ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A new book is hitting shelves this weekend and all proceeds from sales will benefit Ferguson.
A local woman took some of paintings seen on boarded up windows and doors and created a children’s book with the collected artwork.
Carol Swartout Klein was born and raised in Ferguson, but later moved to Clayton. When she saw the events unfold after the death of Michael Brown she was looking for a way to help. Three days after the first round of looting and she fires she noticed painters coming out to paint over the ugly boarded up doors and windows. Using those images she created “Painting for Peace in Ferguson,” her first book.
“It’s a tool to start conversations, the book is written in a neutral way, it doesn’t go into why there was unrest, but certainly if families want to address it they can,” Klein told News 4.
Klein created a non-profit so the money made from the book will go back into Ferguson small businesses and education programs to help kids.
The book will hit store shelves Saturday morning. On Saturday, Klein will be available at various places in Ferguson to sign books and talk to the community. She will be at the Ferguson Winter Market from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the Ferguson Library from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for a reading and the Ferguson Brewing Company from 3 to 6 p.m.
Click here for more information about the book or to order your copy.