2:30 PM to 2:55 PM
The Story Behind Pete the Cat
Award-winning artist and Illustrator, James Dean, will talk about the real Pete the Cat, the inspiration for the series of wildly popular children’s books. The actual Pete may have single-pawedly saved Mr. Dean from an unsatisfactory career as an electrical engineer. Kimberly Dean partners with her husband to create hip new adventures for their iconic groovy cat. Questions welcomed about the world of picture books and children’s literature, as well as, about their collaboration.
About Kimberly and James Dean
In 2004, Kimberly and James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children’s book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer and Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to make a living selling art in a tent at local festivals. Kim made clay sculpture and James painted watercolor landscapes. One day in 1999 James painted his little black cat he had named Pete. Only he painted him blue instead of black. Soon all of his paintings were of Pete. Life since that day has been filled with strange and wonderful coincidences. Pete has brought magic into their lives. They work in side by side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with cats (Abbey, Audrey, Freda, Phoebe, and Bob) and a little pug named Emma.