Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

New Book Features "Eyes of India" and Work of Milwaukee Kids

Lake Effect's Nathan Royster speaks with Michael Greer about "The Eyes of India."

Art is often a leap of faith - an innate belief that your painting, or your music, or writing is going to touch people the way you intended. 

But writer - and artist - Michael Greer has found a way to better stack the deck in his favor.  As he wrote his new middle-grade novel, The Eyes of India, he turned for help to students at his daughter's Milwaukee school. 

The students - 5th through 8th graders at Woodlands School - helped create the illustrations in the book and helped shape the story, as well.

The book takes on some difficult subjects and tries to capture an Indian sensibility - and Greer was concerned that his treatment of the topics would reach his audience as he intended.

"I really wanted something, to be able to have a book that my daughter could read and just give some different ideas about what happens when you die." - Michael Greer

Greer and his wife, fellow author-illustrator Andrea Skyberg will talk about creating books and collaboration Friday evening at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee.