Momo set to hit bookstores
Sudbury resident Andrew Knapp phones Northern Life from a pizza parlour in Asheville, North Carolina, the southern city where he and his dog, Momo, are currently escaping the North's sub-zero climate.
Starting in March, though, this leisurely pace of life will be at an end.
The dynamic duo are set to take on a whirlwind book tour for Knapp's new book, Find Momo, that will take them across the United States and Canada, finally ending up back home in the Nickel City in May.
It all started with a peculiar habit of Momo's.
Knapp would go to throw a stick for Momo, but the border collie would already be gone, hiding behind a rock or tree in anticipation of where it would land.
The 31-year-old graphic designer and photographer started snapping photos of Momo hiding in various landscapes, and would post it on Instagram.
It's a sort of Where's Waldo? game involving photography and the five-and-a-half-year-old dog.
“I had Instagram, I had an iPhone and a really cute dog,” Knapp said. “I really liked sharing photos of him. I also liked taking photos of landscapes and cityscapes.”
Knapp's friends then started sharing the photos with their friends, and before long, the project had gone viral.
When major media outlets in Canada and the United States picked up the story, Momo became a social media darling and Knapp received book offers from several publishers.
Not being “in love” with any of these companies, Knapp started looking for books he particularly liked, and found out who published them.
That's how he ended up on the phone with Quirk Books in Philadelphia, Penn., who quickly offered him a book deal.
Because the publishing company distributes through Random Books, Find Momo will be released in bookstores across North America starting March 4.
“I'm just really honoured to be able to share Momo's awesomeness with everyone,” Knapp said.
The book, which is 146 pages long, features more than 100 photos of Momo hiding. The majority of the photos are taken in the Sudbury area, but some were also taken in other places in Ontario and in the New England area, where Knapp went on a road trip last year.
While the book, which costs $15, will be available in local bookstores in March, it's also currently available for pre-order for just $11 on Indigo.
To see more of Momo's adventures, visit gofindmomo.com.