Joy of Swimming Instagram Contest Winner!


Joy of Swimming Stop Motion June 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined in on my Joy of Swimming Instagram contest (you can view the original post and rules here). I loved all of the entries (and will share my favorites below), but the winner is Abbie Adams, who created this really amazing stop motion gif with the book! It’s incredible, isn’t it?? Abbie is an illustrator living in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

I loved all of the entries but these two below were close runners up after Abbie!

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I love this gorgeous painting of the cover (as a library book!!) by @jdgchocolat!

And I also loved this painting that includes the cover by @zestandlavender! Isn’t it fabulous???

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Thank you to everyone who participated!! Abbie, I’ll be in touch about claiming your prizes!

Speaking of Joy of Swimming, check out this article in Swimming World about the book!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Joy of Swimming Instagram Contest!



Introducing my Instagram photo contest for The Joy of Swimming!

Here’s how to participate & some info on the contest:
+Post an image of the book (or yourself, your kids or your friends with book) in an interesting environment to Instagram using #theswimmingbook and #myjoyofswimming (using both of the hashtags is really important — if you don’t use them, we have no way to find your entry) and you must also tag me using my IG username @lisacongdon  in the description of your photo.
+Extra points for creativity or humor! Your image can even be a drawing or painting of the book, a hyper lapse video —  wherever your inspiration takes you! The only rule is that the image of the book cover must be in the photo.
+Entries are due midnight, June 23rd. I will judge the entries and announce one winner on June 24th.+Contest starts…NOW!

What’s the prize???

Winner will receive  two signed copies of The Joy of Swimming, two archival prints of artwork from the book (both signed by me), and a $50 Speedo gift certificate! I’ll also throw in some other surprise goodies from my shop! I’ll also post your winning photo to my feed and tag you!

If you don’t already have your own copy of The Joy of Swimming, there’s still plenty of time to get one so you can participate in the contest. Head on over to the book’s website for information on where to purchase (click on the “Buy the Book” tab up at the top of the site.

Can’t wait to see what you post!


Seattle Book Event May 24!


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Seattle, I’m coming your way on Tuesday, May 24 for an event at University Books. I’ll be sitting down with local Seattle journalist & personality Tracey Conway for a conversation about swimming and the creative process, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing for my latest book The Joy of Swimming. The event starts at 7 pm. Get there early — seats are limited!

More info here!

This is the FINAL stop on my book tour & I’d love to see you there!


Portland Book Signing May 17!



Hello to my hometown of PORTLAND! Join me this coming TUESDAY, May 17 at Broadway Books for a book signing for my latest book The Joy of Swimming (and any of my books they have in stock)! I’d love to see you there. Event goes from 7-8 pm. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway. Come say hello! Kids welcome! Hugs! High fives!

Optional RSVP here. Event is free and open to the public. You can check out all of my book tour events here.


Video Interview with Danny Gregory!



One of my favorite people on the planet is artist and writer Danny Gregory. You may recall I interviewed him here when his last book Art Before Breakfast came out. And so I was super honored when a few weeks ago he interviewed me about both my creative process and my latest book, The Joy of Swimming. You can watch all three of our conversations here on the blow (below). We talk about the making books, the creative process, swimming and all kinds of juicy stuff! The sound is a little off, so feel free to turn off the video if you’d just like to listen! Enjoy and thank you, Danny!

(PS: Danny and I will be recording another podcast soon about his latest book Shut Your Monkey. Stay tuned for that!)




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