading participants through creating their own Mighty Ugly Creature, I will follow this up with some creativity prompts, and Betsy will finish our Round Robin with her own thoughts on sewing and psychology. There’s still a few spots left, and you can register here.

Tomorrow, we’ll be catching a fight to be part of a panel at Powell’s City of Books in Portland for Design Week and a workshop with MakerNation. For details of Portland, Seattle, and our other tour stops, visit my event page.

California, here we come!

Book Tour, Books, Events, Textiles, Writing Life

A yarn bombing of Union Square by IshKnits, 2013

In less than 24 hours, Betsy Greer, Kim Werker and I will be in San Francisco! We’re so pleased to be starting our multi-city author tour Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism of North America to celebrate our three new books. I hope that you’ll be able to come join us at an event, as not only will there be our trifecta of voices but we have some truly amazing people moderating our conversations!

Here’s where we will be (and who we will be with!) in the Bay Area:

Our Host in San Francisco Rena Tom

Makeshift Founder, craft & small business sage, and marketing editor of Anthology Magazine Rena Tom will be our host in San Francisco. 

SAN FRANCISCO – panel discussion
Wednesday, October 1st, 7:30pm. Free!
Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
Moderated conversation with Rena Tom
RSVP on Facebook

Lisa-6_lowres

Artist and illustrator extraordinaire Lisa Congdon (and author of the recently released Art Inc.) will be our host in Oakland. 

OAKLAND – panel discussion
Thursday, October 2nd, 7pm. Free!
Diesel Bookstore, Oakland, CA
Moderated conversation with Lisa Congdon
RSVP on Facebook

MakeShiftSociety

Lovely Makeshift Society – where we’ll be teaching creative workshops in Brooklyn and San Francisco! I’ll be teaching some writing methods to loosen your brain and ego for creative projects and I promise that it will fun and *not scary*!

SAN FRANCISCO – creativity workshop!
Friday, October 3rd, 6:30pm
MakeShift Society, San Francisco, CA
Hands-on Workshop (Purchase here!)

Betsy Greer will tour in support of Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Activism (Published May 2014). I will share Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (Brand new tomorrow! October 1 2014). Kim Werker will tour in support of Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty (September 2014).

Following the Bay Area, we will be travelling for panels and workshops in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver BC, Toronto, Philly (details pending), Boston, Brooklyn and DC. See the full tour line-up here: http://www.leanneprain.com/events.

Book Tour Announced!

Book Tour, Books, Events, Workshop, Writing Life

I’m thrilled to announce the details of my fall book tour with fellow authors Betsy Greer and Kim Werker.

Our brilliant publishers Arsenal Pulp Press & Sasquatch Books have partnered to send us on an incredible fall tour where we’ll visit 12 venues in eight different cities across the US & Canada. We’ll be participating in panels on craft, creativity, design and activism, and we’ll also be teaching hands-on workshops. In our workshops, we’ll be doing somewhat of a crafting ’round-robin’ and for my portion, I’ll be teaching story techniques for artists of all kinds, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.

I have to say that I’m in somewhat disbelief that this tour has come together is such a cohesive way. It had germinated as a half-thought that I had scratched onto a scrap of paper while working late at the night on a draft of my book, “Talk to Betsy and Kim about going on a book tour.”

A few weeks after, I shyly mentioned the idea to Kim while meeting for sushi and she responded enthusiastically. Now, six months later, we actually have a tour schedule with an amazing roster of designers, curators, and artists as hosts. We’re all amazed at how this has come together.

Here’s the nitty-gritty of our tour:

Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism

Betsy Greer will tour in support of Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Activism (Published May 2014). Leanne Prain will share Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (Forthcoming October 2014). Kim Werker will tour in support of Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty (Forthcoming September 2014).

As event times are confirmed, I’ll be updating details on the Upcoming Events page of my website. In addition to my travels with Betsy and Kim, I’ll be participating in additional events on my own in Vancouver, Courtenay, and Seattle and they’ll be listed there as soon as I confirm with the venues.