We are focusing primarily on New Orleans and its environs for sale of this book. We expect some trickle of sales in cities where significant New Orleans communities have sprung up (Austin, Atlanta) and we hope to sell the book in our home territory of Seattle, but we are focusing more than usual on New Orleans with our events and marketing. We will be launching buddyzooka.com to help market the site and plan to offer music downloads here too. The book will kick off with a big Earth Day event in New Orleans and an event in connection with Faulkner House. Tracey has been holding events based on the Buddy Zooka story for the last two Earth Days, so this is a natural time to launch the book. Soon after Earth Day is the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Around that time we plan to hold events that include live music based on the soundtrack she's put together. Actors will come in costume as some of the characters, and the event will have a celebratory Mardi Gras feel. We also plan to do performances and readings in nearby towns during June. Tracey is an energetic person who, through many years of teaching art in middle school, knows her target reader well. She also knows how to celebrate her New Orleans culture while imparting a serious message. We are angling to have the book become a favorite for tourists who want to bring a gift home for the kids.
Tracey Davis, aka Tracey Tangerine, is a teacher in New Orleans' public school system. She wrote Buddy Zooka while in exile from Katrina in Portland, OR, and has been putting on plays and performances based on the story at schools around the city. She has also created music based on the story, featuring an original song by Charmaine Neville.