Tuesday, December 10, 2013


I have just finished working on the prototype of a new children's photo book. It traces the coming of age of a baby goose literally from egg to young adulthood. It tells a simple story in the goose's voice as he learns to walk, eat grass, swim, cross the road, and get along with other animals, all under the watchful tutelage of his Mom and Dad, with an extended family of grandparents, aunts and uncles looking on. Along the way, he has close encounters with squirrels, nutria and a very scary snake. My intention is to charm and amuse young readers (and their parents), but the book also contains some messages about families, nurture, growing up, and learning to function socially. The hero is a thoughtful and sensitive little goose who sometimes gets into trouble but always feels the love and protection of his family as he tries to figure out the world he was born into. Above all, he loves to have fun!

Monday, November 11, 2013


My presentation and reading of "Some Birds" at Octavia books went well, thanks mainly to some very bright and attentive kids who interacted with me as I showed and talked about the photos in my children's book. They were especially impressed by the Anhinga spreading his wings like a vampire, but also liked the Whistling Ducks kissing each other on the beak and the ducks trying to read the "No Fishing" signs in Audubon Park lagoon. Thanks to the parents who brought these wonderful kids, and to all who showed up to chat and buy the book. And a big thank you to Tom Lowenberg and Judith Lafitte for welcoming me and "Some Birds" to Octavia books.

For a video recap of my presentation click here:

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


My interview with Susan Larson on WWNO (89.9) aired Tuesday. Unaccustomed as I am by media appearances, I was s bit nervous at first, but Susan is a pro and immediately put me at ease. I was pleased with the final edited version, which eliminated all the hesitations and meanderings and made me sound more coherent than I probably am. But they couldn't change my French accent!

You can hear the interview on the WWNO site by following this link:

(My segment starts at 10:04 into the show if you want to skip ahead to it.)

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Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SOME-BIRDS-by-Sylvaine-Sancton/277423012401411

Monday, November 4, 2013


A big week for "Some Birds..."

• Last Saturday, I attended the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge and signed my book at three stands: Pelican Publishing, Alliance Française, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

• My interview with Susan Larson on WWNO (89.9) airs on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 pm; Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 pm; Sunday, Nov. 10, at noon. Also available via podcast on wwno.org.

• Signing at Barnes & Noble, 3414 Hwy 190, Ste. 10, Mandeville, LA 70471, on Friday, Nov. 8, 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

• Presentation and signing at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans 70115, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 

Friday, November 1, 2013


New Orleans's premier book maven, Susan Larson, interviewed me for her "Reading Life" show on WWNO last Monday. We talked about my new book "Some Birds..." and my work as a sculptor and painter. The recorded interview will be broadcast on Tuesday 11/5 at 1:30; Friday 11/8 at 7:30 pm; and Sunday 11/10 at noon. (Also available as podcast at wwno.org.) This Saturday, 11/2, I will be signing "Some Birds..." at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge at the Alliance Française stand, the Pelican Publishing stand, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) stand. Hope to see some of you there!

To buy "Some Birds..." now online:
Pelican Publishing

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Preparing to give a presentation/signing of "Some Birds..." at Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70002. Friday, October 18, 7 pm - 8:30 p.m. I will give an interactive presentation of the book and would love to have some book-loving kids to interact with—plus their parents and/or grandparents. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Peggy Scott Laborde of WYES-TVrecommended "Some Birds..." on her weekly culture and entertainment show "Steppin' Out" on October 11. It was great to get some media attention as my photo book for children begins to make its way into the bookstores. Word of mouth reaction has been great so far. I have a number of signings and presentations lined up, and would love to see you at one of them if you're in the area. Here's the schedule so far:

Friday, October 18: Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002—7pm-8:30pm

Saturday, November 2: Louisiana Book Festival on the Capitol mall in Baton Rouge, stand of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators—4-6 pm.

Friday, November 8: Barnes & Noble, 3414 Hwy 190, Ste. 10, Mandeville, LA 70471—3-5pm

Saturday, November 9: Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans, LA 70115—3-5pm

Monday, November 11: Country Day Book Week, Metairie Park Country Day School, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005—10-11am

For more details on "Some Birds..." follow this link:

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Saturday, September 14, 2013


I'm excited! My new children's photo book, "Some Birds..." (Pelican Publishing) has just come back from the printers and is available in a bookstore near you. I am preparing to do signings and presentations starting in early October. Please visit the Facebook page I have set up for "Some Birds...", befriend it, click the "like" button early and often, and tell your friends about it. Here's the link:

In addition to information about the book, you will find details about my author events at local bookstores. Please check it out, and come to my events. Some little one(s) you know will be glad you did.

Here is a description of the book from Amazon:

Learn about the funny lives of birds! Each species of bird is different. Some birds like to float along, others like to splash, and some like to fly up high while others fly down low. The author's amusing photographs capture the quirky characteristics of birds at work and at play in the New Orleans area. Pelicans, cormorants, ibises, among other local birds are featured in this delightful picture book. The book also includes a brief index of the birds and their habitats.
...And from the back cover:

Some birds are shy, and some birds are show-offs. Some birds make friends, some birds are copycats, and some birds even try to read. But all birds are beautifully featured in this sweet and simple book designed for children. Read along and learn about the funny lives of birds found in the New Orleans area, including pelicans, wood ducks, egrets, anhingas, and herons. This entertaining and educational introduction to the fascinating world of birds includes a brief index of the birds, their habits, and their habitats.

You can find the book in local bookstores, or order it online at the following sites:

Pelican Publishing



And please have a look at my website:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Some Birds..."

I have just put the finishing touches on my new book Some Birds..., which Pelican Publishing is bringing out in the fall. It is a 40-page photo book for children about birds, their habits and habitats. I hope kids (and parents) will find it charming, and educational. It has certainly been an educational experience for me to observe and photograph birds over the past two years. I am not really  a birder, but find birds beautiful and fascinating. I also learned a lot about different bird species while doing research for the glossary. I'm now thinking about the next book, which will probably enlarge the subject matter beyond birds. Stay tuned...

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and the book's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Some-Birds/277423012401411?skip_nax_wizard=true

Friday, March 8, 2013

Where are the Egrets?

I'm worried about the egrets. Last week, I was sure they were going to return to the island in Audubon Park as in years past. I spotted three  couples building nests and mating, so I was sure that baby egrets would be coming along in a matter of weeks. On arriving at the park last Tuesday, I was surprised by their absence from the island. Same thing on Wednesday. They seemed to have completely abandoned the site after beginning to nest and breed there. On Thursday, camera in hand, I ventured across the foot bridge and onto the golf course (which is allowed as long as the pedestrian takes full responsibility if he or she is brained by an errant golf ball). I was happy to find five egrets perched on the bare branches of trees on that side of the lagoon. But if they haven't abandoned the area, they have not yet settled into the nests that they had started to build on the island. I am still hoping to see them return en masse to that site. Stay tuned.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Have the Egrets returned?

While shooting birds in Audubon Park recently, I spotted four couples of great egrets. It was a welcome and unexpected sight. Until two years ago, the island in Audubon Park lagoon was covered this time of year with nesting egrets. Then a film crew arrived in the park with noise, bustle, and lights to shoot nocturnal scenes for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, one of the stupidest movies ever made and a well-deserved box office flop. All that commotion disturbed the sleep of the egrets, who apparently decided “there goes the neighborhood” and disappeared overnight. That was in 2011. I hadn’t spotted more than the occasional egret in the park since then and lamented their absence. I am hoping my sighting of the four couples signals a return en masse to their island.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Back With my Birds

Now that our sculpture show is up and running, I am turning my attention back to photography. My
current project is a children’s book of bird photos for Pelican Publishing. I have been photographing birds in and around the New Orleans region for the past two years. The idea of the book is to show a wide variety of bird species doing interesting things, accompanied by short comments meant to appeal to children. My hope is to charm, entertain, and educate young children about bird habits and habitats. One thing I particularly enjoy about this project is getting out into fresh air and open spaces. I also feel a certain sense of kinship with the birds. I may be imagining things, but I have the impression they have gotten to know me and accept my presence.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

New Sculpture Show

"Making Waves," my new show with Viorel Hodre opened on Saturday, February 23, at the Georges Art Gallery, 300 Park Road, Metairie. Featuring 18 pieces of sculpture and three photographs, the show's opening also included a sound installation by my husband, Tom Sancton. Herewith the gallery's description of the exhibition:

"Despite their sharply differing styles, Sylvaine Sancton and Viorel Hodre share a common vision of the sculptor’s mission: to convert matter into forms that provoke an emotional response. Sancton’s work in wood and bronze stresses the curves and arcs of the natural world—ocean waves, rivulets of flowing water, the sensual contours of the female body. Hodre’s steel and wood pieces are more angular and geometric, evoking crystals, molecular structures, or phantasmagoric spacecraft. Observers are free to see whatever they like in the non-figurative work of both sculptors, but they are unlikely to remain indifferent. In that sense, “Making Waves” refers both to the recurrent form in Sancton’s sculpture and photography, and to the artists’ shared aim of shaking up certainties and conventions."

                                                      The show will be up until March 28. All are welcome.

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