When not researching state reptiles and outsider art, Gabrielle takes many (MANY) photo booth photos with her children. Always with effects. 

When not researching state reptiles and outsider art, Gabrielle takes many (MANY) photo booth photos with her children. Always with effects. 

Contact me at gsbwrites [@] gmail [dot] com to arrange an author visit, ask about my research process, weigh in on whether or not I should grow my bangs, and anything else.

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Gabrielle Balkan, Author
c/o Quarto Books
142 West 36th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10018

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Gabrielle Balkan is a writer and editor, mostly of children's books, living in Brooklyn, New York, mostly with her husband, daughters, and orange cat. She once wrote a poem and summers in Germantown, New York.

Previously, she was studied English and education at Barnard College in New York, New York. Thesis topic? Mrs Dalloway. Prior, she was a Broad Ripple (go Rockets!) high school student in Indianapolis, Indiana. Favorite subject? Shoup-about: an independent writing course with the author of Looking for Jack Kerouac. Before, she was in junior high at Inter Community School in Zurich, Switzerland. Favorite reading? Everything by Diana Wynne Jones, especially Dogsbody. And first, she was born to an English teacher and Chemist, right around Christmastime, on an Army base in Augusta, Georgia. Delivery cost? $12.53.

Gabrielle has sold posters to college students from Rochester, NY to Rome, GA; taught 9th grade summer school students to write obituaries for Romeo and Juliet characters; kept track of photo shoot budgets for WWD and W Magazine; data entried; sat diners; pulled weeds; read law texts to the blind; was a book buyer for the Scholastic Reading Clubs, a commissioning editor for Scholastic Paperbacks, and the Director of Communications for City and Country School. She should not be hired to copy edit. She's quite bad at that.

The 50 States was written in coffee shops, bookstores, and libraries in Brooklyn, Germantown, Mishawaka, South Bend, Tubac, and Tucson. Gabrielle and Sol spent the summer of 2015 putting the finishing touches on The 50 States Activity Book and The 50 States Puzzle Book, both of which will be available in Fall 2016. Now, the team is hard at work on a follow-up: 50 Cities, for fall 2017. Also for fall 2017, Gabrielle, illustrator Sam Brewster, and the good people at Phaidon are creating a picture book on animal bones. 

Gabrielle is also the author of The Dog Rules and The Dog Rules: A New Pig in Town, written as the somewhat temperamental parrot, Coco LaRue; both illustrated by Kyla May, both written in Brooklyn.  

Care for more info? Contact me at gsbwrites [@] gmail [dot] com with questions.