First-time author Valerie Gates signed copies of her book, The Other Colors ABC Book, at Wellesley Books on May 1.

Signed copies of the book can be bought at Wellesley Books and unsigned ones on Amazon here: . If people buy an unsigned book, they can contact Valerie ( to have it personalized.

About the Author:

Valerie Gates is an Emmy award-winning art director. Working with off-beat colors every day, she wanted to create a book that introduced some of the cool alternative colors into the primary color world of children’s books. She teamed up with her good friend of many years, photographer Ann Cutting, to produce this whimsical book that will appeal to all ages. Her favorite color in the book is byzantine. Gates lives in a Xanadu house with chartreuse chairs with her husband and two children, and a large taupe cat named George.