VIRTUAL: Jerome Pumphrey and Monica Wesolowska | Elbert in the Air


Jerome Pumphrey and Monica Wesolowska will appear to discuss their new book Elbert in the Air.

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to join the event.
  • NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet at a sufficient bandwidth. If you have not used Zoom before, don't worry: It's easy! Here's a quick reference guide to help you get oriented: Getting Started with Zoom

We're delighted to partner with Jerome and Monica to offer custom bookplates designed by Jerome and signed by both Jerome and Monica, while supplies last!


 Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 5:00 PM Central Time

We work hard to bring events to our community for free, because connecting readers with authors is central to our mission. But these programs are not free for us to put on! If you’re interested in attending this event, we hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of Elbert in the Air from our bookshop.

Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

About the Creators:

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life and the picture book Leo + Lea. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford Continuing Studies and lives in Berkeley with her husband and two boys.

Jerome Pumphrey is a designer, illustrator, and writer. He studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Austin and has worked as a technical writer, freelance graphic designer, and illustrator. Since 2016 he has been a graphic designer at The Walt Disney Company where he uses design and illustration to visually tell stories in print, digital, and immersive experiences for Disney global business development. Together with his brother, Jarrett, Jerome is a creator multiple books, including The Old TruckThe Old Boat, and Creepy Things Are Scaring Me. Jerome lives in Florida with his family. 


Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to use our curbside pickup program, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

International shipping can run from $25-50US in addition to the cost of the book and can take up to 3 months to reach its destination. Additionally, we can only ship to certain regions and countries. If you'd like to pursue international shipping, please email

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 5:00pm
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Elbert in the Air By Monica Wesolowska, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593325209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - February 21st, 2023

A heartwarming story about unconditional love and rising above those who stand in the way of being who you are.