Ardyth Brott & Alena Skarina
The Loneliest Piano
Ardyth Brott’s first book Jeremy’s Decision was published in 1990 by Oxford University Press and sold 90,000 copies. The French language edition was published as Olivier Ne Sait Pas by La Courte Echelle. Spanish language rights for Jeremy’s decision have been sold. Jeremy’s Decision takes us in to the world of music, a family where the Father is a composer and a young man, Jeremy, who makes up his own mind!
Ardyth Brott’s next book, Here I Am, illustrated by Dragana Miladinovic-Eic, was published in Canada in 2012 and has sold 5,000 copies. The book takes children and all of us back to the incredible journey of our birth. Told through the eyes of an ‘about-to-be-born’ child, it explores parents, family relations and the mysteries of unknown sounds.
The Loneliest Piano brings us back to the exploration of the world of music. Ardyth Brott takes us into the inner and personal life of a piano—its creation in a factory in Germany, a sea voyage to New York, a concert in Carnegie Hall, and a journey to a remote country residence. The personalization of how a piano feels about its various journeys, adventures and misadventures, its triumphs and loneliness, is unusual and wonderful.
Ardyth Brott is not only a writer, but also a lawyer and arts administrator. Her first book Jeremy’s Decision was published in 1990 by Oxford University Press and sold 90,000 copies. Ardyth Brott’s next book, Here I Am, illustrated by Dragana Miladinovic-Eic, was published in Canada in 2012 and has sold 5,000 copies. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario and also in Montreal.
Alena Skarina, the illustrator, is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist born in Siberia, Russia in 1986. At the age of 17, she was recruited by the renowned Toronto-based illustrator agency, Rector Art & Design who have represented her since. Alena lives in Toronto, Ontario.