Joanne Shwed at Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed


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To see the catalog of our own published books, select the Products tab. Here are a few of them:

Carpet Creatures: Tales from the Deep Pile

$8 (paperback)
Available on Amazon

It all started with a carpet and a sketchpad. Storyteller Joanne Shwed has created compelling vignettes of fictional characters, each living in a moment of time. Based on portraits by illustrator Thomas A. Ekkens, who was inspired by the play of light and shadow in carpets, Joanne spins her yarns cleverly with a twist at the ends.

To read about this project and join in the Carpet Creatures fun, please visit the TAE Gallery website. To read and download the Yarn Scraps newsletter, which showcases writing from Joanne and others about the Carpet Creatures, please visit the TAE Gallery website, scroll down, and select “Link to Yarn Scraps newsletter (latest edition).”

 

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Backpocket Crosswords: Handmade Puzzles 

$8 (paperback) 
$12 (spiral-bound)
Available on Amazon

The idea to publish a puzzle book began at an outdoor festival where Joanne enjoyed the music and worked on one of her favorite hobbies: creating crossword puzzles. Before long, a crowd gathered around her and she noticed how much interest her hobby created.

Many years later, while Joanne and her husband Tom Ekkens waited for his radiation treatments, they (and others in the waiting room) worked on the clues for the first crossword puzzle book, which seemed to calm their nerves, raise their spirits, and even get a couple of laughs.

Backpocket Crosswords (Volume 2): Handmade Puzzles

$12 (spiral-bound)
Available on Amazon

The impetus for making the second crossword puzzle book came from a fellow editor who told Joanne how much she and her husband enjoyed doing Joanne's first volume of crossword puzzles and wondered if a second puzzle book was in the works. She fanned the fire within Joanne and ultimately helped create many of the clues.