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Coloring book inspired by 'Painting for Peace in Ferguson'

Coloring book inspired by 'Painting for Peace in Ferguson'

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It seems like everyone is jumping on the coloring book bandwagon these days (I just saw one inspired by Vogue, not to mention special interests such as "Cats in Paris").

Coloring books have been so popular that an increase in adult book sales last year has been attributed to these supposedly calm-inducing pastimes. Just last week Publishers Weekly reported that sales of trade paperbacks rose 31.4 percent in November 2015 over November 2014. (Meanwhile, e-books — harder to color — dropped 14.9 percent.)

But it totally makes sense to turn "Painting for Peace in Ferguson" into a coloring book. Amateur artwork on boarded-up buildings is what inspired the children's book. 

Some of the drawings in the 52-page coloring book, which goes on sale May 24, will mimic the images in the original book by Carol Swartout Klein. Others will be original artwork by Robert O'Neil, the book's illustrator. Some of the pages in "Painting for Peace" are geared toward kids and others will be complex enough for adults. 

Klein has donated more than $4,000 to organizations from the sales of her original book. Profits from the coloring book will also go to small business in Ferguson and to youth organizations. 

The coloring book from local Treehouse Publishing will cost $9.95.

In the meantime, Klein is also planning an art installation this fall involving painted boards from the windows of Ferguson businesses. This August will be the two-year anniversary of sometimes destructive protests over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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