by Taylor Maurand for The Montclarion/East Bay Times Not every artist can say her career has had a truly revolting beginning and have that be a good thing. Dimond district resident Kristen Caven’s (rhymes with “cabin”) recently-released memoir, “Perfectly Revolting: My ‘Glamorous’ Cartooning Career” is a story that has its roots on the Mills College […]
In my novel, The Souls of Her Feet, the downtrodden protagonist’s life changes, as in every Cinderella story, when a Fairy Godmother appears in her life. But in this version, the “godmother” is also her real-life, legitimate godfather — the former best friend of her deceased parents. I chose to make this traditionally female character […]
I just won a scholarship to the Impact Hub in Oakland! Office hours throughout July and August. And maybe some workshops, coming soon!
October has been a busy, super-creative, and delicious month this year! The themes are BOOKS, BAKED GOODS, and VIDEOS… I’ve been: Booksigning & Buy-the-Book Month for The Bullying Antidote… Doin’ Zumba Polka at Dimond’s Oaktoberfest… Rooting for the Athletics with a Walk-off Pie viral video… Enjoying books with pies & cakes at CWC’s LitCake… …and […]
This summer I won a great honor… first place in the California Writers Club’s annual literary dessert contest!
The cake I made was a collaborative effort with my family; we’d made it once before for a baking contest for the teen program at Chabot Science Center. The cake represented HAL 9000, the passive-aggressive supercomputer from the Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001… and since it was powered by technology (an iPod spouting lines from the movie), it drowned out all the other cakes with its awesomeness.
Though I’m actually an original GenX-er, I got to be an honorary baby boomer in The Monthly in October. The quotations sounded somewhat intelligent, so I excerpted them here… with illustrations! “Cartooning is actually theater that hasn’t happened on stage yet,” says Caven. “I love the written word and language. Cartoons are like little idea containers.” […]
Volume Ten • September, 2013 “You can stop looking now. If you are looking for the definitive book on bullying, you have found it…” Our long-awaited bullying book hit the bookshelves this summer! We spoke to Kristen’s writers club on Father’s Day, affirming the importance of warm-hearted fathering and sharing some stories about our path to publication. In July, we launched the […]
Did you see my picture in The College? Hmm, which book to choose? One reviewer says this about The Reason She Left: “Current or former students of St. John’s College – the “Great Books School” – will especially enjoy this book, with it’s knowing references to the curriculum…The author has a open-minded, alternative way of […]
Our first bookstore appearance is next Tuesday at Laurel Books! We can’t wait to show everyone around the book and start talking about our “unified field theory” of bullying. ———— In this timely book on how positive parenting can immunize children from the bullying dynamic, leading self-esteem educator Louise Hart Ed.D. and her daughter, author Kristen Caven, […]
Scene from The Souls of Her Feet book launch at Simply Green Day Spa. After all those months and years of working with the story, to hear someone else holding everyone in suspense was a unique and unexpected triumph. I found myself giggling inappropriately during the sad part….