From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Copen will be signing copies of the book at the annual Halloween event at Scraps Dog Company, 6120 Mae Anne Ave. in Reno. Along with the book signing, there will be a French bulldog costume contest with prizes for best dressed, most creative and scariest Frenchie costumes.
“The Heart Thieves: Enchanting French Bulldog Puppies” is a full-color, limited printing, collector’s book. Its candid puppy photography showcases all the unique and quirky attributes of this wonderful breed.
The book just debuted at the French Bull Dog Club of America’s National Specialty Show in Wisconsin on Sept. 13. Copen is also the author and photographer of the multi-award-winning book, “A French Bulldog for Every Season.”
Copen said her goal with her new book was to take her artistic experience and style expertise and blend them with the love she has for animals in general and her passion for the French bulldog breed in particular. She worked on the book part-time for three years.
The book is for sale at www.michelecopen.com, Amazon.com, at pet boutiques and fine book stores.
“I can sum up Michele’s new book, ‘The Heart Thieves: Enchanting French Bulldog Puppies,’ in one word of the title: enchanting,” said Jan Grebe, president of the French Bull Dog Club of America, in a press release. “Though this may mean charming, delightful, captivating, and enthralling, here I think it refers to enchantments cast by sorcerers. For the Frenchie puppies shown in this extraordinary book are nothing short of bewitching! Those already under the spell of a Frenchie will recognize the signs of enchantment in these magnificent photos. Whether playing, resting, playing dress-up, or just engaging in puppy busywork, the little heart thieves that Michele has so beautifully captured will remind us why we were ensnared by this breed in the first place.”
Copen is a photographer and graphic designer working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is active in the Northern California French Bulldog Club as well as the national club. To learn more about the book and its author, visit www.michelecopen.com.