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Erin Napier Surprises Fans With New Career Announcement

Photo via Erin Napier on Instagram

Erin Napier Surprises Fans With New Career Announcement

By Movieguide® Staff

HOME TOWN’s Erin Napier recently announced her newest venture, a children’s book called THE LANTERN HOUSE, inspired by her favorite childhood books.

“The Lantern House is a return to classic children’s literature with the timeless story of a house as an ever-present member of the family, a watcher and keeper of the people who love and live within it,” Napier wrote on her Instagram.

Napier teamed with her friend and illustrator Adam Trest to create a book about something she understands well, the beauty of a home.

“From the first seedling of thoughts I had about this book, I knew my old friend and beloved Mississippi illustrator, @AdamTrest, was the only person I would trust to give this house its face, its personality,” she wrote in the Instagram post. “Our creative partnership goes back over a decade and after dozens of collaborations together for personal and professional projects alike, I feel that my words and his art are the potion that will bring the house to life for young readers in vivid, whimsical color.”

Napier also shared that both THE LITTLE HOUSE by Virginia Lee Burton and THE HOUSE ON EAST 88TH by bernard Waber inspired her to write the book.

“Imagine a house’s early days as a home: A young family builds a picket fence and plants flowers in its yard, children climb the magnolia tree and play the piano in the living room, and there is music inside the house for many happy years. But what will happen when its windows grow dark, the paint starts to crumble, and its boards creak in the winter wind? The Lantern House dreams of a family who will love it again… and one day, a new story will emerge from within its walls,” she wrote.

The book is only available to pre-order on Amazon. However, Napier announced that the book’s release date will be in May 2022.