Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Peter Mayer and Phyllis London author and illustrator of A Junkman’s Christmas Eve.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Peter Mayer, of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and the Peter Mayer Group, has released his first illustrated book for all ages, entitled A Junkman’s Christmas Eve. The tale of Ernie the Junkman’s journey to Christmas is a story rooted in Mayer’s childhood in India and is brought to life with vibrant illustrations by New Jersey artist and illustrator, Phyllis London. Her work hangs in private, public and corporate collections across the country. She is a Signature Artist Member of the Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton University.
“One Christmas when I was very young, our family gathered around the Christmas tree to open gifts. Crisis struck when my parents realized they had come up short in the present count for me,” said Peter Mayer, author of A Junkman’s Christmas Eve. “My father went to his tool bench and quickly rescued 4 or 5 pieces of ‘junk’; a lighter that wouldn’t light, and other discarded odds and ends. He wrapped them all in newspaper and brought the newly christened ‘gifts’ out to me, a wide-eyed 4-year-old.”
It’s from this memory that Mayer wrote a song called A Junkman’s Christmas, which he has performed at his celebrated annual Stars and Promises Christmas tour throughout the country. The book pairs the lyrics of the song with artist Phyllis London’s detailed and colorful illustrations to tell the story of Ernie the Junkman and his journey to Christmas. While so many families come together to celebrate songs of hope, joy and peace at Christmas, Ernie finds these qualities to be hard-won in his worn-out world. The final page allows readers to scan their smartphones or tablets over a QR code to listen to the song A Junkman’s Christmas while paging through the book.
Peter Mayer is a recording artist, songwriter, and touring musician. He has released 13 albums to date and tours year-round with his band, the Peter Mayer Group. For the past 27 years, he has performed and recorded with Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band and shared the stage with a variety of artists such as Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, and Ringo Starr. For more information on Peter Mayer, visit www.petermayer.com.
Phyllis London is a fine artist and illustrator. Her work hangs in private, public and corporate collections across the country. South Florida and the south Jersey shore have inspired many of her paintings, which feature sailing, clamming, tropical foliage and really cool places like “Blue Heaven.”
She has worked as a freelance illustrator for publications and designers. Her work has been published in numerous magazines. She is a Signature Artist Member of the Noyes Museum of Art. Phyllis lives by the coast in South Jersey with her husband, singer, songwriter, Lew London.
Check out her work on www.phyllis london.com