Promoting his debut novel, blues artist Shawn Amos will visit Whose Books on Saturday

Shawn Amos recently published his first book, Cookies and Milk. Image courtesy of Whose Books.

Blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player Shawn Amos will visit Whose Books on Saturday to promote his debut novel, Cookies and Milk.

The novel, aimed at 8-12 year olds, tells the story of Ellis Johnson, an 11-year-old boy who reluctantly spends his summer helping his father open a bakery. According to description of the novel“Along the way, Ellis discovers a family mystery he’s determined to solve, the power of community, and a newfound faith in himself.”

The book is based in part on Amos’ own upbringing. His father, Wally Amos, founded “Famous Amos”, a cookie brand now part of the Keebler family of products. The first Famous Amos store opened when Amos was 8, with the help of a loan backed by Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy. His mother, Shirley “Shirl-ee May” Amos, was a blues singer before Shawn was born.

Shawn Amos grew up to be a musician himself. He now has nine studio albums and production credits on over 400 songs.

Amos will be at Whose Books at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He will read aloud from Cookies and Milk and performs some of his songs. The tour is part of Whose Books’ Community Story Time series, which aims to give children a free and positive introduction to reading.

Whose books are located at 1300 S. Polk in Oak Cliff.

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